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Passed SCJP today with 92%

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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
Hello everybody,
I wrote the exam today. I used RHE and the JLS online for my preparation. I have been a passive visitor in this forum for the past couple of weeks. Javaranch has been a tremendous help for me in learning Java.
I don't have previous experience in java programming. I did all the mock exams online and regularly visited this site. That is all!! The exam closely resembles Marcus green exams. I scored 88 - 90% in the three Marcus exams i took yesterday for the second time after two weeks. Even though Khalid's exam is tough, it liked it because it makes the fundamentals clear.
The test was mostly on basic concepts. It didn't focus on APIs and detailed coding syntax.I finished the exam in about an hour, then spent the next 40 minutes going over all my answers.
Got 5 fill in the blank questions, the rest were divided evenly between multiple choice and single choice.
1 on I/O which was easy.
3-4 on Events
2-3 on Exceptions
2 on Garbage collection
Several each on inheritance, overloading, and overriding
2 on layout managers, including one on GridBagLayout. Had to know all the properties of the GridBagConstraints object and how they interrelate.
1 on immutability of Strings - thanks to Javaranch, for all the discussions regarding strings.
Mediatracker appeared as one of the choices in a question.
Good Luck!!
Bhasker Reddy
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Joined: Jun 13, 2000
Posts: 176
what is JLS online, is it a online java lang specification or
tutorial can someone please explain

Bhasker Reddy
Carl Trusiak

Joined: Jun 13, 2000
Posts: 3340
A copy of the book Java Language Specification that can be read on-line at Good Reading

I Hope This Helps
Carl Trusiak, SCJP2, SCWCD
Tony Alicea

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Posts: 3226
The Tutorial is here.
And Congrats, Anna!

Tony Alicea
Senior Java Web Application Developer, SCPJ2, SCWCD
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congrats Anna, score. Good show!

Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
Anil Kollur
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Joined: Mar 25, 2000
Posts: 101

Hello Anna,
Congratulations, thats really a good score indeed and thanks for your tips regarding the exam.

Anil Kollur

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