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Please advise me to crack SCJP and SCJD in 4 months

naren dhuli
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Joined: Mar 29, 2010
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Hi All,

I am in urgent need of all your advices regarding cracking scjp and SCJD in 4 months.

I was asked by my employer to complete SCJP and SCJD tests by this july end. Even I have plans to do them as it will be useful for my career. I have worked on core java for one of my projects an year ago. So cracking SCJP should not be problem for me and I am planning to take it in May 1st week.
Is this OK?
Can I manage? How much time I need to spend every day? I can spend two hours every day currently.
Do you suggest me any resource to crack this test? I have head first java book, but never read it. Which material do you suggest me for this test?

And also SCJD contains 2 tests. So what's the latest date I can apply for SCJD test-1 after cracking SCJP in May-1st week.
How much preparation we need here? Based on this I need to schedule SCJD test-1.
Does June 2nd week seems Manageable? If yes, can we manage to write SCJD test-2 and results by July end or august-1st week? How much time do they take for evaluating SCJD test-1 and test-2? I am not aware of this time, so I need to plan based on this.

Thanks a lot for your patience for reading, please try to reply here...
Ankit Garg
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Checkout the ScjpFaq to get tips and resources for preparing for SCJP. You might ask about SCJP in the SCJP Forum, you'll get better replies there...


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naren dhuli
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Thanks Ankit ... Posted similar query in SCJD.

Thanks to all...
Roel De Nijs
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Ankit Garg wrote:You might ask about SCJP in the SCJP Forum

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Ankit Garg
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Prithvi Sehgal
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I will suggest go step wise. Don't rush or come under pressure. First prepare thoroughly for SCJP. I think so till May you can
prepare if you give 2-3 hours everyday and try harder at the weekends. Remember ONE STEP AT A TIME.

Another thing for SCJP, the best book is K&B. Just finish and practice as much mock as you can. You will succeed.

Good luck mate.

HTH,


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naren dhuli
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Thanks Prithvi. I am planning to prepare for SCJP only now and decided to read/practice these two books and then go for mock exams.

1) Head First Java
2) SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Study Guide by Katherine Sierra and Bert Bates (K&B)

I have not read Head First Java book before, but have gone through Java Complete Reference book. So will it make sense to read Head First Java now than Complete reference?

I heard Head First Java is a very very good book. So I thought to read it any how as it will be useful for future interviews also. Am I wrong here?

Thank you
Prithvi Sehgal
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Yes,

HFJ is very good for beginners. You start by that, finish it and then switch to K&B. But if you really understand the constructs, you can even
start from K&B book directly but i will suggest you to go through HFJ first.

Yes practicing a lot of mocks will surely help you. You get some confusion, post your question here and you will get someone answer to your
question.

Best of luck for your preparation,

Prithvi Sehgal
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I am compiling notes for K&B as well, will put it over my signature link pretty soon. It will be very helpful
i suppose. All key points from all chapters.

Good luck,
Larry Chung
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naren dhuli wrote:Thanks Prithvi. I am planning to prepare for SCJP only now and decided to read/practice these two books and then go for mock exams.

1) Head First Java
2) SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Study Guide by Katherine Sierra and Bert Bates (K&B)

I have not read Head First Java book before, but have gone through Java Complete Reference book. So will it make sense to read Head First Java now than Complete reference?

I heard Head First Java is a very very good book. So I thought to read it any how as it will be useful for future interviews also. Am I wrong here?

Thank you

Yes, Head First Java is a very good book but if you have too little time then read only the parts that are SCJP exam topics.

There is such a thing as a Half Life of Knowledge so spending about a month or two to prepare for an exam is about right. Any more than that, the small details you studied in the beginning will be forgotten.

Also, a lot of JavaRanch members like ExamLab, a free, downloadable mock exam simulator. (Although I suggest donating them some money after you pass the SCJP exam. Perhaps $1 US per 1 correct answer you give on your exam.)


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naren dhuli
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Thanks once agaain Prithvi and Larry ...
 
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