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SCJP 5.0 Rants

Robbi Palacios
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Joined: May 25, 2006
Posts: 96
Wow, I've been reviewing this SCJP 5.0 stuff for two months and
it's quite a migraine hog. I could remember I had a stiff neck for
one week. Can you guys post the difficulties you encountered just to
force yourself to get through the books and the mocks. Sometimes,
I have the feeling this thing is too difficult. Maybe after this SCJP
5.0 exam you'll magically morph into a Java Compiler, or Jabba the Hutt.

I've religiously studied, yet sometimes I just score 5 on each of the
K&B chapter exams. I never passed any one of em, but I never forgot
the mistakes I made though. Any frustration experiences would be
invaluable, thanks.

Wont it be dreamy, if Santa Claus awards free 10 pts after the exam,
[ July 26, 2006: Message edited by: Robbi Palacios ]

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Marcus Green
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Joined: Sep 14, 1999
Posts: 2813
The reality is that the exam is quite difficult and requires a significant amount of study. You are on the right track however by working through the K&B mock exams, stick with it.

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peter cooke
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Joined: Mar 16, 2004
Posts: 317
a couple of ways to make the exam less painfull

1) use practice exams that let you take small number of questions. I can set the whizlabs exam to let me do 10-20 questions and complete it in in 20 minutes. Trying to focus for 2 hours is very difficult. doing 10-20 questions a couple of times a day is much easier.

2)keep your book with you at all times. If you have a couple of seconds while you wait for something: read a page.

3) decide on some reward for passing the exam. Don't buy that thing no matter how desireable until you pass the exam.

4)tell yourself, " I like reading exam prep books and preparing for the exam" multiple times every day. eventually you will believe it.

CIAO Peter M. Cooke
Deepak Bala

Joined: Feb 24, 2006
Posts: 6662

hahaha ! yes it can be tough at times. Stick with it and you will come out stronger. I still use that SCJP book for reference at work now and then.

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