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Happily Certified in South Africa!!!

 
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Hi there all SCJP seekers & JavaRanch Cowboys/girls !
On Friday I became certified. It was pretty much the happiest day in my life. I was ec-"static" upon seeing my pass result of 83%. I thought I would share some of my experiences and opinions with you all seeing that especially JavaRanch assisted me considerably with the final stages of SCJP preparation.
Reading Sameer's thread last week encouraged me and made me feel ready for the exam. I agree with him that the exam was easier than expected, especially considering some complex threads being discussed in this forum. Maybe I should first introduce myself seeing that I was at most times a silent bystander in all the threads. I started off 3 months ago with zero programming knowledge - truly a "greenhorn". I bought "The Complete Java 2 Certification Guide" by S.Roberts, P. Heller & M.Ernest and "Java 2 - Exam Cram" by B.Brogden from amazon.com. These were and are, I consider, the best books to prepare for the big 310-025. (No wonder JavaRanch promotes/approves these books). I struggled my butt off at first but after going through RHE for about 3 or 4 times I got the hang of it. It was genuine hard work. After 2 months of studying, I started off with some mock exams - gee did I only start learning then! If it wasn't for all those mock exams out there I wouldn't have made it. I did every mock I could find on the www. I especially found the applets great exercise! Boy did I get a shock when I first tried out the "Applied Reasoning" applet!. But should you come across this applet it is truly 10 times worse than the real McCoy - just as Sameer said. Maybe it is because we did "Applied Reasoning" that we consider the 310-025 a breeze. (Haa Haa Haa).
You might wonder 83% - a breeze? I don't quite know where I lost so many points. All the questions were completely unambiguous. I don't think I had as many "check box" questions as maha anna had. It was genuinely a balanced exam. Questions were all straight forward e.g. range of integer types, visibility characteristics of modifiers, etc...
Well, I am really excited having passed this exam. If I can, I am sure most of you can. But make no mistake, one will definitely have to burn some midnight oil!
Thanks a lot to all of you at the JavaRanch for making such a great gathering ground for Java enthusiats.
Happiest SCJP in South Africa,
Andreas
 
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Congrats Andreas, you really have a reason to rejoice. All the best.
Herbert
 
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Congratulation!
thanks for your advice. I feel confident after reading
your and Sameer's posts.
 
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Hi Andreas,
Congrats!! Wish you all the best in your future endeavors.
Regards,
Milind
 
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Andreas,
Congrats!!
And, all the best for your future endeavours!!
What next, SCJD?
Regards,
Suresh.
 
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Congratulations and best wishes.
Ajith
 
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Hard work always pays. Best of luck and have a nice future. Dont forget, you have to visit here whenever you are free :-)))
 
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Congrats Andreas_Nerlich,
I think your post will surely help someone out there to get ready for the exam. The after-passing posts are really helpful for SCJP takers in many ways.
Good luck to you.
regds
maha anna
 
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Hi Andreas,
Congratulations!! and Thanks for all the valuable information you have given. It is very helpful.
Best wishes.
suma
 
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Congrats.
All the best for your future endavours.
Regds.
- satya
 
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Thanks guys!
I have started looking at Sun's tutorials on EJB & JDBC. Can't wait to figure it out!
You won't believe, but on Sunday I registered my Java skills on an IT job website and already today I have had a couple of interested agencies phone me up! Tomorrow I have my first interview!
Well, take care! I won't be a stranger!
Andreas
 
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Andreas,
Congratulations! One thing that caught my attention was, 'zero knowledge of programming'. Did you mean you have not programmed in any other language before? If so, I would say yours is an excellent score! Good luck in your interview tomorrow!
 
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Great job Andreas. I agree that getting the heck scared out of you by a mock is the best possible learning tool.
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