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I just passed the SCJP 1.2 with 93%


Joined: Feb 29, 2000
Posts: 3
I passed my SCJP 1.2 exam with 93% !!!
Thanks to Tony Alicea & Jim Yingst for
running an excellent discussion forum.
I used The complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide.
Additionally I went thru Dylan's notes last weekend.
Tony's site was a good starting point ...
Good Luck to you all !!
- Ajit
Tony Alicea

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Posts: 3222
Congratulations! You got an "A"
And thanks for the "honorable mentions".
For informal survey questions, what was your prior experience with Java and/or any other programming languages, if you don't mind me asking?

Tony Alicea
Senior Java Web Application Developer, SCPJ2, SCWCD

Joined: Feb 29, 2000
Posts: 3
I have been working in Computers for more than a few years. Until now I have worked in C/C++, Visual Basic & JavaScript.
All that experience certainly came in handy for learning Java. But when I started to answer the certification questions it became a major handicap !!
Actually, IMHO, learning the intricate workings of Java is painstaking work but with reasonable effort, it can be done. The major pitfall for certification is making sure you answer the right question and not to be hasty when answering. I made the same mistake a few times. Now, everybody knows strings are immutable in Java. Well, I used my C++ instincts to answer and almost got that wrong in my haste. Thankfully, I went back for a 2nd look and caught it.

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Rolf Weasel
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Joined: Feb 26, 2000
Posts: 82
Ajit, great score! congrats!
btw, did the exam comply strictly with the sun syllabus? many mocks have question on things like the <APPLET> tag though they are not mentioned in the syllabus. did u find any in the exam?

May the Moose be with you.

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Thanks Rolf,

Yes, the exam did comply very strictly with the Sun syllabus.

It seemed that the more difficult questions were asked before the easier ones. It turned out that the seemingly easy ones were tricky and I had to revisit and correct a few of them on the 2nd pass. They were not as obvious as they looked.

Also, the RHE book covered all the topics pretty well. I am pretty sure all the questions could be answered from that book. There was even a seemingly obscure question with Unicode and I could have sworn the answer was not mentioned in the book. I went back to check and it was mentioned right there plain as daylight. Thankfully my guess was right on the mark and I did not lose that point!

If you read that book forwards and backwards you could get 100%, provided you read the test question very carefully.

What I found useful was answering the question after I thought I understood it, and then justifying my selection (true/false) for each indivdual choice. You might think there isn't enough time for that but time won't be a problem if you know the rules.

Good Luck.

Rolf Weasel
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Joined: Feb 26, 2000
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thanks a lot ajit!
I agree. Here's the link:
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