Though the score is modest, I am happy to have cleared this exam in my first attempt and since I gained a lot of information from reading various other posts here, I hope the following information will help other future aspirants in clearing this exam.
I have more than 2 years of Java and servlet coding experience but believe me this test is a different ballgame. For ex. I repeat what so many others have advised before, know the constructors of classes under java.io package else it gets pretty confusing to answer the questions on this topic (knowing only the inheritance hierarchy of these classes is not good enough). So I throw the same advice ...know the constructors well...it seems all the questions in this section relate to this area ( I got 40% in this topic). Thread is another important area...I got about 11 or 12 questions on this topic...they kept coming and coming and coming...(got 42 % in this section). Some of them were about 30 lines long but I guess the length of code is of no relevance, its the concept...like when would a deadlock occur in the code etc...one of the question had anonymous inner class with thread related code inside...pretty nasty so spend some time on mastering this topic. I got only one question on garbage collection which I missed (O%)..on which line of code does the object become eligible for gc... Scored 100% in sections 'Declarations and access control' and 'java.util package' My concepts on Overloading and Overriding are sound and that is a life saver and without this it will be very difficult to pass the exam... For example if you get a question with at least one option saying compiler error then take a hard look at the code before spending time to see what is going on with the values in the nested for loop etc... if you could spot the compiler error this could save some time... I mean the time to review all your answers as I think the total time to answer all the questions is sufficient. I spent only last 8 days reading Khalid Mughals book (very good) and last couple of days trying out various free online tests and my score reflects this ... So spend more time preparing to score more..... Finally (oops I should have started this post in a try block to make sure everyone reads this part ) my sincere thanks to all who actively participate in this forum and help each other out... Sudhir Sun Certified Java 2 programmer
Hey Sudhir, Congrats on passing! I too passed today with 77% and I was really hoping for at least 90%; but as the day went on I realized that my personal want of getting a high score is irrelevant to the mere fact that we are now SUN CERTIFIED JAVA PROGRAMMERS. Hope you don't mind, but i think i'll close with my new signature. ========================================= Peter Parker SUN CERTIFIED JAVA PROGRAMMER (SCJP2) =========================================