This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
I cleared the exam on wednesday with 88%. Anything more than 90% would have made me much happier. I would like to thank all my fellow ranchers here who helped me in my preparation for the exam by clearing my doubts.
Regarding the preparation for the exam: I have read HFSJ twice and did the whizlab mock exams. I went over Bridgewater study guide once. I think HFSJ itself is more than enough for the exam to score anything around 85%. I haven't went through any specs as I have a preparation time of only one month. Notes from Frederic helped me. Thanks to him. I made only 57% on the final mock exam in HFSJ and its more than +20% for me. The questions in the exam are not as easy as I expected though. I got many questions on Design patterns almost 7 to 8. I lost many points in EL and Custom tags. People preparing for the exam concentrate on these topics.
Thats all from my side. Hope to see many of you in the SCEJB forum. I will try to hang out here and see whether I can help some people.