The right way to study?
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Posted By:   Java_Champion
Posted On:   Wednesday, March 14, 2007 07:02 PM

Hi; I have started preparing for the SCJP 1.4 exam. I have read chapters 1 - 9 and have taken very thorough notes ( I filled up a binder ). I am now pondering how to prepare for the exam and I would like to hear people's thoughts about some things I am thinking. To do well on the test the logical choice would be to practice what you are being tested on. Given this, I think the way most people would think to study ...simple memorization of Java rules....will not help much as that is not what is being tested. It seems to me the test is really about testing a person's ability to recognize the rules of Java and violations of the rules of Java, as manifested in examples.    More>>
			

Hi;

I have started preparing for the SCJP 1.4 exam.

I have read chapters 1 - 9 and have taken very thorough notes ( I filled up a binder ).

I am now pondering how to prepare for the exam and I would like to hear people's thoughts about some things I am thinking.

To do well on the test the logical choice would be to practice what you are being tested on.

Given this, I think the way most people would think to study ...simple memorization of Java rules....will not help much as that is not what is being tested.

It seems to me the test is really about testing a person's ability to recognize the rules of Java and violations of the rules of Java, as manifested in examples.

Memorization of the rules will help, but it seems like the bulk of the preparation should be practicing recognizing the rules of Java and violation of those rules.

To this end, quiz questions in the study guide and taking practice exams will help, but these things seem to be in limited supply.

I was thinking that I could write code for each rule that conforms to the rules and violates the rules in as many ways as I can think to write.

I'm hoping this will strengthen my trick question answering ability :-).

Making multiple as well as many derivations of these rules in code could take a massive amount of time.

I'm hoping that this will only be a problem with the first few chapters. It seems like the first two chapters are very, very rule dense and then later chapters should be less time consuming to study.

Do people think that is correct?

What do people think of my appraisal of the exam and how to study for it?

Anyone have any useful tips to add?

I generally do bad at trick question types of tests, so I want to prepare smartly....as well as hard.


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Re: The right way to study?

Posted By:   WarnerJan_Veldhuis  
Posted On:   Thursday, March 15, 2007 03:49 AM

If you make every mock exam mentioned on this page: http://faq.javaranch.com/view?ScjpMockTests, and you have a decent score, then you're all setup to go the real exam. And drink lots of beer and sing lots of karaoke... :)

Re: The right way to study?

Posted By:   Jani_Kaarela  
Posted On:   Thursday, March 15, 2007 02:00 AM


Drinking beer and singing karaoke worked for me. YMMV.

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