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How long did you guys study for??

Andy Lee

Joined: Apr 11, 2004
Posts: 4
Hello everyone,
This is my first post so please be gentle
I just wondered how long it took any of you to study for and pass the SCJP 1.4 exam?
I've been programming in Java for the past 3 years and am keen to get certified as I am currently out of work. I've set myself a target of 14 days solid revision. Between 8 and 10 hours a day. Is this too optimistic? Too hardcore??
My study guides will be primarily Kathy and Berts excellent book backed up by Bruce Eckels Thinking in Java which I've got halfway through already. I've also purchased the Enthuware tests after evaluating the trial version.
(Don't ask me how I'm scoring!! )
I know most people will say study until you feel ready, scoring well in mock tests etc, but I'm just curious to find out other peoples experiences with the time it took them and the amount of effort they put in.
Thanks for your time guys
Barry Gaunt
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Joined: Aug 03, 2002
Posts: 7729
Took me about a year, but I only started with computers in 1969.

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Arun Sharma
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Joined: Dec 24, 2003
Posts: 40
Actually 15 days is a good amount of time to get the preparation done. I prepared for about 30 days just about 2-3 hours a day and had programmed in java for about 3-4 months and I passed with 86%. So if you have 3 years of experience then you should be able to get it done in couple of weeks.
The key thing in SCJP 1.4, I thought was solving as many mock exams as possible and study carefully the ones that you got wrong. you will find lots of info about the mock exams on the forum.
I wish you god luck for your SCJP exam.
Jeroen Wenting
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Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 5093
Been studying on and off since 1999 and still not taken the exam (do plan to do it any century now though )

Lionel Orellana
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Joined: Mar 19, 2004
Posts: 87
I started a couple of months back with the Heller&Roberts guide and didn't feel confident enough after finishing ... Now I'm studying the Sierra&Bates guide ... after this and a lot of mock exams I hope to take the test by the end of this month ... all and all it would be like 3 months, doing 3 hours a day ... I had around 3-4 years Java experience but didn't touch it for the last 2 years ... I believe it's easy enough just to pass the exam if you have experience in the laguangue ... but it's a lot harder to get a good score ...
Sanyev Babu
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Joined: Dec 18, 2003
Posts: 132
work experiance in java is good for taking the exam but that can't guarantee you good score. Try to do maximun number of mock exams before the exam and don't forget to go through your wrong answers.
2 to 3 hours a day for one month can get you prepared for the exam.
[ April 14, 2004: Message edited by: Sanyev Babu ]
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