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SCJP 6 Certified... finally.

Karl Krasnowsky
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After much sweating and fretting I took the test and passed with an 81% score.

I'm not all that satisfied with my score given how much studying I did and how long I've been using this language, but I'm glad I'm beyond it. Historically I'm not that great a test taker anyway. A major motivational factor for me doing it was to familiarize myself with the additions that have been made since 1.4. The projects I was working on in my corporate job were stuck on <= v1.4 so I didn't get any exposure to the Generics, enhanced Collections, Enums, asserts, etc., so much of this was learning virtually a new language. There was much to learn and even some fundamental information that proved useful.

I see reported scores in excess of 90% and frankly I'm impressed that others are hitting this. Some of these questions seemed rather nebulous, e.g., Company x has found a way to redesign their application to reduce the amount of code in the API - which OO practices would they use in accomplishing this? [series of OO concept options].
Also, maybe I should have paid more attention to the actual test details before going in, but I was surprised that there were only 60 questions with a minimum of 58% to pass. Probably could have passed without studying the new J5-6 additions, but I'm glad I did just fmi. As a result I scored highest on the Collection/Generics, OO Concepts and Concurrency sections so I came away actually learning something.

This was the first test I took under the Prometric system so the anxiety related to the actual test format will be alleviated the next time around since I will soon be tackling the SCBCD cert.

My primary study resource was KS&BB SCP4J6 Study Guide (nothing against it, but frankly I hope I don't ever have to look at this book again!)

good luck!

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S Ali
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Great job and very good score . How hard was the exam compared to mocks? and did the exam cover all of the objectives fairly

baskaran Kumarasamy

Joined: Jul 03, 2009
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how you prepared for this scjp.6 ,are you having any [ILLEGALLY COPIED MATERIAL] or any study metrials for this please forward me...

I'm going to take the scjp.6


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Nitish Bangera
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Congrats on a great score.

Baskaran refer to K&B and solve the Masterexam and examlab. Well cracking SCJP6 is not just for the passing but the knowledge you get from it.

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baskaran Kumarasamy

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thanks for guiding me....
Karl Krasnowsky
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Nitish Bangera wrote:Congrats on a great score.

Baskaran refer to K&B and solve the Masterexam and examlab. Well cracking SCJP6 is not just for the passing but the knowledge you get from it.

Yes I agree. given your current level of familiarity with the Java language the K&B study guide should be more then you need. And of course using JavaRanch for clarification or extended references in specific areas is invaluable.
I was surprised by the areas that I tested low in... API Contents and Flow Control. I think I was overly concerned with areas that I knew I was less experienced with and wasn't as careful with those that I took for granted... I mean break;, continue; and labels ... how hard can those be? But it would appear that I let a few easier questions get past me. I suppose it has to do with how many question you get in a particular category as to how the percentages work, e.g., getting 5 of 7 flow control statements correct equates to 71%.
Given that, it wouldn't seem too bad, but be careful not to let "easy" ones get away.

Also, learn from my mistake and familiarize yourself with how the tests are administered and how to best work with the software. I was aware that if there was a question that I wanted to refer back to I could check the "mark" box. However, when I went back to it for review (sometimes revising my answer) I neglected to uncheck this box so the review dialog never removed it from the list and I wasted time going back over questions that I had already completed (I figured this out after the first time through). This was particularly painful when I revisited the "Task" questions which you perform drag and drop operations for code completion. The act of reviewing actually deletes the contents of your prior answer so you have to redo it from scratch. Again, a waste of time I could have used reviewing some of my blundered answers in the Flow Control statement category.
Prometric provides test tutorials that you can take directly from their web site... use them, it may seem obvious but the less surprised going in will reduce dumb mistakes, wasted time and test anxiety.


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Congrats Karl

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Congrats and keep up the good work

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