I had just got back from the test center. I pass SCPJ 1.2 with 67%! Really low score. However, I figure since all my experience with Java is just that one class I had and about a month and half of study, pass on the first try is really cool! RHE and Mughal's books are great help! And, spending time here reading posts drives some points into my brain. Thanks every one! and one more
Congratulations Chung !! You might want to share your experience through the exam with the rest of us .
Nupur. <br />SCJP2.
posted 18 years ago
I'll do that. I only have one question dealing with Garbage Collection. And no question that require me to type in. I was lucky in that regard. First off, I purchase the practice exam from Sun for $75.00. I did not finish the whole thing, its 236 questions. I finish 144 of them. From what I can tell, the practice exam is very close to the actual kind of questions and depth. There are mock exams out there that are harder than the actual exam. Of those Dan�s is the one that pops into my mind. If you could work through his mock exam and either get it right or know why you got them wrong, you�ll do fine. RHE�s book is too light. Some aspects were not cover quite deep. On the other hand, Mughal�s book sometimes goes in too deep. I�ll suggest that go over RHE�s book, as it covers major points, then go into Mughal�s book for explanations and more in depth coverage. While in the Mughal�s book, monitor the forum for topic discussion that would help you. After you gone through your study, take the practice exam from Sun. This practice exam would give you a good handle on how you would do in actual exam, as the two are very close. Now, if you want higher grade, go for the mock exams like Dan�s, getting 80% would probably translate into 80% on your actual exam. The exams from RHE�s book is too light. Passing them with 100% would ensure your knowledge to basic stuff. If the actual exam ask tougher questions, you may not be prepared. For the actual exam, it does not ask question that require you to think creatively on applying the fundamental Java rules. But, plain memorization isn�t enough as you would have to think what the rules you have memorized mean. Another thing, be patient. The time will be enough. I run into a lot of questions on loops, bitwise operations, and binary operations. There are times when I just simply do the bitwise questions in the dumbest way-I do binary translation and then perform the operation. Yet, I was able to finish with 40 minutes to spare, after I review 10 questions. Don�t worry about time, you have plenty. The exam questions don't ask you to apply the rules too deep. But, be sure you understand the basics and know all the class names RHE mentioned in events. That is tested. In conclusion, RHE�s mock exam is lighter than actual. The practice exam from Sun is very close to the real thing. Dan�s mock exam is tougher, but passing it would almost ensure you success. Time to work on my next cert!