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Prepping for SJCA after Failing SCJP

Robert Shone
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Joined: Aug 14, 2008
Posts: 3
HI all

I'm new on here so Hi!

I am now just preping for the SCJA exam and think I am about there I have been using WIZlabs prep kit and have read through "SCJA Sun Certified Java Associate Study Guide for Test CX-310-019" twice.
I have also gone through Head first Java and am now going through "O'Rielys Learning Java".
I think I am ready for the test but want to be sure as I have already failed the SCJP Exam 3 times and all 3 time I thought I was ready and did well when I did not!
I don't do programming as a job and want to get into it for a career, I need to be sure about this exam before I start studying again for the SCJP exam so could someone please point me to some websites etc and give me some advice on both subject prep and exam technique please?

Thanks in advance
Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar
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Joined: Oct 01, 2007
Posts: 759
Hi, by using SCJA study guide, whizlab, and head first java, I think you already have a good preparation.

It's all depend on how much knowledge do you obtain in those materials.

Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar
SCJP 5.0
SCJA
SCJD (Working on UrlyBird 1.3.2)
Robert Shone
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 14, 2008
Posts: 3
Thank you for that advice!

Would you recommend that I try anything else or any other mock exams first?
Rory Thomas
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Joined: Apr 17, 2008
Posts: 27
Welcome.

Check out the Mock exam sections on the left side of Cameron's site:
http://studyguides.scja.com/ExamScam/get.jsp?link=books

I used Head First Java, doing most of the programming projects in the book. I then read through the SCJA book at least 3 times. I also made myself flashcards, about 150 of them, based on the materials in the book. I also copied all the questions and exams from the SCJA book, so I could do them more than once. You would think you remember the answers, but there is a lot there. Even if you do remember the answers, isn't that the point?

For UML, there is a free guide somewhere, but I can't find the site right now. It was from Head First as well, as a filler while they were finishing up a book that would include it. I'm sure I found it through this site, so take a look around.

If you are new to Java, which I was, having not touched it for eight years, I think this could be enough. If you are failing the SCJP, I can see going for the SCJA. The merits of the SCJA are yet to be really quantified, but it can't hurt (although some say it can). Anyway, I am also trying to switch careers, and having that on my resume has attracted the attention of some recruiters, but I get the feeling they don't really know the difference between the SCJA and the SCJP/D, etc. Maybe that's good, maybe bad.

Anyway, keep going through it. The exam was difficult, but with those materials, should be passable. I would be curious what you used for the SCJP? that said, they are not really aimed at the same audience from what I understand, with the SCJP aimed more at programming, versus the SCJA maybe aimed at general wide-spread knowledge.

Good Luck


SCJP February 2010, SCJA June 2008
Vishal Gupta
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Joined: Apr 01, 2008
Posts: 32
Hi,
If you go through various posts of this forum, you will get lot of things.
I have compiled some of them:

1)Both Cameron McKenzie's books and mock exams (http://scja.com/)
2)SCJA.de ebook and mock questions (http://scja.de/)
3)uCertify preparation kit and mock questions (http://www.ucertify.com/exams/SUN/CX310-019.html)
4)whizlabs and mock exams (http://www.whizlabs.com/scja/scja.html)
5)Enthuware's trial version and mock exams (http://www.enthuware.com/jassplus/index.html)
6) Sun ePractice 10 questions (https://tmn.sun.com/WLC/Login?cmd=login1)
7) Sun proficiency Test (http://www.sun.com/training/certification/assessment/index.jsp)
8) eJavaguru (10 question) http://www.ejavaguru.com/scjafreemockexam.php

All the best!


Vishal Gupta<br />------------<br />SCJA
Robert Shone
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 14, 2008
Posts: 3
Thank you for that, I'll have a good look at it!

FOr the SCJP I purchased the recommended training CD-Rom package from SUN themselves(at a considerable cost) and went through it twice and though that I was ready was doing good on mock exams and things but I still managed to fail it 3 times!!

I'm not sure if its my knowledge base or my exam technique that is my problem!!

I have just spent so much money on this I now just want something back from all the hard work!

Bob
Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar
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Joined: Oct 01, 2007
Posts: 759
Would you recommend that I try anything else or any other mock exams first?


Try Sun's SCJA E-practice exam. Link to http://www.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/CX-310-019.xml. It is not free but I found that mock exam was very useful. I used it to along the Cameron's SCJA study guide. Keep Working pal !!!

Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar
SCJP 5.0 (27 August 07)
SCJA (4 January 08)
SCJD (Working on UrlyBird 1.3.2)
Vishal Gupta
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Joined: Apr 01, 2008
Posts: 32
Jeffery, I think you are saying about below link. please confirm.

http://www.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/WGS-PREX-J019C.xml
 
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