My first attempt was lower but this time I believed I was well prepared and was confident of a good pass result.
I'm not sure what went wrong and I would really appreciate some advice.
My preparation involved reading the K&B SCJP 1.5 book and practicing the Whizlabs mocks. Then I used to go back to the areas in the book which I was scoring low marks.
My scores in the Whizlabs mock exams started off low but I got better after practice. I did pass all my mock exams with scores ranging from 60% to 70% so I thought I was ready this time.
I want to sit the exam again as I have already invested so much effort and time so far.
What should I do to pass and get a good result?
I was considering going back to the book and taking one chapter per week and also doing code for that chapter to really drill in the concepts. Then Whizlab mocks after all the chapters and then focus on areas which I am getting low marks for.
Is this a good way to study?
Can anyone give tips to studying? What has worked for those who have passed?
Is it worth going for the exam again as will employers look at the fact I have failed the exam twice so will think I'm not a good programmer?
You must have learned something from the previous two attempts what is your weakness. What goes wrong in the exams...which objectives are you weak in...I think one chapter per week is way too much after the amount of time you have spent in studying...I have read Khalid mughal book for about 1 month and now I complete 1 chapter of K&B book per day...
Instead of studying the books over and over again, I think you should do more java practice(not mock exam practice but making java programs). This will help you a lot....Don't memorize exceptional cases...try to understand the concept behind them...Just go through the documentation for API related questions...
I told you the way I study...
also I would like to ask everyone are deep questions about the API asked in the exam??? like the String.replace() method returns this reference if the first and second argument are same..or String.trim() returns this reference if the first and last characters are not space characters,Math.min(-0,0) returns -0........ and stuff like that??? I saw these type of questions on some mock exams and I think it is very difficult to know about behavior of methods in the API......
Because you have not mentioned solving questions or mocks from K&B my only advice would be to solve every single question in the K&B book ... believe me K&B mock exam is one of the best (if not the best) mocks for SCJP [ August 26, 2008: Message edited by: abhishek pendkay ]
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Thanks to all for your feedback
I didnt do much coding, just some small areas like String comparison etc.
I think I will start doing some more coding on each chapter and mix up different objectives.
Does anyone have some good coding exercises that will help to cover some of the exam objectives?
You have to do ALOT of coding. That would be my advice from what you've said. I dont think you can pass this exam by just revising the book.
As for examples, think of a simple program to make. As an example, when I was a practicing and couldn't understand equals and hashmaps and generics, I created a telephone directory program. You have to do lots of coding for each chapter in K&B.
dont be upset... do more and more programs... Just attempt mock exams...as many as possible... After each exam analyse yourself...like which areas are weak and which are stronger... If a new concept is there just try to understand the logic with your own code...
I think this is your time...go and rock on... All the best...