March 25, 2012

SCJP 1.6 preparation

I recently took my certification for SCJP (which is now OCJP) and I cleared it 89%. If you are looking forward to get certified in Core Java I would recommend you to study the SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 by Kathy Sierra. I found this really helpful to understand the concepts in a better way.

One thing which you should be considering before taking the exam is that dont aim for a 100 % score byhearting the answers from dumps. Because dumps may not always help you and Sun/Oracle can always change the questions set. So please do not rely on dumps alone. Another reason is that if you luckily get a 100% you indirectly tell the recruiter who is viewing your resume that you scored only with the help of the dumps. And you also give him a chance of proving his theory right by cross questioning you. I have seen many of my colleagues who recruit people do this.

So get to know the concepts in the best way possible and try relating each of them to a real time example. I would also recommend to watch some videos of the concepts available in youtube. Because, more than reading, visualization has a stronger effect to let you understand them. But there are instances where you may want to know the pattern of the questions that would be appearing on your exam. After your preparation for the exam, try out some mock tests available in the internet which might give you a fair idea about the pattern. Important : There are many versions of exams available. Make sure you are on the right track.
Here I share a material which I went through post preparation and found it highly useful.
SCJP material.

You need to purchase the voucher from any one of the prometric centres like Everonn, NIIT or Sysadmin in the first place. The validity of the voucher depends on the availability of them. I bought a voucher for Rs.5845 from NIIT, Adyar which had a validity of 6 months.

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