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preparing and giving scjp in 9 days

Raj Bhandari
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Joined: Oct 19, 2005
Posts: 97
Hi everyone,

I just thought I should finish the scjp by the end of new year and so took a date for 28 dec.
I'm going to start preparing in these 9 days and want good luck from anywhere . I'd be posting how much I studied everyday.. so that it keeps me motivated.
Yeah I work full-time also, so it will be kind of tight but I'll try my best.
I haven't studied much in last 2 mos but whatever I did was before that. I had read the Head First Java book and now I just have to read the 9 chapters from the Kathy and Bert's exam preparation book.
I've planned as follows:
4 chapters today 17th dec(its already afternoon and I haven't started)
4 chapters on 18th (sunday)
1 chapter on monday
Give CD test on tuesday
do revision and all stuff I can lay my hands on.
Wish me luck,

Regards!
Marcus Green
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The amount of time needed to study and pass the exam will, of course depend on your existing knowlege. However Sun used to recommend around six months and I have always believed that most people will require "some months" of study to pass the exam. You, of course may be different. Plenty of people do not pass the exam but few of them are willing to go public on such an event.


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Raj Bhandari
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Joined: Oct 19, 2005
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Hey Marcus,

Tks for replying. Now I'm scared on reading your reply
I've been studying java, j2ee since June and have read the head first java book whenever I got the chance... infact I have gone through it twice. only thing is I wasn't regular.. like there would sometimes be a 2 weeks gap when I didn't read anything.
I've also skimmed thro' the 9 chapters of the certification book once.. I only need to memorize it but yes I haven't tried any exam simulations yet.. I'll try and see how it goes.. don't want to give up and postpone it at the moment.. I'll get an idea of where I stand on Tues 20 Dec on where I stand I guess when I give the CD exam..
Tks..
vipul patel
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Joined: Oct 16, 2005
Posts: 146
Hi Raj,

I suggest not to hurry like this. it might disappoint you. I am also taking exam on this 24 dec. I had started preparation 3 months ago. and completely worked khalid mughal by going through all examples. then worked K&B. and now scoring consistenly above 80%. still getting some questions wrong. exam is actually tricky. so even if you have some prior experiance in java coding, you need to go through lot of things like "will this compile?" , "will it produce run-time error"?

you would need practice on
* operators and assignments.
* inner & nested class.
* OOPS in java. (it is different than C++. so good C++ coder would have to practice lot)



some easy sections are garbage collection,threading,collection & maps.
Srinivasa Raghavan
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Joined: Sep 28, 2004
Posts: 1228

I only need to memorize it but yes I haven't tried any exam simulations yet..


First of all Why you need to memorize any concepts ? Try to code many small small programs and get to know the errors & exceptions you get this will make the concepts clear rather than memorizing them for exam . Try to attend as many mocks as possible .. Dan's mock & kathy sierras are good


Thanks & regards, Srini
MCP, SCJP-1.4, NCFM (Financial Markets), Oracle 9i - SQL ( 1Z0-007 ), ITIL Certified
Raj Bhandari
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Joined: Oct 19, 2005
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Thanks Dilip and Sri for your comments.
I have so far completed 6 chapters from Kathy and Bert's exam prep book... I had set a target for 8 till sunday night.
I'm lagging behind, I'll try my best otherwise eventually I'll have to postpone it.. but I hope not
Anyways, good luck to Dilip on your exam on 24th!!
Regards
Marcus Green
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I agree with Srinivasa, writing lots and lots of small programs (well under 50 lines), read K&B and importantly do lots of mock exams. You can see 60 public questions on the 1.4 objectives on my own site at
http://www.jchq.net/phezam

And you can find hundreds of good (but tough) questions on Dan chisholms site.
Good luck, and please post the result both if you do or if you don't pass.
Marcus
Srinivasa Raghavan
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Joined: Sep 28, 2004
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Marcus Rocks .. I have learnt many things from your site thanks Marcus.
[ December 19, 2005: Message edited by: Srinivasa Raghavan ]
Raj Bhandari
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Joined: Oct 19, 2005
Posts: 97
Hey Marcus,

Please don't say that I won't pass
I'm trying..
Your site looks great.. i tried to guest login.
One ques. I have that in K&B book, they tell you what objective we are being tested on, this wasn't so on your site. What happens in actual test ?
I'll register for your 240 ques. if I get the time to read extra material.
Best,
 
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