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SCJP 1.5 Preparation for the Second Time

 
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Dear Friends,

I did the SCJP 5.0 Exam about 3 months back and failed with only 48%!! I think the reason was lack of preparation. Since then until now I didn't get a time to prepare for the exam again. I was in touch with java though because I am currently doing SCMAD classes and I finished a practical java course recently. Now I have about 3 weeks to study and sit for the exam again. I have already bought the voucher. I would really appreciate if you could give me some advice on where to start and how to prepare again. And I would also like to know whether it is okay to go for the 1.6 exam straightaway as i already know the 1.5 concepts. The main thing is I don't know where to start studying so its hard to start!! There is such a lot.

Thank You!!!
 
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In my opinion 3 weeks will not do for you.
You need at least 2 months.

If you have 2 months get the Sierra Bates book, and the Enthuware mock exams.
And study and practice with exams, and writing code.
 
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Thank you Victor for quick the reply. I really appreciate it!

But 2 months?? I dont think so because I already know most of the concepts of java. The only reason I failed the exam is that I just rushed it!! Didn't do much mock exams only one or two. I already have the 1.5 Whizlabs and K&B SCJP 1.5 Head First and the Study Guide both. I just don't know where to start. What kind of codes do you think I should write to practice?

By the way I'm pretty good at studying .

Thanks.
 
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I just don't know where to start. What kind of codes do you think I should write to practice?



Well, when you took the exam last time, what topics did you struggle with? Those topics would be a good place to start.

Henry
 
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But 2 months?? I dont think so because I already know most of the concepts of java


We tend to think that just knowing the concepts of Java is enough.
The actual exam is intentionally deceptive and it is not just about knowing the concepts. Its about acute application of those concepts.
The choices are so close sometimes, that unless you've practiced real hard with the examples given in KS & BB (the Bible of SCJP, I just can't thank the authors enough), you are likely to falter again.
I'd suggest digging deep into the topics you failed in.
Try out the examples given in the book, observe the output.
Again, go back, change the code, and then observe the output again.
 
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The questions which are nearest to the question in the real test are the ones by the SUN WLC. You have to buy them for about $50. The Explanations are unfortunately very short, but with some passion you get the stuff.
 
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The questions which are nearest to the question in the real test are the ones by the SUN WLC.



Could you please tell me what the SUN WLC is??
I have no idea. Where can I buy them?
 
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Hello Nipuna,

I guess Terence is referring to: SUN WLC

Cheers,
Giovanni
 
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