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coding and practising for exam

Lucas Toledo

Joined: Apr 17, 2012
Posts: 7
Dear forum,
One of the tips for preparing for the exam is to code, code, code.
I've practised the self test questions at the end of each chapter of the SCJP study guide book, I've done the first two mock exams from the CD. I coded most of the questions. I thought that would be enough to prepare me for the third mock test.
Yesterday I sat the third mock exam and I scored a poor 53%.
I thought that by going through each question, for each mock test, and the self test questions, and code where applicable, that would be enough. I feel that practising each exam question prepares me for that particular question and not the next one (criticism to self, not the mock exam)

Since one of the recommendations is to code, my question is, what is your experience in coding in preparation for the exam? Clearly, for me, doing the first three mock tests from the SCJP study guide book are not enough.

How can I be inventive enough in coding so that the the concepts stay on my head instead of memorising the answers for each question?
I think, THAT's the source of my problem.

Thanks in advance,
John Jai

Joined: May 31, 2011
Posts: 1776
Read from multiple source - have you read the Oracle Java tutorials?

Read old threads in the Coderanch SCJP forum. Answer to questions asked by others.

List the exam topics and code for all possible conditions. Once I was learning Arrays and coded whatever small possible conditions I was able to think.

I will leave a few sample classes I coded for you to understand on what I am emphasizing.

Enjoy your learning not focusing too much on the exam perspective
Lucas Toledo

Joined: Apr 17, 2012
Posts: 7
Thanks, John. That's certainly food for thought. I will try the same approach.
I think you're right about focusing on the learning.

Anyone else, kind enough to share your experience of coding for preparing for the SCJP exam?

Thanks once more.
I agree. Here's the link:
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