Erin Goettl

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Oh ok. Thanks!!
17 years ago
So I passed the SCJP 1.4 last month and I got my actual certificate from Sun yesterday. Except that it doesn't have a Sun Certified seal on it and everyone at work who is certified has a seal on their certificate. What's up with that? Are they just not doing the seal anymore?
17 years ago
I just used the same book you did -- K&B -- and took as many free online mock exams that I could and got a 93%. I'd say the book combined with free online mock exams (Dan Chisholm has free ones onlines, as does Marcus Green) are enough to pass the exam.
What did you do to study for the exam? What book(s) did you use if any?
17 years ago
In the eighties they used to have those shoelaces that looked like a coil and you would just wrap those together -- those puppies would NEVER come untied unless you really wanted them to.
17 years ago
I would also like to see Struts and JSF as separate forums. However, where would you put a question on using JSF WITH Struts?
17 years ago
javaranch rounds up 3 tests -- should be getting close to 100% on these every time -- these are easier than the actual exam

SCJP book Learnkey CD test by serry bates -- fairly close to the real exam (as are the quizzes at the end of the chapters in that book)
The Marcus Green tests are the tests that I found to be closest to the actual exam. I took the second test the night before my exam and didn't count the questions that would have been on the 1.2 exam and not on the 1.4 exam and got an 88% on the practice test then got a 93% on the actual exam.
Congratulations!!!
17 years ago
Thanks Bert and Marcus! Bert, I thoroughly enjoyed yours and Kathy's book -- not only was I learning, but I was entertained! It kept me wanting to read more. Marcus, your site helped a lot while I was studying for the exam! Thanks a bunch!
17 years ago
I started off by reading the book Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027) by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates. You can find this book at Amazon through the following link:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0072226846/qid=1104248393/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/002-5072318-0647209?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
After reading each chapter, I took each quiz at the end of the chapter. After that, I skimmed through the book again making some flashcards. Then I began studying online -- taking as many mock exams as I could find. I also read over Dan Chisolms notes/tutorials that he has online and took some of his mock exams. I read information online that I wasn't fully understanding so I could get a different perspective on things. I also spent a lot of time on javaranch soaking up as much knowledge as I could. Then about a week and half before the exam, I re-read the K&B book again to rehash everything I had learned. I took the quizzes at the end of the chapters again, and took the quizzes provided on the CD that accompanies the book. The night before the exam, I took Marcus Green's Mock Exam #2 (1.2 version, just skipped the questions that would be on the 1.2 exam and not on the 1.4 exam). I scored an 88% on that, and then looked over some notes for the rest of the evening. The next day I scored a 93% on my actual exam.

Looking over all this, I'm sure I could have passed with less preparation, but I wanted to go in KNOWING that I would pass. Hope this helps you out!