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Jay Taylor

Joined: Jan 31, 2008
Posts: 6
I am ashamed to say I have failed the SCJA two times. I have used ucertify and the amazing books by Cameron but I'm just not getting it. I have until March 30 to get this certification. This certification is all that stands between me and my BS in IT.

I need help... Any intensive instruction or face-to-face tutoring options out here anywhere?

AHHHH I am stressed!
Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar
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Joined: Oct 01, 2007
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Jay Taylor,

Maybe you took the exam unpreparedly. Have you already analyze your score on the mock exam you used to prepare? You have to at least score 75 % in the mock exam (without using a reference) before you take the real exam.

What is the difficulty in SCJA that you encounter? maybe I can help you.

I failed SCJA exam once, that was because I took the exam unpreparedly.


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Freddy Wong
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I have no experience in SCJA, but in order to pass any exam, you basically need to understand all the objectives and do LOTS of coding. Don't forget to do a lot of mock exams. Always aim for high score because in the worst scenario, you will still get a low score, but at least you still pass. That kinda mentality is good to have I guess.

All the best of your exam. You can do it

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Jay Taylor

Joined: Jan 31, 2008
Posts: 6
Thanks for the information.

I am usually very good at tests and things come to me naturally but Java is difficult for me to grasp and I don't know why.

I just took a 40 question Test with uCertify and all I scored was a 50....

Algorithm Design and Implementation 29% (4 out of 14)(This is apparently my biggest area of opportunity-Suggestions?)
Fundamental Object-Oriented Concepts 67% (6 out of 9)
Java Implementation of Object Oriented Concepts 38% (3 out of 8)
Java Platforms and Integration Technologies 100% (2 out of 2)
Server Technologies 60% (3 out of 5)
UML Representation of Object Oriented Concepts 100% (2 out of 2)

Advice I have recieved and tried to follow.
do a lot of coding - (I am doing this and when I have errors I try to figure it out and often go to resources to get the solution)

take practice exams - (I do this but it is almost like I am memorizing questions. I can get an answer right but the cognitive connection is not there. I just remember the question or one similar and choose the right answer... this is not learning.)

Study the SCJA books by Cameron McKenzie - Done it cover to cover more than once.

Use the Cashman Series Java programming - Did it partially but seemed to not help and didn't finish the book.

So I am open to any and all suggestions.

My suggestion -
Cameron, I'll fly you to Texas and you can stay at my house and tutor me for the next two or three weeks.

I have gotten a couple private messages and some helpful advice. Thanks to all of you reaching out.
[ February 01, 2008: Message edited by: Jay Taylor ]
Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar
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Taylor, do you have the other java book? I recommend you to study a lot of Java programming language even some of it doesn't covered in the exam. That'll help you a lot in the exam. In fact, When I failed the exam, I scored 62% (relying only my Java programming language skill) and I almost passed the test. You can link to my short story

If you want, you can subscribe E-practice exam from Sun Microsystem. I used it in my preparation along with Cameron's SCJA study guide.


Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar
SCJP 5.0
Planning to prepare SCJD
marc weber

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JavaRanch isn't "face to face," but the expertise of our community here can be a great tutor.

While studying, post your questions here when you don't understand something. I'm sure someone can help you.

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Kaydell Leavitt
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Joined: Nov 18, 2006
Posts: 689

I have read that passively reading a book can have a reading comprehension of as little as 5% (depending upon your study habits).

At the other extreme -- teaching someone else what you are learning -- can give you a comprehension as high as 90%.

Why don't you hang out in the beginner's forum and see if you can reason your way through other peoples' questions and help them?
[ February 03, 2008: Message edited by: Kaydell Leavitt ]
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