This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
I am back with a bang. I gave my first SCJP exam in 2005 and now I have upgraded it to
SCJP6 scoring 95% in the upgrade exam.
Although I scored 95%, I found some of the questions really tricky and I was even nervous
for a moment! And I feel happy about it ! I am glad that Sun really believes in testing our skills.
As I have always said after previous certifications and I again say, it is the journey through
which we go through during the preparation is more important than the result.
As far as SCJP6 is concerned, I never knew so many new features (which come with their
own traps) have been added to Java6 as compared to 1.4, until I started preparing for
But again, I give credit to Kathy and Bert for their wonderful book, for making the difficult
things appear easy.
Also, the mock exams provided with the book were great.
I did face problems while reviewing my answers in LearnKey software, provided with the book,
as it only shows the correct options for the questions.
I expected it to show me the correct options against the answers actually marked by me.
(sort of view whereby wrong answers are striked off and right ones are ticked off)
Also, the study guide option does not list all the options for questions (lists only correct ones),
making me to revisit the exam window to check for options.
I hope this can be improved in future.
Most difficult topics during the journey were Autoboxing,APIs and of course Generics.
Another topic which I found tough on SCJP6 was Coupling and Cohesion(OO concepts).
Although it is a small topic and exam has 2 or 3 questions on it, I always falter on it.
I faltered on it during mock exams and even in real exam.
I was even not convinced by the reasoning given against correct answers during
K & B mocks.
I feel the K&B book should have additional material on this topic( with examples).
Lastly, I say the overall journey towards SCJP6 was great.
As I say this,I still wonder about the journey of those who created Java6 and of course SCJP6.
When I will reach my office tomorrow, I will definitely feel a bit elated as compared to my colleages,
who are not aware of the richness of Java6.
SCJP 1.4 : 91%
SCWCD 1.4 : 95%
SCBCD 1.3 : 95%
SCJP 6 Upgrade : 95%
Next SCBCD 1.5
Man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
Your exam simulator is really cool. Although I didn't manage to find time to give it's mock exam,
I did have a look at it just the night before the exam. And I felt Ah! I should have given some
exams on it as well.