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Cleared SCJA!! 90%

Vishal Gupta
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Joined: Apr 01, 2008
Posts: 32
I cleared SCJA with 90% score. Before giving the test I thought I will score more than 90%. During exam all my expectation went down and at one point of time I thought I am just going to pass!!

Thanks a lot to Javaranch, Cameron and all my friends who helped me during my prep.

Here is break up-

Fundamental OO Concepts : 87
UML representation of OOC: 100
Java Implementation of OOC: 87
Algorithm Design and Imp: 83
Java Development Fundamentals : 100
Java Platforms and Integration Technologies: 60 (no idea what went wrong!!)
Client technologies: 100
Server Tech: 100

Here is my preparation and suggestions:
I started with Head first java. I would highly recommend this book for beginners as well as for mid-experience Java developer. After completing this book I took SCJA study guide by Cameron. I went through it almost twice. This book is pretty good in terms of OO concepts and UML. (other chapters are also good but I find these 2 are best in context of SCJA ). Other than these two books I studied on net on various topics�went through J2ME pdf, J2EE tutorial (very few pages), hfoo-associateuml.pdf and most important � SCJA objective � read 1-2 times in a day!!!
I had tried reading few topics from SCJP book too to make my concepts clear. I have a feeling that SCJP prep would help in SCJA on common objectives.

After and during studies, I took various mock exams � free and paid one:-
I have posted them in few replies. I am again posting here:-

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

-I haven�t bought uCertify and Whizlabs but I think those are good one.
-I would highly recommend SUN ePractice exam (contain 3 tests of 51 questions each)
If some of you have attempted SUN proficiency test and not able to find answers. You would get many of them in one of three test here. I cleared proficiency test with 70% and scored 75%, 90% and 82% in Sun ePractice exams.
-Tests from Cameron�s mock exams book and from scja.de were also good. I think these two should be must to start with mock exams

Now the important part about the actual exam � it is really good exam and requires in-depth knowledge of concepts. Some questions are very simple and basic but some of them gone over my head. When I was attempting those few questions I was thinking that I am not ready yet.
I felt like challenged. I should say that till you solve �most difficult question in a world� on a particular concept you should not feel that you know that concept fully. :roll:

And there is no shortcuts
�you have to study
�you have to study hard and
�you have to study all!!

All the best.!!!

Vishal Gupta<br />------------<br />SCJA
Anand Shrivastava
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Joined: Jul 22, 2007
Posts: 125
Congratulations Vishal, you deserve it.

Though i have not prepared that much, but still i am taking the exam tomorrow.

Anand Shrivastava
Joe Harry
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Stephen Davies
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Joined: Jul 23, 2008
Posts: 352
Well done Vishal, great result, on to SCJP?

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paarul saxena

Joined: Jun 18, 2008
Posts: 10
hey...congratulationss...im planning to give it soon..
any tips...i havent purchased any mock exams...did your enthuware kit work..???mine does not...
Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar
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Joined: Oct 01, 2007
Posts: 759
Congrats!!!, I used the Sun's E-practice exam too to achieve SCJD.

Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar
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Vishal Gupta
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Joined: Apr 01, 2008
Posts: 32
Thanks Guys!
yes Stephen I am targeting SCJP now..
Sharma Ritu
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Joined: Jul 25, 2007
Posts: 261
Congratulations on your wonderful score!

Best wishes
Ritu Sharma
[ September 14, 2008: Message edited by: Ulf Dittmer ]
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Congratulations! I'm so glad my SCJA books could play a small role in your Sun Certification Exam success!

-Cameron McKenzie
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