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Regarding Cameron McKenzie's SCJA Preparation Guide ...

Vassili Vladimir
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Is it necessary to have Cameron McKenzie's two preparation books to prepare for the SCJA exam ?

Does the first book have mock questions at the end of each chapter, or, I have to buy the second book to have mock questions ?

Please advice ...

Thanks in advance ...

Vassili ...
SCJP 5.0, SCWCD 1.4, SCJA 1.0
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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It is absolutely necessary to purchase both books, although my opinion might be slightly biased.

The study guide contains about 150 sample SCJA questions, with questions at the end of each chapter, three small mock exams of 20 questions each at midway points through the book, and a final mock exam of 50 questions that simulates the real exam.

The second book is what most people use to really polish off their knowledge and build the confidence they need to get a really high score on the exam. It contains 350 questions, different from the questions in the SCJA Study Guide, that really hit the exam objectives from just about every imaginable angle.

Best of luck in your studies!

-Cameron McKenzie
Vassili Vladimir
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Thanks for this great and descriptive reply
Preetha Arunkumar

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i am very new to this and would like to write SCJA. Can anyone guide me how to start?. I am going to do j2ee in bangalore. will that cover the syllabus of SCJA?
Swapnil Sonawane
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Hi Preetha, you can go through objectives for the exam on sun's site and you can also go through SCJA FAQS here on javaranch. That will give you a start. For Java language, you can refer book by Kathy Sierra. For UML you can refer to the free pdf available on and it would be better if you can buy Cameron Mckenzie's books, otherwise there are other resources online which aren't specifically for SCJA preparation. Also join the google group for SCJA Thanks.

Swapnil S. Sonawane<br /> <br />B.Tech (Expected May 2009)<br />Computer Science, NIT Durgapur, India<br />SCJA 1.0
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