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Brian, Cavanagh
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Hi all,
Sat the SJCP last Fri, and I missed it by 4%. I have decided to do it again before the holidays, and I am looking for some advice on what to do in preparation. I have done a lot of mock exams and was securing a pass score in all those, making note of any tricks or gotchas that I had missed out on. I got a 75% average on all of Marcus Green exams. The questions that I got in the real exam were a lot trickier than those I had seen in the mock exams. One area for improvement was declarations and access control, which I got only 12%. Operators and assignments was another weak point.
Does anyone have any tips or tricks that would help me prepare in these areas.
Cheers,
Brian
Cindy Glass
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Joined: Sep 29, 2000
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Chances are that it was just nerves that made you perform less wonderfully than on the practice exams. Of course the best solution is to know the stuff SO well that even though you are nervous you can pass.
I re-read the ENTIRE RHE book (for the 6th time) the week-end before I took the exam.


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Brian, Cavanagh
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6 times. Wow!!
Thanks Cindy
naveen sahu
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Originally posted by Brian, Cavanagh:
6 times. Wow!!
Thanks Cindy

brian , instead of reading that (or any) RHE book a number of times in a very short duration ( like two or three days/complete reading) i suggest you study that book only once but in that reading you should fully concentrate on probabely every line in
that (any) book. and if possible then read single chapter a day
slowly & with some patience. try to do a lot of excercise in the rest of the time of that day. by this way you can complete that book within 15-17 days hardly. but after that you never need to repeat or remind/remebering any thing.
because of you all ready attempt exam once so you better understand what kind of stuff is there in real exam.
-take care & best of luck.
Brian, Cavanagh
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Hi Nauveen,
I read the RHE book a couple of months ago. I stepped through it line by line, and made notes which were very thorough. I have done a great number of mock exams and questions. I find though, that there are so many little tricks that you must remember, that sometimes you oversee certain things. e.g.
byte b = 126;
byte c = 125;
byte d = a + b; // this gives a compiler error, requires promotion to int.
but in this case
byte e = 125;
for(int i=0;i<5; i++)
{
e++;
}
// no compiler error. you will get an overflow.
Little gotchas like this, caught me out on the day. Did you prepare a page of tricks that you must look out for?

cheers,
Brian
naveen sahu
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Joined: Nov 15, 2000
Posts: 48
study JLS thoroughly (statement wise).
on every statement of jls there is supporting examples.
with which you can know 99.99% (do's & dont's) in java.
all these things which people calles trick , i don't think so . every language has its own validity rules
so inspite of naming its tricky we should go through
language specifications, some time which called grammer.
i never prepare notes. and there is nothing in java which i feel tricky (that's why). so i didn't feel any thing in java to provide special attention. because each & every thing is clearly specified in java language specifcation. (some statements which you feel not concerning regarding scjp leave it).
at my time of scjp i have approx 60% question based on the statements of jls.
bye.
 
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