i am to appear for the sjcp exam this month end.if u could clarify my below doubts it would be of great useful 1) collections has come as a separate section - what exactly must be known about collections? i.e the coverage for it? 2) the java 2 exam which was launched after october 4 ,was it just a rechange of the pattern of the qn paper which mentions the number of correct answers for multiple choices. and then were there any additional portions in it? 3) is collections and gridbag layout are the only new sections added in the new pattern 4) does the new book of simon roberts for certifications which was published in september 2000 cover all the aspects of the new exam. i have got a copy of the book which was published prior to the new one. will that suffice?
1) Collections are essential for the exam. Just read what is covered in Khalid Mughal. I don't think Simon roberts (atleast sure for the vresion u have) does not cover collections. 2) Read the exam objectives in Sun website. 3) Again read the objectives in Sun Website. 4) I would not read only Simon Roberts only. Khalid Mughal is the best book according to me. U can survive with itself. But not with having only Simon Roberts.
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How is the new exam different from old one: Exam objectives: remains the same Passing scores: has been reduced from 71% to 61% Time: has been reduced from 120 minutes to 90 minutes (obsolete, now it is 120 minutes again ) Number of questions: still 59 Level of difficulty: as SUN claimed and most of those taken the new version agreed, remains the same. Format of questions: 1) most of questions (estimated 80-90%) now have code samples 6-30 lines long. 2) multiple choice questions may have more than four options, but you will be told how many options you should choose Collections (the java.util package) is not a new section, it was in �old� version too. You should know the following classes and interfaces: Interfaces Collection List Set Map SortedSet SortedMap Classes HashSet TreeSet ArrayList LinkedList Vector Stack HashMap TreeMap Hashtable You should know main purpose of eacn interface : which can be used to maintain unique elements, or non-unique elements, or map keys and values... which allow null elements, provide sorted access, unordered access, positional indexing , synchronized access. Then you should know which interface each class implements.
Java Collections are a separate objective area, but are not new with the October 4, 2000 exam changes. Know the valid interfaces and classes, and also the attributes of each. Think about question scenarios where are you given a set of requirements, and asked to choose the best choice of collection class used. Key items of note with the October 4, 2000 exam changes introduced by Sun and Prometric: o The question pool was scrubbed, and completely redone o Checkbox questions now tell you how many choices there will be ( for example, if two of the answers are correct, it will say "( choose two )" o The Questions are now code centric. Code samples are abundent. Rote memorization questions are passe. Questions like "What is the value of X on line 17" are the types of questions they are really trying to test you on o The passing score of the exam was reduced to 61%. For a period of time ( October 4 through December 20, 2000 ) the time limit of the exam was 90 minutes. The length of the exam was restored to 120 minutes on 12/21/00, and continues to be 120 minutes JCertify 4.0 matches the exam content and format. Visit: http://www.enterprisedeveloper.com/jcertify for more information. Regards, Dave