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Me too, now a SCJP !!

Usha Kasi
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Joined: Nov 18, 2000
Posts: 17
Hi everybody,
Yest I got my Java certification. Well , passed with 81%, prob not all that good score compared to many of u here. Eventhough I never actively participated in the discussions, I have always been a quiet follower of the forum and each time it did made me realise how much more I needed to learn. So I owe a thanks to you all folks.
As for the exam, I would say majority of the questions were easy. Probably it is those 25%-30% tough/hard or those that really make u wonder which one could be right, which makes this certification a challenge. Most of the mock exams are so tough I feel it sometimes lets u down on the areas that u need to concentrate for the actual exam. So if u ask for my experience, let me first tell u about the exam :
*There were initially 2 ques regarding Sun marketing etc. Of course I aswered positively as the time started clicking.
* There were lots on fundamentals - ie operators, identifiers, shifting, loops constructs etc.
These were sort of similar to the ones in the mock exams
*There were a 2-3 on encapsulation , where a descr of the design is given and u are asked how to specify the class declaration or its members. ie 'is a', 'has a' questions.
This I feel the Sun sample or RHE book gives good guidance. But beware, they make u think there!!!
* Overloading, overridiing constructors-There were lots of codes to be analysed
*4-5 questions on modifiers including type in, choosing from radio/checkbox(with theoritcal/sentence ), program code situations.
*3-4 on exception handling. (Mock exams make u master these, so don't worry !!)
*3-4 on java.lang - strings & wrappers - quite easy if u know equals and ==
*2/3 on collections - very basic
*2 on I/O again Okay
*4-6 on layouts and awt etc.
* 2 on GC - one theory
* 4 on threads - 3 were theory and it was really hard to choose esp for a person like me whose is weak on threads.
I got 5 type in ques and before the exam I was quite concerned about the way to go about answering those. I feel mostly they mention - to include this or not to put anything other than this etc. I did type a semicolon for a statement, because I was only asked not to leave any space and it was a method call.
I did get all those famous media tracker, append, and socket etc. Thanks to forum, I could handle those.
I feel the GC and Threads, and the overloading and overriding parts were the ones where I lost my score.
As for GC and Threads, get the concepts because it more theory/sentence choice and confusing if u are not confident about the concepts.
For GC- Jyothi Krishna site is useful, but prob not enough.
For threads - I don't know what resource to suggest after seeing the ques, any book that explains the thread behaviour and other concepts will be helpful. Try JLS and JVM too.In fact I am doing that to know what were actually right.
Regarding collections, I/O I suggest - just stick to the Sun objectives and ignore how much u get on these on the mock exams. Again make use of Jyothi site and other notes on the web, this will prob give u enough knowledge if u go as per the objectives. I wasted atleast 2 days before my exam panicking about this and I did get 100% in these topics, but see that means prob 5-6 ques and nothing so tough to spend 2 days.
The composition of ques that we get in the real exam is prob not always reflected in many mock exams , that is why we mix up our weak areas!!
I tried many of the mock exams on Maha's site and the links to the notes were very useful. The inner class points are quite clearly given in Java in a Nutshell. For Gridbag I just made use of the 4-5 pages of Java in 21 days book, just to understand and the mock exams were enough to get a feel of the nature of ques.
So that's my feedback on the exam, and hope to join u all here and in XML and HTML forums too. May start off with Swing and RMI ,but Developer is not on my mind right now.
So best of luck to all the aspirants and thanks to everybody !!
Regards
Usha
Stephanie Grasson
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Joined: Jun 14, 2000
Posts: 347
Congratulations Usha!
Great job!
Rupak Khurana
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Joined: Sep 06, 2000
Posts: 4
Well !! Congrats for the same. I wonder when i would be in such a position to take the test. I have read a SCJP book once and took some mock exams and i faired OK in them but i feel that i know nothing and need to go back to books again. did u also feel that way?
Baskaran Subramani
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Joined: Jul 30, 2000
Posts: 38
Hello Usha Congratulations!!

Thanks for posting ur experiences and sharing ur Ideas.. that is how we all learn.. Good luk for ur future!! Keep visiting JavaRanch.. I am planning to take the exam early next week.. ur tips are really helpful!! thank you very much!!
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Baskaran.
Ada Wang
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Joined: Aug 28, 2000
Posts: 23
Congratulation! It's very kind of you sharing your experience with us. BTW, Could you please tell me the URL of Jyothi site?
Thanks
Ada
Anonymous
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
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Ada,
Jyothi's site http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Network/3693/
Usha Kasi
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 18, 2000
Posts: 17
Thanks to you all for your wishes.
Yes Rupak, I sure used to feel that way, and its always better to get a hold of the topics before we attempt the exams. RHE book is definitely the best one for preparation before taking up the tests.
You can refer to many of the notes, the links are in Maha's site and one more good one that I found was Mike's notes. The url is : http://www.noisiavision.com/java/mikes_study_notes.txt
The other one is at the Jxam site : http://eddiemcnally.hypermart.net/examnotes.html
Have a look at these too and get going !
Regards
Usha
Anonymous
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
Hi Usha...
Congratulations !!!
Do u have any idea where I can find the sample Qs for MediaTracker and Sockets. Also I need to know does the Q on MediaTracker is of Thread and that of Socket is I/O.
Thanks & Regards.
sonkalp@yahoo.com
Anonymous
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
HI!!
can u please mail me your notes to
pooja_soft@yahoo.com
Usha Kasi
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Joined: Nov 18, 2000
Posts: 17
Hi Sonkalp,
Just search the forum with those words - Mediatracker and Sockets. You'll get the information you want.
And Pooja, my notes is sort of a compilation of all the other notes and the points I jotted while trying out mock exams. I don't have a soft copy now. Shall be ready prob in a week. Preparing for my hubby also !! So shall definitely mail u then. hope it'll not be too late.
thanks to you both too
Regards
Usha
Ajith Kallambella
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Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congratulations Usha!
Best wishes for your future endeavours..
Ajith


Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
Netla Reddy
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Joined: Jun 18, 2000
Posts: 15
Congrats Usha !!!
Netla Reddy

softie
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Joined: Aug 29, 2000
Posts: 41
Hi Usha,
Leave all that apart and Congrats for becoming a distinguished SCJP. Well i will become one in another one months time..
Cheers
Venu
Usha Kasi
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 18, 2000
Posts: 17
Thanks to Ajith, Netla and Softie also.
And best of luck Softie !!
Regards
Usha
amit777
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Joined: Sep 07, 2000
Posts: 12
Above All Congratulation USHA
I read the whole text u put on the Forum.it will be very helpfull to me..thanxz 4 it.
any way would u please give the detail of that mock exam n that site's name.
espesially the name of the site.i m giving mock exams so i will be very thankfull 2 u if u send me the name of all the JAVA MOCK EXAMS
thanxz
thanxz again 4 that detail about exam.
Amit Patel.
E-Mail Add:java.net@usa.net

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Usha Kasi
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 18, 2000
Posts: 17
Hi Amit,
Thanks, the exams that I tried were from Maha's site. I don't know which site u are referring to by 'that site' , anyway the site I used for mock exams is: http://www.javaranch.com/maha/_Mock_Exams/_mock_exams.html
best of luck
Regards
Usha
Adora
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Joined: Sep 06, 2000
Posts: 14
Hello,
You have mentioned that you met initially 2 ques regarding Sun marketing. Are these questions about java documentation? Or something else? I am wondering what kind of quesitons mean about Sun marketing. Could you tell me where I can find some material to prepare such questions?
Thank you very much!!
Usha Kasi
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 18, 2000
Posts: 17
Hi Adora,
The ques need no preparation as such, don't worry, Sun informs u that they may use the data related to u and may contact u via email etc for marketing reasons. In fact the first screen asks if you'll agree and says if you don't then the exam cannot proceed !!
the clock also starts ticking so I just browsed thru and aswered in affirmative for those 2 ques.
Regards
Usha
Adora
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Joined: Sep 06, 2000
Posts: 14
OH, I felt better now.
I am planing to take exam in this month. But I don't think I am well prepared. I got very poor scores in the mock exams. Do you think it is possible to pass the exam, if I can remember most of the mock exam questions? And could you tell me whether the mock exams covers all the points which will be given questions in the real exmas? Thank you very much!
Usha Kasi
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 18, 2000
Posts: 17
Hi Adora,
Personally I feel u must go for the exam only when u reach a safe percentage (above 71 %) in the mock exams. Mock exams cover all the topics prob even more , but the real exam will be as per my experience comparitively easier also. I feel it is not advisable to remember the questions as such from the mock exams, but learning the points from the mistakes will be useful.
Good luck
Usha
Rupak Khurana
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Joined: Sep 06, 2000
Posts: 4
Usha, I'd appreciate if you could email me ur notes whenever they are ready. rupak_khurana@hotmail.com
 
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