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How I passed the SCJP 1.4 exam with 93%

 
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I've been studying for two months. Read both the Sierra/Bates and Mughal books. Then, I went through every question and explanation on the Chrisholm exams by topic.

Finally, I went through every practice exam in the Khalid Mughal book, and "memorized" every bullet point in the "Two-Minute Drill" section in the Sierra/Bates book. It was important that I was able to determine exactly why each answer in the practice exams are wrong or right.

On test day, I went through all the exam questions in 1 hour 25 minutes. Some required alot of though, while others were very easy and obvious. I spent the remaining 35 minutes reviewing my answers, before hitting the "end" button.

The real test wasn't as "picky" or "tricky" as I thought. I have found however that many questions are actually testing several areas of Java knowledge in the same question, so sometimes you aren't sure what the exam actually trying to test you for. Strangely enough I got almost all thread questions for the first 10-15 questions, which was a little unsettling, but still got all of the Thread questions correct.

I was given some dry-eraseble vinyl pads with dry erase markers to use for working through problems. The test featured larger font text than I expected on a 1024x768 screen resolution (if I remember correctly) which made it a little tough to see the answers and the exhibit window code at the same time. You have the option of reviewing either your marked answers only or all answers on the exam before you hit the submit button. After exiting the test, there was a button to print the results of the test and your score.

The important thing was to get a lot of sleep the 2nd night before the exam (you won't be able to sleep the night before the exam) so that I could think clearly before answering the questions.

The Sierra/Bates practice exams came closest to the real exam. Got 70% on Sierra/Bates practice exam and after further study ended up with 93% on real exam.
[ April 30, 2006: Message edited by: Salvador Cecilio ]
 
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Congrats ! The last 10-15 question i encountered were based on threads.
 
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Parabens Cara ! Mais um certificado para a comunidade Java Brasileira.
N�s somos foda !
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Wow, That's AWESOME score !

What comes next ?
[ April 30, 2006: Message edited by: Edisandro Bessa ]
 
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Currently studying for both the SCWCD 310-081 Exam and Microsoft's .NET equivalent 70-315 (C#/Web) Exam. I still haven't found a Microsoft .NET "Certification" site that is anywhere as helpful as javaranch.com.
 
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Salvador -
Thank you for the most informational narration of your success story! And congratulations too. But could you give me more details on chrisholm exams. Are they available online or how could I get them?
- Deepthi
 
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http://www.danchisholm.net/
 
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congratulations congratulations
good luck at the your future certifications
 
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Let me be more specific:

http://www.danchisholm.net/dec20/topic/index.html
http://www.danchisholm.net/july21/topic/index.html
 
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Congrats!!

Can we give SCWCD 310-081 after SCJP 1.4? Is there any exam which we can not avail unless cleared with SCJP 1.5?
 
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