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Passed SCJP2 with 98%

Junaid Bhatra
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Joined: Jun 27, 2000
Posts: 213
Hello everyone,
Today I passed the SCJP2 exam scoring 98%
I missed just 1 question. I actually finished the exam in 55 minutes so I had a whole lot of time to go back and re-check my answers.
This site and Marcus Green's site helped me a lot in my preparation. I'd like to thank all the people on this site, especially Ajith, Maha and Jim. It was wonderful to read your explanations, which were lengthy at times! The discussions on this site were instrumental in getting a lot of my fundamentals cleared.
My preparation materials were:
2)Exam Cram
3)Java Language specification 2nd ed
I also referred to Core Java and the Java Tutorial. If you have time and are serious about getting a high score, you should read JLS. It's a wonderful book which explains the intricate details of the language.
My impressions about the exam are:
1)The exam mainly tests you on the fundamentals. It is not an API cramming exam, so don't really worry too much about cramming all the constructor and method declarations. I did that but it was never tested on the exam. The only constructors/method you need to cram are explicitly mentioned in the Sun objectives.
2)There were TONS of questions about overloading, overriding, access short be very clear on the fundamentals.
3)Also got 3 questions on I/O, 2 questions on GridBagLayout, 4 questions on Threads, about 5-6 type-in questions.
I felt there were 2-3 ambiguous questions too. I'm pretty sure they could have been worded better. I probably missed one such ambiguous question
The questions on the exam were not at all tricky. They were straight-forward and tested you on the fundamental concepts.
I gave a whole bunch of mock exams. Marcus's 3 exams, Exam Cram, Boone Mock exam, Jxam, Applied Reasoning, Khalid, etc. I think Marcus's 3 mock exams best reflect the degree of toughness of the real thing (Marcus's 2nd exam is probably the best of the lot).

[This message has been edited by Junaid Bhatra (edited July 27, 2000).]

Joined: Mar 01, 2001
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congrats !!!
well some tips you have given are quite useful..
i have posted one query on java ranch please help me out...
vivek rai
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Joined: May 08, 2000
Posts: 45
congrats junaid, great score!!!
Sandra Marti
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Joined: Jun 08, 2000
Posts: 63
WOW! Thats a very good score! Congratulations! I can imagine how relieved and happy you must be.
Thanks for your tips and useful info.
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congratulations for scoring that excellent percentile. Very !!

Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
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score.. congrats..
Marcela Blei
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Joined: Jun 28, 2000
Posts: 477
Congratulations! That was a great score!
Bhasker Reddy
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Joined: Jun 13, 2000
Posts: 176
congrats junaid,
it's a very good score.
how long have you been preparing for the exam..,
please give some advise and tips

Bhasker Reddy
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
Great score junaid !!!
How long did you prepare for the exam?
It will be great if you can guideline the stuff in the exam in a tiny bit more detail. Thanks
Let me know of some questions
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Joined: Jul 20, 2000
Posts: 112
Wah.... That's a great Score..... Congrats...
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Hi Junaid Bhatra,
eskay kumar
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Joined: Jul 22, 2000
Posts: 71
Congrats Junaid, thats fantastic!
Wish u the very best for ur bright future ....
Thanks for all those tips, they are going to help us all.
Hey can u tell us how long did u spend preparing for the test, how much on theory - reading books/ ref; how much on coding and how much on mock tests.
eskay !
maha anna
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Joined: Jan 31, 2000
Posts: 1467
Congrats Junaid
We are proud of your success.
maha anna
Harry Chawla
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Joined: Jun 03, 2000
Posts: 97
That was a mind-boggling score.
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Joined: Aug 13, 2000
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Hi Junaid,
CONGRATS!!! Really a great score! Thanks for the tips.
Anil Kollur
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Joined: Mar 25, 2000
Posts: 101

Hi! Junaid,
thats a huge score, u missed only 1 question thats great yar!
Thanx for ur tips regarding the preparation. All the best in ur Java career.

Everyday is a Learning phase! Hence ask "What have I learnt today?"
Junaid Bhatra
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Joined: Jun 27, 2000
Posts: 213
Thanks guys.
I prepared for about 2 months, part-time in the evenings. I started learning java about a year ago, and I have programmed in servlets, JSP, etc (academically though, not professionally). But when I started preparing for the certification I realised that it was quite different than normal every-day programming. The exam forces you to get all your fundamentals thoroughly cleared. Once you do that, then it's all just a matter of learning some API.
One thing which is very important is that you should write and experiment with a lot of code yourself. Sun gives their JDK for free so make good use of it! For example if you don't understand some concept, try to write some code for it, and play around with it. Ofcourse you can always ask questions here on Java Ranch.
All the best for your exams too
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Yes Junaid is 100% right. I will give him the 2% that he lost in his SCJP exam
Don't we all love free stuff? Java API Documentation, JLS, Java Tutorial and JDK all are free. Download them and use them. I often find people asking Will the following code compile? kind of questions. I am not discouraging such questions, but you can very easily find the answers yourself and also learn new things when you do!!. Ask more of Why doesn't this work questions instead of Does this work??.
Remember, for the exams you will need to understand the concepts. So Write a lot of code!!!
Good luck to all!
Stephen Beausang

Joined: Jul 11, 2000
Posts: 6
Congratulations. I am personnaly in awe of your score.
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Hearty Congratulations to You.
deekasha gunwant
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Joined: May 06, 2000
Posts: 396
congrates junaid,
great score.
Rahul Mahindrakar
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Joined: Jul 28, 2000
Posts: 1864
Great Score indeed. Congrats!!!
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