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Dear SCJP 5.0 Folks I have attempted a SCJP 5 exam and got failed. I got 52% marks. Details are as under 1-Declaration, Initialization and Scoping 66% 2-Flow Control 81% 3- API Content 30% 4- Concurrency 50% 5- OO Concepts 50% 6- Collections/Generics 30% 7- Fundamentals 54% I have studied from Apress SCJP Exam for J2SE By PAUL SANGHERA and summary of MCGRAW HILL's SCJP for Java 5. The exam was really hard for me. Some difficult questions from THREADS, GENERICS AND COLLECTIONS. TELL me what to do to reattempt the exam and how to pass it. MY EMAIL IS firstname.lastname@example.org
I do have Paul Sanghera's "SCJP exam for J2SE 5". The book covers every objective but questions are straightforward and do not assimilate the complexity of the real exam or other book writers as K&B book or Mughal Book. As I think mock questions should be hard so that we could think over it more broadly.
You can buy Kathy & Bates book which is most famous in the SCJP mob. You have already got the real exam experience, you can do best in the next effort availing this exam experience and more rigorous study.
A lot of the books out there are very incomplete. What they cover is fine, but they leave out a lot of material. I would pick up a copy of the SCJP Study Guide for Java 5 by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates (a moderator on this forum). It's the best book that I've found for SCJP studies.
Also, you might try a bunch of mock exams. Those were very helpful for me. There are many free ones available and even full blown commercial exam simulators. I used the Whiz Labs simulator. I didn't think it was enough by itself, but it did get me used to the format of the exam questions.
Why don't you check the mocks inside www.danchisholm.net ? I'm not sure if these mocks cover SCJP 5.0, but you have lots of questions in a hard level to be prepared for the other topics. If you score 100% on this mock you can be considered ready for passing the test.
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Henry [ April 04, 2007: Message edited by: Henry Wong ]
I have found that going through the books and learning the material is 1/2 the effort of these exams. The other half is learning to read the question.
You need to practice exams. Reading the questions and mapping out the logic takes lots of energy. I usually need to build up the focus power to face a 1-3 hour exam. In the gold old days You needed to map out the logic of the question. Often there are flags that you will chronically run into that scream "PAY ATTENTION TO THIS PART OF THE QUESTION/ANSWER" You have to drill those into your skull.
I liked whizlab because it will let me configure the exam to 10 questsion of 30 minutes. I can focus on understanding a few questions. I don't know if thier one flaw is fixed yet or not. BUT the in the WHIZLABS SCJP5 package would not let me easily link to or copy and paste external resource URL links. I was so frustrated and having to write down these URLS on a piece of paper then type them in. I was/am ready to swear off buying Whizlabs packages. I just have not done it yet. [ April 04, 2007: Message edited by: peter cooke ]