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Joined: Mar 03, 2006
Posts: 4
hi everyone,
I want to write the SCJP exam can anyone suggest me how to
approach the exam and pass the exam succesfully,
what are the resources available ,what books should be referred,
how much time is required to prepare for the exam.
I am a beginner in java.
thanks in advance ,
A.Durga Prasad
Sam Codean
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Joined: Feb 26, 2006
Posts: 194
If you are a Beginner then i would suggest you pick up one book on SCJP Certification and get the Basics Clear with it. Sybex's Complete Certification Guide is the one that i use. It is a good one. There are many others that are equally good. Pick one and stick to it. Once that is finished, you can start giving some mock exams, Marcus Green is the most famous one for this
That is it. Maybe all this can be done over three weeks if you are a newbie.
Hope that it helps!!

-Sam Codean<br />SCJP 1.4 (98%)<br />SCJD 5.0 (87.5%)
Deepak Bala

Joined: Feb 24, 2006
Posts: 6662

If you would like a quick crack at the exam then i suggest you go for SCJP 1.4 it does not include questions pertaining to the new java features such as generics , autoboxing , unboxing etc etc. However this is not the latest version of the exam. If you want to be certified with the latest version of SCJP take SCJP 1.5 which includes questions on the new topics such as generics.

Since you are a beginner i suggest atleast 3 to 4 months of preparation with lots of practise. I suggest you go for the SCJP study guide by Kathy and Bert for java.

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