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Tod Stroszer
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Joined: Oct 24, 2007
Posts: 28
Hi - I need some advice on preparing for the scjp.

I first read Head First Java, and then I read the Sierra Bates SCJP 6 book. I'm doing all of the questions in the book currently.

-are the Self Test questions more difficult than the questions on the SCJP6 exam? I have yet to get a perfect score at the end of each chapter. Should I redo them until I get them perfect or should I just move on to mock exams?

-to do the Self Test questions, I try to type out the code and compile it in NetBeans. Should I be typing out the code and compiling by using javac from the command line? It's faster to do this in NetBeans.

-after I'm done with Self Test questions, I will move onto Mock Exams - which Mock Exams are the best to prepare for the exam?

Thanks!
L K Kakani
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Joined: Aug 30, 2010
Posts: 32
Hi Tod Stroszer,

Even I am preparing for my SCJP..

Apart from the books you have mentioned I am also going through "A Programmer's Guide to Java SCJP Certification" by Khalid Mughal, Rolf Rasmussen . The Mock Test at the end of this book is good.

- Regarding the self tests in the SCJP6 book.. I donot know about the difficulty, but it sure took me 3 attempts to get the perfect scores.

- Trying the code in NetBeans helped me but for the 10 Chapter I felt better after compiling/executing code using javac/java to get all the ClassPath and directories right.

- The MockExams that came in the DVD with the SCJP6 book are great, you can also try certPal. Its the third one in the list SCJP Mock Tests

I am also trying to download and do ExamLab. I read that its much harder than the real exam though.

Hope this helps.

Kakani.


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Dieter Quickfend
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Joined: Aug 06, 2010
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I hope it is, 'cause in ExamLab I always score between 50 and 60 % :-/ and my exam is Monday.


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L K Kakani
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Joined: Aug 30, 2010
Posts: 32
Hey Dieter,

All the best for your exam.

Please do post your experience.

I am still trying to install ExamLab ,I am getting some errors.. my machine has Windows Vista.
Abimaran Kugathasan
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Joined: Nov 04, 2009
Posts: 2066

L K Kakani wrote:Hey Dieter,
I am still trying to install ExamLab ,I am getting some errors.. my machine has Windows Vista.

I've used it with Vista, but didn't face any problems. And wish you all the best for the exam Dieter!


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L K Kakani
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Joined: Aug 30, 2010
Posts: 32
Hey Abhimaran,

Could you please send me the link you got the ExamLab from.

Thanks,
Kakani.
Abimaran Kugathasan
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Joined: Nov 04, 2009
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L K Kakani wrote:Hey Abhimaran,

Could you please send me the link you got the ExamLab from.

Thanks,
Kakani.

Not me? I got it from ExamLab as usual!
L K Kakani
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@ Abimaran Sorry I misspelled
Shanky Sohar
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Joined: Mar 17, 2010
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this problem is faced by most of the ones who is preparing for scjp6.0

Hopefully i didnot faced it.
i am using windows7.it worked really very fine for me......


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Tod Stroszer
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Joined: Oct 24, 2007
Posts: 28
L K Kakani wrote:Hi Tod Stroszer,

Even I am preparing for my SCJP..

Apart from the books you have mentioned I am also going through "A Programmer's Guide to Java SCJP Certification" by Khalid Mughal, Rolf Rasmussen . The Mock Test at the end of this book is good.

- Regarding the self tests in the SCJP6 book.. I donot know about the difficulty, but it sure took me 3 attempts to get the perfect scores.

- Trying the code in NetBeans helped me but for the 10 Chapter I felt better after compiling/executing code using javac/java to get all the ClassPath and directories right.

- The MockExams that came in the DVD with the SCJP6 book are great, you can also try certPal. Its the third one in the list SCJP Mock Tests

I am also trying to download and do ExamLab. I read that its much harder than the real exam though.

Hope this helps.

Kakani.


Thanks, I took a look at ExamLab - it looks like it's Windows only. I only have a Linux machine available to me. Does anyone know if it's possible to run ExamLab in Wine? Are there any other mock exams that run on Mac or Linux that are good?
 
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