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SCJP - Best Material for Focussed Preparation

Anika Agarwal

Joined: Jan 17, 2010
Posts: 2
Just getting started on my SCJP and want to stay focussed
There are so many books, materials , pointers , mocks available , ,
Could you please help me put just the very very basic material that MUST be thoroughly read
For eg.

1. Kathy Siera and Bert Bates SCJP
2. Headfirst Java

Mock Exams


Deepak Bala

Joined: Feb 24, 2006
Posts: 6662

Welcome to JR anika

Mock Exams

All the ones you can find. The SCJPFaq lists a few


in javaranch ?


I am not aware of any widely used notes. The book should suffice

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Anika Agarwal

Joined: Jan 17, 2010
Posts: 2
Thanks Deepak. should help.
Highly valuable. 1 stop place for someone who just resolved to take SCJP.
Ankit Garg

Joined: Aug 03, 2008
Posts: 9465

Welcome Anika to javaranch and good luck for your preparation for SCJP...

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suman mitragupta

Joined: Jul 23, 2009
Posts: 11
Check, there are several books vailable in web

Java Architect
scjp 1.5 sample questions scjp 1.6 sample questions
Anurag Goel

Joined: Jan 23, 2010
Posts: 4
I am also planning to do SCJP1.6..I want to purchase KS&BB book because e-book version doesn't help much...

How much does it cost and where can I get it from?

SCJP .. I am coming...!!
Paul Anilprem
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What material and plan of action you need really depends on your familiarity and experience in Java. The following steps should give you a general idea -

Step 1. Get a general java book - If you are an absolute beginner, this step is a must for developing a strong base. I am not sure how current is "Thinking in Java by Bruce Eckel" now, but it is a really great book for this purpose. It is free.

Step 2. Get a book specially written for SCJP - If you are somewhat experienced (say 2-3 yrs), this step is a must to iron out the kinks in your fundamental java concepts that are important for the exam. Head First SCJP is fine and so is the one by Khalid Mughal.

Step 3. Attempt a lot of mock exams. This step is a must for jumping from a pass score to a 90%+ score. If you have time to search, there are tons of free mock exams available. Which ones are absolutely essential is a tough question because you probably won't find a single one that covers everything that is required. If you are short on time, use a commercial one. This will ensure that you have covered everything. You score on a commercial simulator will give you a very sensible picture about your preparation. If you are well experienced in Java, about a week on a good commercial simulator is all you need to get a good score on SCJP.


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sushil grover

Joined: Nov 28, 2008
Posts: 12
I cleared SCJP 6 a few days ago with 95%. I read kathie siera for this. I got one Mock exams CD with this book. Book is really very good,it focuses on exam objectives and also provides you with on the job suggestions.

ruchita mahajan
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Joined: Jun 16, 2009
Posts: 33
i am too planning to give the SCJP in another 2 months.I am searching for Study partner to do the group study.anyone there???
ruchita mahajan
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pplz send me a private message if anyone intersted
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