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Some facts about SCJD.

zeus chaos
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Joined: Apr 03, 2005
Posts: 4
Hi,

I have recently passed my SCJP exam with 93%. I am newly employed, however I do not work on Java technologies at my company.

I want to go ahead and do SCJD out of interest in Java.

I have little experience in designing. I would like to know what approach would be suitable for me?


How much time should be dedicated for an assignment on an average?

How much preparation time should be put in before going for the SCJD examination.

I agree that the time factor should reflect a persons capabilities and skill set, however, I want to have a general idea about the input I would have to put in.

Plus, would it be advisable to take leave while working on my assignment.

Regards,
Zeus.
Kai Witte
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Joined: Jul 17, 2004
Posts: 356
hello,

to prepare I recommend the books "Thinking in Java" (based on what you know already you may just need chapter 16 and above), "Effective Java" and "Design Patterns". Working through these costs a lot of time, but it gives you skills you need all the time, not just for the SCJD-assignment.

You should have finished a few projects with 50 kB or more source code.

Almost everyone needs 100 - 200 hours for the SCJD-assignment, independent from prior knowledge and experience (the minimum is around 20 - 25 hours).

However, I read about many poeple who knew far less than I suggested before they got started with their project, and it worked out well for them anyway: They learned a lot while working on the assignment and they passed with a high score.

Conan


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zeus chaos
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Joined: Apr 03, 2005
Posts: 4
Hi Conan,

Thanks a lot for your immediate reply. I appreciate your guidance.

There is one particular question which concerns me the most.

Does the number of days that we take to complete the assignment have an impact on assessment?

If I intend to put in 100 hrs in the assignment, would it be alright to spread out my assignment over one month working 3-4 hours a day. Or would it help me score better if I put in 8 hours a day and finish the assignment in 12-15 days?

Thanks and Regards,
Zeus
Kai Witte
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Joined: Jul 17, 2004
Posts: 356
hello,

as far as I know and according to the official statements by Sun the time you take is irrelevant. I did it in 17 days, because I had the time.

Conan
zeus chaos
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Joined: Apr 03, 2005
Posts: 4
Hi Conan,

Thanks again. And 17 days - you must be really fast, or must have worked real long hours.

:-)

Hope to be able to interact more with you.

Thanks and Regards,
Zeus
Paul Bourdeaux
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Joined: May 24, 2004
Posts: 783
17 days is extremely fast... much faster than the average. I spent around six months on mine, but I also have a demanding full time job and two children under the age of 3!


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