I'd like to share my expierence while preparing for SCJP 1.4. I started to prepare for the exam almost one year ago. Today was a great day because I passed with 95% (58 correct out of 61). The result was a bit on the high side of my expectations, however I had decided that I could score in 80-90% range. I did almost all mock exams that were available, and found those by Dan Chrisholm the most helpful for preparation. I spent most of the preparation time doing a couple of mocks now and then, however in the last month before exam I attempted almost all mock exams that were available. I was very afraid to fail the exam, as 150$ means quite a lot here where I live, but everything went just fine.
1)Those things I would like other test takers to know: You will need to do a lot of mocks. Always write down the name/url of exam, time started/finished, your answers, percentage and a short explanation of what went wrong in case of error. It's important to realize that in the real exam you won't have unlimited time, so writing down the time spent on a mock exam is essential.
2)Try compiling the programs you have doubts about, write a lot of small test cases.
3)You are ready if you can score at least 70% on any Dan's mock exam, and it's easy for you to answer (almost) all questions asked here at JavaRanch.
I did not participate in many JavaRanch discussions here, but I spent the last 2 months following the discussions / reading questions and answers. JavaRanch community was really helful and extremely nice. Thank you all for your support!
Congratulations Tom well done . Could you post the links of the mock exams you tried? That will be of great help as I am planning to take the exam soon. [ November 23, 2004: Message edited by: Jay Pawar ]
Cheers,<br />Jay<br /> <br />(SCJP 1.4)<br />Heights of great men were not achieved in one day, they were toiling day and night while their companions slept.
Hi Jay, I used mock exams from the list at JavaRanch. I think that Dan's exams are the best for learning. Aslo, Bill Brogden's exam was of decent quality, and of course, tests by Marcus Green. The quality of other mocks varied, some of them containted questions in really bad English, but were thought-provoking, some were just copies of Marcus exams [ November 24, 2004: Message edited by: Toms Liepins ]
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