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passed SJCP2 with 88%


Joined: Oct 09, 2000
Posts: 5
Hi guys and gal,
Just wanted to let you know that I successfully passed the new exam with 88% . I was expecting 95% but last night could manage just 2 hrs of sleep (not because i was tense or anything but coz i am basically a nocturnal creature ) and must have made some silly mistakes :eek
Some observations of the new exam that may be useful to aspirants.
1. The new exam does consist of longer codes but that is compensated by some of the easier theory questions. I was able to complete with 20 mins remaining for review. i would advice take time and try to make correct choices at the first go without assuming that you will get a chance to review. mark only when absolutely necessary. i marked a lot of questions (to be safe) which actually i shouldnt have marked and while reviewing i found it difficult to give justice to the real marked ones. it was actually a waste of time reviewing some of the easier marked questions.
2. I found the new exam of approximately the same difficulty as the mock exams. Clear indication of number of correct choices actually helped me out at least a few times.
3. I found the hardest section the section on threads. There are 7 questions here and most of them codes. I got 5 right here. There was one big code about synchronization which was 30 lines long.
4. If you have the fundamentals right, passing should not be any problem. In fact i believe its easier now with 61%
5. Books I refered : Main book Khalid Mughal (recommended) which is very well written except possibly on Threads. It was actually a pleasure learning and revising from the book. Book(2) the well know RHE-also a nice book. Some testing on my own and basically thats it.
6. Time for preparation. I prepared for approx 4 weeks. I had some basic experience in Java earlier (writing loops, strings) nothing hi-fi like events, jdbc etc.
Typically i was scoring between 85-90 in the mock tests (including the three marcus exams). I must have given some 5-6 from Mahas site (which is actually a site).Max was 95 and min was 78. typically I was making about 2-3 silly mistakes, other questions being wrong coz i didnt know them.(i guess becomes difficult to avoid silly mistakes in Multiple choice questions due to lack of concentration sometimes )Today i guess i made more coz of numb mind (lack of sleep )
I didnt study anything the day before the exam and went to bed early, but mother sleep had some other plans and refused to adjust to the new normal timings
My biggest advice to all: Give test with concentration and confidence and you will clear.
I would be more than glad to answer more specific questions.
and best of luck to the aspirants
Hope this message gets posted

Pragya Prakash
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Joined: Sep 18, 2000
Posts: 42
Congratulations Namit !!!
That's cool
[This message has been edited by Pragya Prakash (edited October 09, 2000).]
Sanjeev Verma
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Joined: Aug 24, 2000
Posts: 87
All Right !!!
This is sooo coooooool !!!
Sanjeev Verma
Shakeel Mohamed

Joined: Sep 15, 2000
Posts: 14
hi namit,
congrats! that's a job well done.and thanx for sharing your exp. with us.
in ur assessment which were the mocks that came closer to the real exam?

Joined: Oct 09, 2000
Posts: 5
I would say the 3 marcus exams came close to real assignment. Also the bill brogden, barry boone tests were close to real test. mughals exam is actually very good and if you score good in it, you are good with navigating trick questions. its more difficult than the real stuff.
others like jcert etc. i just used for learning rather than testing.
Rahul Agarwal
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Joined: Sep 13, 2000
Posts: 52
well i am also giving the exam soon
can u elaborate more on thread questions
what should i study to get thread's funda right
thanx in advance

Joined: Oct 09, 2000
Posts: 5
i think one should be solid on synchronization fundamentals.
i found RHE very good in threads.
Sathvathsan Sampath
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Joined: Oct 03, 2000
Posts: 96
Thats a real score !
A big congrats to you.


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Vidya Sajeev

Joined: Jul 18, 2000
Posts: 14
that's a good score...
umang bhartia
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Joined: Sep 29, 2000
Posts: 60
Congrulation dear,
thanx for sharing your exp with us. i would like to know if u had joined any inst for this or done on your own, what r your plans now. thanks

Harps S

Joined: Oct 09, 2000
Posts: 9
Good score keep it up dude,you made my spirits high,what was the average time you used to study in a day?
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congratulations ngaur....good show!!
Read this post for more details.

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Aru Ven
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Joined: Sep 28, 2000
Posts: 199
I agree. Here's the link:
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