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Passed SCJP 6, 96%

Nidhi Sar
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Joined: Oct 19, 2009
Posts: 252

Phew, I passed it this morning. Thanks whole-heartedly to the JavaRanch community, specially the people who patiently helped me clear my doubts over the last few months (Henry Wong, Neha Daga, Ankit Garg, Deepak Bala, Wouter Oet, Abimaran, so many more....)

Thanks too, to Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates for the wonderful preparation book.

Some thoughts on the test:

  • The two questions I got wrong were on flow-control & OOP. That was surprising to me, because I had expected to get questions wrong in Generics, Threads, API content
    etc, not the fundamentals.
  • The questions were pretty straight-forward. Not many Gotcha questions.
  • Make sure you have your basics of Inheritance, Method overriding/overloading, etc very, very clear. There were tons of questions on those and not so many on obscure API syntax.
  • I did preparation from K&B book (went through about 3 times, writing lots of code on the way) and Sun Site.
  • Also gave the following mock tests:

  • 3 K&B Master Exams : Many questions were very similar
    Niko's blog (topic wise questions) : excellent for thorough revision
    2 ExamLab exams : Replicates the actual test environment very well, which made me comfortable actually taking the test. Also, toughens you up!!!

  • During the test, here is the strategy I followed: I left all the Drag & Drop questions for the end. Other than that: 1 hr for the first 30 questions, 1 hr for the last 30 questions and last 1 hr for the D&D questions + the marked questions (where I wasn't sure my answer was right). I discovered that I could easily fly through the D&D questions once the brain had warmed-up enough after 2 hrs . Ofcourse, different strategies might work for different people.
  • Above all, just hanging around here at JavaRanch, asking questions and trying to answer other questions, was a big learning experience.


  • Thanks again,
    Nidhi


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    Francisco Montes
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    Joined: Sep 30, 2009
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    Nidhi,

    Thank you for sharing your experience about the exam. I will taking it very soon and found your comments very helpful :-)

    Congratulations, excellent score!

    Francisco

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    saima kanwal
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    Joined: Oct 05, 2009
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    congrats, what a wonderful score.


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    Wouter Oet
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    Joined: Oct 25, 2008
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    Congratulations and what a great score. Thank you for sharing your findings and strategy.
    Thank you for the credits, glad I could help.


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    Vivek K Singh
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    Joined: Dec 22, 2009
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    Congrats !!!


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    Edward Kin
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    Joined: Dec 09, 2008
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    Great score and also thanks for sharing your strategy - am working up to the SCJP...
    Thanks
    Ed
    Neha Daga
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    Joined: Oct 30, 2009
    Posts: 504
    Heyy congrats...now we are on the same page
    whats next ??? and yup thanks for the credits
    enjoy


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    Joe Harry
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    Congratulations!


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    Roberto Perillo
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    Congrats, champ!


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    Nidhi Sar
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    Joined: Oct 19, 2009
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    Thanks everyone for your kind remarks!!
    arulk pillai
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    Congrats and keep up the good work.


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    aimable habib
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    Joined: Jan 04, 2010
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    Congrats, champ!


    How much did you score in examlab??
    Nidhi Sar
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    Joined: Oct 19, 2009
    Posts: 252

    aimable habib wrote:How much did you score in examlab??


    I took two examlab tests. Borderline pass in one (65%), and borderline fail in the other (62%).

    It is a great tool for preparation, but don't let the low score scare you
    Vijitha Kumara
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    Congrats !


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    Devaka Cooray
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    Congratulations on your excellent score
    Glad to know that ExamLab helped.


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    Vinod Tiwari
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    Congrats


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    Nidhi Sar
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    Devaka Cooray wrote:
    Glad to know that ExamLab helped.


    Devaka, Thanks for creating such a great software and for making it free to use!

    Vinod, Vijitha, Thanks
    Wouter Oet
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    Joined: Oct 25, 2008
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    Congratulations with this great score. Nice to know that I helped.
    Devaka Cooray
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    Wouter Oet wrote:Nice to know that I helped.

    You have taken eight months to notice it.
    Wouter Oet
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    Actually the first time I congratulated him was in 11-2-2010. I was searching for my name in the category and I thought I selected only the recent threads but apparently something went horribly wrong (I hoped no one would notice ).
    Nidhi Sar
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    Joined: Oct 19, 2009
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    Wouter Oet wrote:Actually the first time I congratulated him...

    ...her

    Appreciate your help & remarks. Hope I now pass ocpjwcd, it is scheduled in 2 weeks. Not feeling quite as energetic as last time!
    Muhammad Khojaye
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    Joined: Apr 12, 2009
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    Congrats


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    Diana Sule
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    Joined: Nov 08, 2010
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    Well done! And good strategy


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