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Passed SCJP.

Sunitha Sounderrajan
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Joined: Sep 12, 2000
Posts: 36
Hi javaranchers,
I took my SCJP exam today and passed. I did not pass with some outstanding score like many people do. But i am really relieved from the tension.!!
About the exam :
The exam was not tricky at all. The questions were well phrased and pretty straight forward. I finished the exam in one hour and had 30 minutes to review and i had big thread questions to be done at last. there were 4 questions each on an average had 28-30 lines of code!
One has to write,write and write loads and loads of code and practice to understand the language. That really helps a lot wrt understanding the code. Donot be afraid of the compiler scoldings...!!! Just try and change the code and look for all the possibilities in which the code can be written.
The breakage in the questions :
Threads 7 questions
IO -- 6 questions
java.util - 3
java.lang - 4
GC -- 1
AWT - 5
Inner classes and Anonymous classes -- 3
and lots on language fundementals, exception handling, declaration and access control, overloading and overriding.
only 10% of the questions were like short answer type questions. most of the questions had more than one answer and the question states that select the best possible answer.
The thread questions were the toughest..i got only 57% in Threads. The wait() notify() really killed me..!!!
inorder to score well in IO it is definitely necessary to know the constructors very well.
Hope this helps. I learnt a lot from javaranch forum and really thank all of them who take pains to help us get certified. I should say that i got really addicted to this site.!!!

Good luck for all the future SCJP's.
Sunitha. S

[This message has been edited by Sunitha Sounderrajan (edited October 31, 2000).]

Joined: Oct 30, 2000
Posts: 5
Congratulations sunita........ Those tips were really helpful. I agree with yu that compiling the codes yu get to learn a lot......
Its celebration time for yu.......
Good luck and congrats once again.
Sudhir Bangera
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Joined: Oct 10, 2000
Posts: 50
You mentioned that "most of the questions had more than one answer and the question states that select the best possible answer."
Based on others post I was under the impression that now they ask you specifically to select 2 or 3 answers. But it seems we can expect questions as mentioned by you which can have one or more correct answers.
Thanks for sharing your experience, it would help other aspiring scjp (like myself) to be on their toes....
Travis Gibson
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Joined: Oct 17, 2000
Posts: 100
Great Job!
The score doesn't matter as much as the accomplishment.
I noticed that you said there were 7 thread question were these code questions(where you have to predict the result) or general questions about Thread methods?
I'm trying to memorize every constructor in AWT, I/O and EventHandling but it's kind of diffcult. If you only had to memorize on set of these would it be AWT, I/O or Events?
Lastly how were the questions on Collections?
Travis M. Gibson
(Future SCJP, Nov 19, 2000)
P.S. You did it, so pat yourself on the back!

Regards,<BR>Travis M. Gibson, SCJP<BR>Java Developer<BR><BR>
Aru Ven
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Joined: Sep 28, 2000
Posts: 199
Congrats Sunitha...... Well Done.
Harpal Singh
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Joined: Oct 10, 2000
Posts: 229
Hey Sunitha...
Keep it up great ........Thanks for the tips...may we all become successfull SCJP's in flying colors......
Sunitha Sounderrajan
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Joined: Sep 12, 2000
Posts: 36
Hi everybody,
Thanks for your wishes.
Well, i just got one question which said something like what is the result closest to ..something. and i thought there were 2 answers which were real close.. and i had to choose from them?? i got this question right bcos i got 100% in this section
Coming to memorizing...i did it in IO ONLY. i did not have a lot of exposure in working with Streams and file handling. that is why i had to.
I followed RHE and it is not at all enough for the IO classes and util. I followed a Reference book Complete Reference to Java 2 by Patrick Naughton. This book lists the Class and the constructors and a brief description. Understanding of which are character streams and byte streams helps in understanding the code questions in IO. Also it is better to which are abstract classes and keep in mind that we cannot instantiate an obj with abstract classes!!
I was blindly on the impression that IO classes will not have code questions and it might be like the choosing the valid constructors..My Assumption was wrong!!

Coming to the Thread questions:
Not all questions were lengthier codes. I had 3 questions which had 8-10 lines of code and 1 general question about the thread method.. and the rest were lengthier codes. It would help if there is a complete understanding of synchronized block of codes and how wait and notify work on that..
AWT : I did not find these questions tough. One has to have an understanding of different layout's behaviour and the different events and which component fires which event etc...
Collection questions were like which class implements which interface etc!!! collections and IO the list is endless..this was the place i lost most of my marks..
hope this info helps.
Thanks again for the wishes. Will be hanging around in this forum for a learn some more java.

Sunitha. S

[This message has been edited by Sunitha Sounderrajan (edited October 31, 2000).]
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