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johan van der zen

Joined: Sep 21, 2006
Posts: 6
hello ranchers.

i am currently preparring for this difficult exam, i am planning on taking the exam at the end of november so i have about 5 weeks to prepare, i have around a year of java experience as a web developer so i decided to focus first on the most difficult topics and as i have read comments from those who have taken the exam that the most difficult topics are threads and garbage collection, i have decided to focus on those first(btw if anyone else has another topic that is also very difficult please tell me so i can focus on that too), i have been reading kathy sierra and taking the marcus green exams as well and practicing with the questions on the whizlabs exam, although i keep getting very very very low scores on the mocks but hopefully that's going to change. what i ask of you ranchers, specially those who have already taken the exam is to provide me with questions that are similar to those that appear on the exam on the aforementioned topics i keep reading that bert and kathys books needs to emphasize more on threads so i am searching for practice questions that will prepare me for the real thing. with my current knowledge i dont think i stand a chance....but please help me achive this in 5 weeks i am trying as hard as i possibly can so i need all the tips and questions anyone can provide me with.

thank you all ranchers who can help me
dreaming of someday becoming a scjp.....
Deepak Bala

Joined: Feb 24, 2006
Posts: 6662


You can get better responses if you break your query into small readable paragraphs instead of one big one. I dont know if you are taking the 1.4 or 1.5 version of the exam. If you are taking version 1.5 I suggest you concentrate on generics also. There are many mock exams out there that will help you with thread and GC questions. Practise more mocks and keep improving yourself. If you are looking for free 1.5 mocks have a look at my signature. As for 1.4 mocks there is Google and the javaranch FAQ

SCJP 6 articles - SCJP 5/6 mock exams - More SCJP Mocks
johan van der zen

Joined: Sep 21, 2006
Posts: 6
thank you.

i'll follow your advice, i'm planning on taking 1.5, i'll add generics to the list of topics to focus on.

thanks for the links, i have tried a lot of these mock exams and failed miserably i'll continue to practice although i'm starting to think 5 weeks aren't going to be enough in fact i think this exam is just to hard for me but anyways thank you for your reply.
Tim LeMaster
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 226
1.4 version
Bitwise operators

1.5 version
Generics (like previously mentioned)
Auto-boxing (especially when combined with Widening) box then widen
Enums (not that they are very hard - but since they are new - I haven't had the chance to use them on a real project yet - 1.4.2 is still our production Java).

And you didn't ask about this, but as will happen people tend to given additional advice. Whats the rush? You have been working with Java for a year and you want to be ready in 5 weeks? I've been working with Java for 5 years and decide to take this test. Figured I could take a month or so to get ready. Once I started reading the k&B book - I knew I was Dead Wrong. I've learned so much I never even thought about before. Some I question the value of, like picking apart source code to find small compiler errors (public abstract void foo() {}), but others have been great insights.

So my final piece of advice - is take your time. Study, Code, Do Mocks, until you know when you walk into the exam you will pass. I can see this is a hard test, but this is also enough information about what is on it and what is not, one should know if one is ready or not.
johan van der zen

Joined: Sep 21, 2006
Posts: 6
thank you for your reply.

you are right about the rush...the truth is i began to review the material for the scjp about a year ago but i kept putting it i decided that i have to study and pass this exam soon before 1.6 comes along and then the cicle will continue, i need motivation to study and i figured that setting on a date will help me get motivated to study and pass the exam. now i wonder if this is the right way of motivating myself, between work and college i barely have time to review the materials and study properly....maybe i need a year or more to feel confident enough to take the exam.

thank you again
I agree. Here's the link:
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