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Is there one "standard" exam???

Terry O'Malley
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Joined: Jul 07, 2001
Posts: 2

Hi all,
First post here. Seems like a very helpful and friendly site. I'm in the early stages of my preparation. I have done a lot of reading over the past week or so and one thing confuses me.
Sun clearly publishes the exam objectives - I'm aware of what they are. But comments from some people who have taken the exam confuse me.
Some folks say that there were almost no questios on awt , and others say that you have to know Layout Managers inside out. I've seen similar "inconsistencies" vis-a vis inner classes. Some people also claim that a given book is enough to pass the exam (e.g RHE) , while others are very clear that one book is not enough.
Taking into account that we all have our opinions, can someone tell me categorically that the SCJP test exam is ONE "standard" exam (i.e the SAME set of 59 questions) or are the questions randomized so that no 2 sets of exam questions are indentical.
Thanks in advance. Good luck to all who are about to write the exam !!!
Sean Casey
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Joined: Dec 16, 2000
Posts: 625
The questions are randomly selected from a database full of them. So theoretically, some tests may be more difficult than others, but I think it is all relative. From my knowledge Sun tries to make all exams as equally difficult. The book thing is a matter of opinion. I had Khalid, RHE, and exam cram. I would say khalid or rhe are a must. I found rhe more readable, while khalid is probably more thorough (too thorough). I found exam cram was a nice supplemental text. If I were you I would take into account what people say here, and it is always helpful to read the online reviews at amazon.com. Good luck with your preparations.
- Sean
P.s. frequent this site, and ask lots of questions. It's probably your best resource for the exam.
[This message has been edited by Sean Casey (edited July 07, 2001).]
Terry O'Malley
Greenhorn

Joined: Jul 07, 2001
Posts: 2
Thanks, Sean. I have RHE and Exam Cram and I will frequent the site. Been involved with Java for about 2 years, but when you get down to the nitty-gritty (which does NOT occur all that often in my day to day programmimg work) you realize how much you don't know.
Sean Casey
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Joined: Dec 16, 2000
Posts: 625
If you're familiar with Java you shouldn't have a problem with the exam. It does tend to get down to the nitt-gritty level. Just make sure that you know all of the objectives. One last thing you may want to consider before taking the exam is taking some mock exams. If you go to the gramps section on this site, you should find a link to certification. That will lead you to a lot of free on-line mock exams. There is additional software called JQplus, which is very good. The question's are very similar to the actually exam. Good luck with everything though.
 
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