I've just registered myself in Javaranch though I've been browsing through the site for a few months already and I'm currently preparing for SCJP 1.5. I would like to ask something about the SCJP Exam. Honestly, I am not still familiar with the type of questions being given in the certification. Specifically, is there a need to memorize methods in the API to pass the exam? i.e. methods from Collection, List, HashSet. etc.. Actually, the exact question in mind is: "Willthe exam ask you to choose betweeen correct and wrong methods? Or does the exam always present valid methods?" Thanks! =)
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About your question: I think you should get the K&B book to have an impression what is important and what is not. You don't have to know all methods in the API, since this is fairly impossible. Perhaps have a look in our FAQ page: http://faq.javaranch.com/view?ScjpFaq
Thanks for informing me about the user name policy. This is my real name. I will definitely get the K&B book.
Just another important question I hope you guys would give me an answer. Please give me some advise on how I can effectively prepare for the SCJP 1.5 exam. I really feel the lack of time to study given the everyday work at the office, responsibilities, traffic, home choirs and everything. I am planning to take the certification early next year. I've seriously started studying using Java How To Program 6th Edition by Deitel & Deitel for a few months now. I am now in Chapter 14 (Files and Streams). Unfortunately, I really feel I haven't absorbed all the important concepts needed for the exam.
I hope you could give me advice on how to effectively prepare for the certification.
The K&B book contains a lot of quiz questions, at the end of each chapter, and there's also a complete mock exam included. Study the book chapter by chapter and do the quiz questions, and see how you score. If you don't score high enough, repeat the chapter.
The best way to learn Java is by doing it - so, write a lot of small programs to experiment and find out the concepts you are learning.
There are other mock exams available on Internet, some free and some cost money. The SCJP FAQ (see the link in my signature below) contains a list of a number of mock exams.