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How long did you study?

 
Tim Rawerts
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First post; sorry if I posted in the wrong place.

I am an old C++ programmer and took a week long Java class. I bought the Java 2 certifcation book from Osborne and have spent the better part of two days looking at it.

I am curious as to how long some of you spent preparing to take the test.

Thanks,
Tim Rawerts
 
Jay Pawar
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If you have been a experienced C++ programmer , then understanding Java should not be difficult. I would say atleast 2-3 months with regular study.
 
Tim Rawerts
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Thank you very much Jay. I was hoping you would say something like that. After three days of reading the Osborne, Sierra/Bates book I knew this wasn't going to be a weekend cram. I am really enjoying the book, and the really fun part is that it is like a game.
Thanks again. I plan on reading posts here regurlarly.

Tim
 
Louie van Bommel
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It was 3 months for me. About 2 hours every weekday. I used K&B as my source. I did ALL the questions in it, and coded absolutely every single thing that I doubted or was unclear on. That's a good idea.

Then I took the exams with the book, then took 3 of Marcus' exams. That was sufficient for preparation.

(I also went overboard by doing most of Dan's questions which are very in-depth, and read most of Mughal & Rasmussen too: quite a bit overkill)

I'll repeat. Read every word in K&B, do K&B's questions. And code at least 100 examples.
[ March 14, 2005: Message edited by: Louie van Bommel ]
 
Jesse Torres
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It took me also about 2 months, 3 to 5 hours per day. I read K&B book from cover to cover. I also took various mock exams.

You might want to wait to take the new Java 5 exam. I hear that it will be released later this Spring.
 
Amit Das
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Hi Louie,

where can i find Marcel's exam as you've mentioned???
 
Louie van Bommel
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Originally posted by Amit Das:
where can i find

Marcus's exams are reachable from:

http://www.javaranch.com/mock.jsp

That link came from the nifty faq (scjp certification faq)for this forum:
http://www.javaranch.com/certfaq.jsp
 
Kay Liew
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Check out Dibbo Khan's java exam taking experience

http://www.coderanch.com/t/248288/java-programmer-SCJP/certification/NEW-CERTIFICATION-EXAM-Java-Associate

Based on guesstimation from above link and since you have been a C++ programmer and took a java class, You can probably buy the voucher now and take the exam early tomorrow. Be the first one by the door.

As for me, I think 1hr for 6 months is good enough. Exam is not my priority and I do not like cramming stuffs into my head ...
 
Tim Rawerts
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Thanks Kay. While it looks like I am too late, I still sent an email asking to be part of the study.
 
Kay Liew
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Tim,

I am just kidding about the first few statements. Luckily, it's too late Generally, I think self-study of any certs could take a few months. And also, it depends on your purpose to obtain the cert - just to pass or really learning them. I have did a cert in slightly less than 1 month and managed to pass due to the voucher promotional date expiration, but I've forgotten almost everything just after a month

K
 
Tim Rawerts
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Kay, I sent an email this morning, and received a response, and was able to take the survey. Thanks again for you input. If nothing else I am having a lot of fun with Java.

My goal is both to pass certification and understand the concepts. The second should lead to the first (I hope).

Tim
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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