This week's book giveaway is in the OCMJEA forum. We're giving away four copies of OCM Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Exam Guide and have Paul Allen & Joseph Bambara on-line! See this thread for details.
Just getting into the hard slog of study, I thought I knew a lot until I started doing the test exams and I'm doing really poorly but it's still the beginning.
I have the K&B book and I've started the Enthuware practice exams.
I just passed today as well. I studied for the SCJP6 but, being a student at the time, $70 seemed like too much for my mediocre practice test scores.
I got a 72% consistently with the Enthuware tests over the past week (haven't used Java much in the past couple years).
I don't recall how much time I spent on each portion (test, unanswered, marked, reviewed is my order for pretty much all tests of any sort). I know I went in at 11:10 and left at 12:40, though so it wasn't too bad!
My main questions were regarding things which you don't experience in the wild often, such as whether it's legal to use a default privacy class for your main(String) routine (it is, it seems).
For that, I ended up around question 70 with a question that didn't have an option for does not compile and had to go back and change my answer for all of them.
Ended up with a 95% and am just tickled pink and similarly relieved!
For all the time I've spent programming, the irony is the feedback I got on the test (things I answered incorrectly) -- Just three bullets:
Develop code that demonstrates the use of polymorphism Implement inheritance
Manipulate data using the StringBuilder class and its methods
All this (especially the time I took) is not to toot my own horn but to say that if you've been using Java since before autoboxing (and, amazingly, haven't gotten a cert so aren't already aware of this), you are likely to experience similar: you will fly through the test and be unable to answer some questions you really should know by now.
I'm curious if anyone who's been in my sort of situation could comment on how difficult the second test will be.
I want to say that packages, imports and running of code through the command line with command line args was in the exam but I have to admit I might be thinking of the practice exams I took beforehand.
Congrats!!! it would be great if you guys could share some of the questions... And also wanted to know that studying K&B book would cover 95% what to do for the next 5%?
Is there any textbook that you guys recommend... please advice...