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Passed SCJP with 85%

Baskaran Subramani
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Joined: Jul 30, 2000
Posts: 38
Hello all,
y'day, I passed SCJP with 85%. Initially I was in a tensed mood and the questions that came initially were very long and needed time to understand. From the feedbacks of many SCJP-eans, I really did not want one set of papers which contain Media tracker, Socket, and append method in String. the 2nd question I got was the one which contained append method in String. at that time I thought, if we pray 'it should not come, it should not come.. it should not come ' then it will come.What to do?(anyway, it was not bad!! )
as many SCJP-eans suggested, I assumed that String has append method and answered accordingly. As every one already given feedback abt the type of questions, I am also voting in favour of them.
The questions were to test basics of Java
They tested mostly the concepts rather than the memory power

Here are the rough numbers
overloading/overriding -- 8
operators & assignments -- 8
declaration and access control -- 8
java.awt -- 5
java.lang -- 5
java.util -- 4
language fundamentals --10
flow control and exception -- 6
gc -- 2
thread -- 3
I took 1.30 hours to complete.. 1/2 hour was more than enough to review all the questions. During review i was able to correct '2 answers' . If we make mistakes to known answers mistakenly, then it is BAD .So please don't forget to Review.
Regarding the book, I studied RHE and EXAM CRAM. both are good. to be frank, I didn't even completely read those books once. but I prepared like anything for the last 3 days before the exam using those books. I took many mock exams which are listed in Maha's site. they were very useful.. Many thanks to maha <url> </url> (I am proud to be her college mate, I am from CEG, 97 batch, EEE, ANNA UNIV, Chennai. )
I prepared for almost 3 to 4 months. I am working in mainframes side and I couldn't study regularly, as I needed to do my work also. But for the last 2 months I put lot of hard work and especially studied very hard for the last 3 days..
I used to score around 70% to 80% in many of the mocks that I tried. I used to take up notes whenever I made a mistake in mock exams. I compiled them and it was very helpful. Just one day before the real exam, I took RHE, BILLs, Marcus Greens all 3 exams..(totally 5 full exams in one day!!) on an average I scored around 85%.(that is what my final score also).
This exam has given me confidance and faith in me.(I discovered myself after a gap of 3 yrs!! really!!)(u know, after the exam was over, and knowing the result, I was so happy and came to the car , put some junk song with full volume and allowed my mind to dance out of java for the first time after so many days!! really needed isn't? )
I am going to put all my notes in my web page in another day or two. I will update this as soon as it is done..
Good luk all of u!! and thank you very much JavaRanch!! I will keep visiting JavaRanch..

[This message has been edited by Baskaran Subramani (edited September 12, 2000).]
Surya B
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Joined: May 10, 2000
Posts: 98
Hi Baskaran
Congrats and all the best for your future java endeavors.

Joined: Jul 01, 2000
Posts: 22
Congrats Baskar,
Wish u good luck,

Joined: Sep 04, 2000
Posts: 12
Congrats!. From your message it is clear that we need to watch out for append method which is not available in String class. It is only available in StringBuffer class.
Let me know if I'm wrong???
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
Posts: 18944
congrats and all the best!!!
could you point me to the links discussing the three "famous" topics, i.e., mediatracker, socket, and append method. thanks.
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congratulations and best wishes!

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