y'day, I passed SCJP with 85%. Initially I was in a tensed mood and the questions that came initially were very long and needed time to understand. From the feedbacks of many SCJP-eans, I really did not want one set of papers which contain Media tracker, Socket, and append method in String. the 2nd question I got was the one which contained append method in String. at that time I thought, if we pray 'it should not come, it should not come.. it should not come ' then it will come
.What to do?(anyway, it was not bad!!
as many SCJP-eans suggested, I assumed that String has append method and answered accordingly. As every one already given feedback abt the type of questions, I am also voting in favour of them. The questions were to test basics of Java They tested mostly the concepts rather than the memory power
Here are the rough numbers
overloading/overriding -- 8
operators & assignments -- 8
declaration and access control -- 8
java.awt -- 5
java.lang -- 5
java.util -- 4
language fundamentals --10
flow control and exception -- 6
gc -- 2
thread -- 3
I took 1.30 hours to complete.. 1/2 hour was more than enough to review all the questions. During review i was able to correct '2 answers'
. If we make mistakes to known answers mistakenly, then it is BAD
.So please don't forget to Review.
Regarding the book, I studied RHE and EXAM CRAM. both are good. to be frank, I didn't even completely read those books once. but I prepared like anything for the last 3 days before the exam using those books. I took many mock exams which are listed in Maha's site. they were very useful.. Many thanks to maha <url> www.javaranch.com/maha
</url> (I am proud to be her college mate, I am from CEG, 97 batch, EEE, ANNA UNIV, Chennai. )
I prepared for almost 3 to 4 months. I am working in mainframes side and I couldn't study regularly, as I needed to do my work also. But for the last 2 months I put lot of hard work and especially studied very hard for the last 3 days..
I used to score around 70% to 80% in many of the mocks that I tried. I used to take up notes whenever I made a mistake in mock exams. I compiled them and it was very helpful. Just one day before the real exam, I took RHE, BILLs, Marcus Greens all 3 exams..(totally 5 full exams in one day!!) on an average I scored around 85%.(that is what my final score also).
This exam has given me confidance and faith in me.(I discovered myself after a gap of 3 yrs!! really!!)(u know, after the exam was over, and knowing the result, I was so happy and came to the car , put some junk song with full volume and allowed my mind to dance out of java for the first time after so many days!!
really needed isn't?
I am going to put all my notes in my web page in another day or two. I will update this as soon as it is done..
Good luk all of u!! and thank you very much JavaRanch!! I will keep visiting JavaRanch..
[This message has been edited by Baskaran Subramani (edited September 12, 2000).]