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Just got back from the exam

Dawn Kennedy

Joined: Oct 25, 2000
Posts: 3
I've just returned from the exam. I managed a score of 83% which I'm rather pleased with. I started learning Java a month ago from scratch from being a C++ type of person before. I was lucky that I was able to study full time as part of the training for my job though.
I thought I would just write a few notes on how I found the exam. I found this site helped me out a lot in the last couple of weeks using the rules roundup and reading posts on these boards.
From the breakdown of my score and my memory I had the following breakdown of questions: 5
java.awt 4
operators and assignments 7
threads 7
declarations/access control 8
garbage collection 1
lots of questions on fundamentals, overloading, overriding. There were also 2 involving anonymous classes, a couple of inner class questions and a couple of String/StringBuffer questions.
As people have said before there were a lot of questions with short code samples, usually no more than 15 lines.
I had 15-20 minutes to review my answers at the end.
I would definitely do as many mck exams as you can and watch out for questions that look like they are asking about something else!
Good luck with your exams everyone.
Viji Bharat
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Joined: Sep 18, 2000
Posts: 101
Congrats Dawn. Good luck for the developer and architect exams if you'll be pursuing those.
Harpal Singh
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Joined: Oct 10, 2000
Posts: 229
Hey Dawn,
CONGRATS!!!Good score ,keep it up....Man,you must have really worked hard on java...BTW what books did you refer to and what mock exam do you think was the closest???
Party time for you,
Dawn Kennedy

Joined: Oct 25, 2000
Posts: 3
I used the Jamie Jaworski book, which was OK but did have a few gaps that you need to fill in from other books/tutorials. I also used the tutorials on the web such as Marcus Green's as well.
I think the Marcus Green mock exams were the closest in my experience. However, do as many of the mock's as you can as none of them cover everything you need to know but between them they give good coverage.
Hope that helps
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Joined: Oct 13, 2000
Posts: 66
and u did it in one month flat???
That's unbelievably cool
All the best for u'r future endeavours
Mapraputa Is
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Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 10065
Big Congratulations, Dawn!

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Ahmed Haboubi
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Joined: Oct 21, 2000
Posts: 36
Congrats! Dawn,
You really made my day!! The reason is that I've just started my "serious" preparations for the exam about ten days ago. And I was hoping to be ready for the exam in about a month's time. But a lot of people told me that it is not possible for someone to be prepared in less than 3 or 4 months minimum!! That really discouraged me a lot because I have some constraints that deny me the lexury of such a long time. So it is really nice to hear that it can be done. Good for you!
Aru Ven
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Joined: Sep 28, 2000
Posts: 199
Congrats Dawn...
Srini Lakkim

Joined: Oct 25, 2000
Posts: 2
!! Congrats Dawn !!
All the best for your bright future.
Srini L.

Srini L.
Dawn Kennedy

Joined: Oct 25, 2000
Posts: 3
Yes, it can be done but be prepared for doing lots of hours for that month. I was studying during working hours, so that was 8 hours a day.
Good luck, I hope it goes well for you.
jyoti deori

Joined: Oct 30, 2000
Posts: 2
congrats Dawn
but i heared that the SCJP exam pattern has recently.i mean
the no of quitions that contains many lines of codes has been increased and that too mostly are from packages.see i am also preparing for the SCJP for the one and half month.i have tried all the mock test and i am doing pritty can u tell how
the new one is different from the previous one and can i get some sample paper for the new one.
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