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Newbie to forum, to JAVA , to SCJP !!! Guidance Needed.

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Hi Ranchers,

This is my first post on this forum, although this is definitely not the first time i have visited this forum. I have been around quite a while, checking out mainly the SCJP threads as i am preparing for this exam since a few months. Hence, i thought its about time i made an appearance I think its a very motivational place to be, i have been needing that lately.

I am looking for some advice on SCJP preparation.JAVA is very new to me. I have been a mainframe programmer ever since. But, i am very much interested in switching to object oriented programming.

I have a K&B SCJP 6.0 and i have probably done chap 1-5 twice. I do the 2 min drills each time, and i am to be honest not so motivated sometimes by the number of wrong answers and most of the time, the time i take to solve each questions(which is fairly essential).

I will greatly appreciate if you could please suggest some guidelines as to how i should focus on my study to make it the most effective way.

I am working and hence can devote a maximum of 1.5 hours each day + time for some mock questions. Most of the study is on the weekends.

To give you a wider idea, my study plan is always to complete a topic my studying it, but when it comes to taking tests on each topic, i need a lot of time on this one and then after the results i feel i dont know the chapter at all! Hence, i usually choose to move to next chapter.

Hence a few questions i need suggestions on,
- As i come from a non-JAVA background, do you think i have fairly difficult chances on high scoring this exam?

- Apart from the regular study, would you suggest, revising earlier topics or giving mocks instead or both ?

- Is it time for me to start giving the mock tests now, considering i know chap 1-5 fairly well ?

- Do you suggest any topics in particular i shoud emphasize on.

All suggestions are most welcome.

I thank you for being tolerant with this long mail.

I hope to hear some advice from you all.

Perin S.

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Peri, since you are new to Java, I would recommend that you read a book other than K&B like Head First Java or some other book of that sort like Java the Complete Reference (skip the chapters which are not in SCJP like GUI). That will give you the insight of Java and also clear your basic doubts. The K&B book is more emphasized on SCJP so sometimes it is difficult to grasp a topic from it when you are reading that topic for the fist time. I would not recommend any particular topics to concentrate on as you are new to Java so every topic is important for you. As far as the mocks go, you can start taking mock exams, but the problem would be that you won't be able to answer the questions related to topics that are covered in the later chapters in K&B so you won't be able to assess your performance well. So I would recommend that you go for Topic wise mocks so that you can assess your performance well. I would also say that you should create a lot of programs which will give you good command over the language. I hope my inputs would help you in some ways...
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