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Passed with 98%

Vani Kadur

Joined: Oct 02, 2000
Posts: 19
Hello everybody,
I passed SCJP in first attempt scoring 98% and I am happy to share this with you. Many thanks to Javaranch and the moderators. I have been a frequent visitor of this site for about a month and questions and suggestions posted here were really helpful to me in the exam.
The exam:
The exam was similar to many mock exams listed on Maha Anna's site. It is mostly about the basic language and not too much of remembering API is required. The only question I got wrong was on java.util, which, I thought was one of my stronger topics. The distribution of questions was:
2 on I/O
2-3 on Threads
1 on util
4-5 on flow control
2 OO design type questions
many on overloading, overriding
My preparation:
I prepared for about 1 month. I used the books RHE, Exam Cram, Thinking in Java, Core Java and the JLS. I took several mock exams listed on Maha Anna's site and scored 93%-95% during the last week of my preparation. Questions in the actual exam are more clearly worded without ambiguity because of which you are likely to score 2-3% more in the actual exam compared to the mock exam scores.
My suggestions:
Read the question until you understand it completely(more than once if required).
For questions with code, read the answers first.
Complete understanding of concepts for topics such as Threads and garbage collection is required to answer multiple select questions. In few questions there were only fine differences between the correct and incorrect answers.
Review, review, review!! - I corrected 2 questions in my review.
Thanks again.

Vani Kadur<br />==========<br />SCJP(98%)<br />SCWCD(85%)<br />IBM Certified Developer - XML and Related Technologies.
Prasad Ballari
Ranch Hand

Joined: Sep 23, 2000
Posts: 149
Its really GREATE.98% is fantastic.Congrates.
Best of luck for ur future
Manish Singhal
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Joined: Sep 21, 2000
Posts: 104
Congrats for such a GOOOOOOODD Score.
Vani Kadur

Joined: Oct 02, 2000
Posts: 19
Thanks Prasad and Manish.
If I can be of any help to you, please let me know.
To reward myself, I will be going on a long vacation to Bangalore. I am really excited about it and wanted to share it with you all.

Joined: Sep 20, 2000
Posts: 6
I'm scoring well on the mach tests, but I've taken them so many times I've practically memorized the answers accidentally. When did you realize you were ready? Or did you just go for it.
- DJ
Aru Ven
Ranch Hand

Joined: Sep 28, 2000
Posts: 199
Hi Vani...
Congrats...... enjoy ur vacation......
Vani Kadur

Joined: Oct 02, 2000
Posts: 19
Hi DJ,
I did not take any exam more than once except for those which selected the questions randomly and some questions got repeated. So there was no issue of memorizing or remembering the answers. I took about 10 - 12 mock exams. There are so many exams available free and I did not think it was necessary to repeat the exams.
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congratulations Vani!! and thanks for sharing information

Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
Shan Kara

Joined: Sep 01, 2000
Posts: 11
Congradulations Vani ! It's Superb Score
So many thanks for your Knowledge Sharings.

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