I just wrote my Sun Certified Java Programmer 5.0 Beta exam. Here are my comments:
- The material was quite easy. Much easier than I expected. - The exam was long. I hit a wall at 100 minutes (out of 300) and I kinda developed a "I just don't care any more" attitude. If you can endure the five hours, you'll likely do better. - My preparation was thoroughly studying K+B for SCJP 1.4 and then looking at the exam objectives, looking at the java docs for the stuff that was new, and coding some new java 5.0 stuff. That was certainly sufficient. - Some questions were very much like Kathy and Bert's suggestions in their book. - Some questions were asking precicesly the same thing as a previous question. - Some questions were impossible to review coz there's a weird glitch that when a draggy/droppy window pops up for an answer, you can't really review it without erasing your answer (thereby wasting time and discouraging me from reviewing). I put that in my comments tho.