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Time frame required to study for the exam

Rohan Dhruva
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Joined: May 08, 2007
Posts: 183
Hi,

I am wondering whether one and a half month would be enough to study for SCJP exam ? Right now I will be having school exams, after which I wish to study and appear for the SCJP exam.

I will get approximately 8th June to 14th July to study for the exam. I know this question is pretty vague, in that it depends on person to person, however, on general, can it be done in that much time ? I already know some Java, though I am no expert. I will study religiously

I am using the K&B book to study.


Rohan B. Dhruva
SCJP 1.5
Sasha Ruehmkorf
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Joined: Mar 29, 2007
Posts: 115
Hi Rohan.
I started learning Java last year in November, cause I wanted to program a little game. That took me till end of January when I completed the program. In February and March I haven't done anything Java-related. Started to prepare for the exam 5 weeks ago (5 hours the day minimum) and I think I will need two more weeks studying to be sure that I will pass the test. So, yes it's definately possible to do it in the timeframe you stated BUT it will be hard work!
Rohan Dhruva
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Joined: May 08, 2007
Posts: 183
Thanks a lot Sasha .. I know I'll need to study very hard for it

Let's see if I can do it ..
Joe Wolfe
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Joined: Apr 25, 2007
Posts: 87
I've been at it on and off for two years. Mostly off.

I had two JAVA classes at community college and aced both and I participated in a JAVA study group for about 5 weeks but everyone dropped out. I read two additional JAVA certification texts all the way thru and now and reading and studying the Sun JAVA book for Core JAVA Fundamentals.

Sadly I get busy on it and lose interest after a months time. So I should be really good at the basic stuff by now. Right?

I also have a lousy memory so it takes time for me to learn it or else I need to learn and test quickly.

I could do it in two weeks if I spent 10 hours a day for 14 days and then tested. It all depends on how good your memory is. 8 weeks would be more reasonable with about 4 hours a day into it.


If not now then never.
Rohan Dhruva
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Joined: May 08, 2007
Posts: 183
Thanks Joe .. However, I think I might be able to put in more hours, because at that time, I will have my school vacation ..
Bill Fleet
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Joined: May 25, 2007
Posts: 13
I also have a lousy memory [banghead] [banghead] so it takes time for me to learn it or else I need to learn and test quickly.


Joe, you probably DON'T have a lousy memory, but it works differently for you than for others in this forum. Don't give up. It sounds like books aren't your best way of learning (they weren't for me), and you need to find a way to learn that suits you.

I had to find a different way to learn the niggly details that suited me and kept me interested. My preferred way to learn is to go mess around with tools and the code and see what they do. Very kinesthetic. No manuals for me. So getting the details exactly right is hard for me.

Study group dynamics can also be weird. They're like singles groups in a church, which always dissolve as their members marry out, leaving a few orphans.

Again, don't give up. Study smart. I had to learn (all over again) how I learned, and then I did it in three weeks. And I passed!

Cheers! -- Bill


"I never thought that losing my mind would be such hard work."
SCJP 1.4
sadhna singh
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Joined: May 29, 2007
Posts: 29
Hi All,
If you are in touch with java and doing programming ,even then need min 2 months to prepare for exam because matter for exam is different than the coding stuff.
As per my experience, learn& practice everything on system with of course Book K&B...only book study will not help.so...code code and trouble shoot as much as you can.

Best of luck
Sadhna
 
 
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