My first posting in here. I recently began to study for SCJP 1.5 and got K&B study guide for 1.5. I just finished the first chapter and took the end of chapter question. That was really tough one, tougher than what I thought. I got something around 60%(i.e. a little more than half). This tells me that I am not really master the material in this chapter successfully.
So, now, my question is whether I should move on to the next chapter or go back to first chapter and study again.
And, if suggestion is to review more, how should I know whether I know all the stuff in first chapter after the review? I mean, the end of chapther questions were pretty good but I already know the answer at this point.
Let me tell you a little bit of my java background.
I recently started to study java so I'm a newbee. My programming background is mostly C. I know some C++, too but I wasn't really decent C++ programmer and I haven't used that beast for long long time. I tried to study for java sometime ago but didn't quite succeded and gave up. Then, I recently found this wonderful book called, "Head First Java". For me, that changed the whole thing so I'm back in track, now.
Anyway, please give me some suggestion on how should I proceed from this point. I've seen some people encourage to use two study guide for SCJP preparation and I'm now thinking one of the reasons for that might have to do with the situation that I am facing now.
I�m studing with this book too. I am revising only those topics related with the questions that I have failed. However, you will see that the authors are always using items of a chapter on other one. So you will see the same topics again in others chapters.
The problems in the K&B book are both difficult. One way to look at things is that you did reasonably well and at the same time, were exposed to questions that try to capture the spirit of exam questions. If I were you, I would not worry about the percentage that you get right now. Remember, you only need 59% to pass. On the other hand, you will need to learn and absorb a lot of information. So, revisit the problems at a later date. One indication of when might be ready for the exam is when the day comes that you become bored with studying and reviewing because there is nothing (or very little) that you need to learn. Best of luck with your preparation.