Hello all ranchers,
I just discovered this site about a month ago and I am greatly appreciated the efforts of other ranchers helping each others. I scored a nice 81% which make me really happy.
Some of my tips are:
1. Get a hold of Kathy Sierra's book when it publish in about a month. I was one of the lucky fews who has a chance to "review" her end-of-chapters questions. They are almost exactly the same style as the real exam questions. I won't tell you which one of her questions was on the real exam through. I only have her questions...I could only wonder what would be my scores if I have the whole book.
2. My main source of study is the Mughal & Rasmussen book. That would cover about 70-80% of the materials. You have to find other source on Thread, Collection, and Assertion.
3. I also have the Heller & Roberts book (3rd Ed) but I felt that the book did not have the level of detail required on the exam. You would probably pass but with a low score if you are just using this book as your only source.
4. Do code, and code and code.... Get TextPad or one of the editors out on the web to compile and run your Test.java while editing it.
5. Read the JLS on Threads, Collection, and GC. Those topics are about 15-25% on my test. I also used the Javaranch newsletters to get start on Collection.
6. On Threads, be prepare to identify the object to call notify on and what happen when invoke the sleep, wait, notify....
7. Dan Chisholm exams are very good. Much better than even Practice exams from Sun.
8. Get a hold of Velmurugan Periasamy notes. But please don't read it until you understand the concepts.
9. Marcus Green's exam is a very good indicator of how well you do on the exam. Save his exams for last after you are ready. I got the same score on his mock #1 exam as my real exam.
There are a lot of Thread questions.
I also have the exception question where it display the word "atch" instead of "catch".
Watch the main method signature (public static void main(String  args)). If there are "compilation error" as an option in the answer, look carefully at the syntax of the codes. Sometime, the answer is really compiler error.
There is one short answer question on my exam but the answer is really short one word. Other than those major topics most of the questions are very easy if you prepared....