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Atilla Ilhan
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Joined: May 13, 2009
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Hi All
I am new here and as you can guess, I want to pass the SCJP.. Java experience I have is not that much, I have some expererience in making simple classes in Java 1.3, 8 years ago,

question is: I bought the book SCJP 5 from K&B, I began reading this book a week ago (not completed yet), and check interesting code by myself, when I do a selftest when I complete a chapter, I got 50-60% right,
do I have to worry? since my intention is to read the book again (I read some people read it 2-3 times to pass)
my strategy is not to to do any mocktest/mastertest before completing the book 2 times... is this a good startegy?

thanks


Tom Kowalski
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In my opinion you don’t need to worry. I had similar situation. I read K&B book, and after each chapter I thought I know everything, but when I wanted to check my knowledge in tests it turned out that I didn’t know the answer for many questions. So I’ve just read it (the book) two times and later often come back to some parts of it, in this same time I did a lot of mock exams. Now I remember quite a lot and I don’t have problems with exams. So I think you shouldn’t stress, at the beginning it is always hard ^^.


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Atilla Ilhan
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Indeed, it is very hard, but now I feel more confident, thanks

I try to read a chapter a day (since I have also a fulltime job), is this speed ok?
Paolo Dina
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Atilla DaHun wrote:I try to read a chapter a day (since I have also a fulltime job), is this speed ok?


In my humble opinion it seems a bit too fast. If you are able to memorize what you are reading AND understand concepts *well* that's OK, otherwise it worth to take your time. Btw, I also have studied K&B, and I can say it is not a "learn-java-in-24-hours" kind of book (like Paul Sanghera's is... but don't buy it.), so use all the time you have at your disposal and, at the end, you will have your satisfactions (just passed today the exam with 95% :-))

HTH


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Byju Joy
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If you had experience only with java version 1.3, it's better to go through a regular java book(not SCJP focused) to catch with new additions in later versions. Going directly into SCJP exam oriented stuff is not recommended, as you may easily miss the general simple concepts, while studying the tricky stuff.
Atilla Ilhan
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Joined: May 13, 2009
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Byju Joy wrote:If you had experience only with java version 1.3, it's better to go through a regular java book(not SCJP focused) to catch with new additions in later versions. Going directly into SCJP exam oriented stuff is not recommended, as you may easily miss the general simple concepts, while studying the tricky stuff.

Java book I already have, Core Java 5 fundementals part 1 from SUN, I can say this book helps me a lot, especially when I need more information about a topic,
and Paul Sanghera's book, I already finished. The selftest questions there are much more easy, and in my opinion not worth buying it.
and I followed another advice in this thread, I slowed down a little, I may memorize things better now



 
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