SCJP Sun Certified Java Programmer 1.6 Tips and Tricks

Saturday, December 13, 2008

This week I took the SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065and cleared it with 73%. The SCJP 1.6 exam is little tricky in that Sun has raised the bar a little to pass the exam, you should get 65% to pass the SCJP 1.6 exam, you will have 72 questions and should answer atleast 65% of them right or atleast 47 right responses.

Ok, why should anyone go for Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) 1.6 exam, the reason varies, if you want to have a career in Java but need a strong foundation then its for you, I took it because I wanted to refresh the latest java features, to master some key OO concepts, assertion mechanisms, object oriented concepts like polymorphism, overloading, inheritance, object serialization, inner classes/nested classes, threading/synchronization, get hands on with new features of java 1.5 and above like Generics, etc, I should say I am quite satisfied with the way it went.

A word of caution though, SCJP 1.6 is not only for beginners of Java programming language but for seasoned Java programmers too, although I knew Java before, but I really learnt a lot from the SCJP 1.6 preparation and you will too realize that once you go through the SCJP 1.6 objectives, it's most likely that it will clear some of the misconceptions may have had in java and will set a firm foundation on Java programming language and its important concepts with its potential use in real world applications.

The following may be some useful tips and tricks for those who are planning to take SCJP 1.6.

1. Reference for SCJP 1.6

The only reading I went through till date for SCJP 1.6 preparation was SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065by Katherine Sierra, Bert Bates, if you grasp the contents in this reading and take the practice tests which includes tricky questions and lucid explanation of answers, you WILL sail through for sure, but make sure that you go through all the chapters even if you are a good java programmer because its likely that you will learn something new in some section of this book, NEVER ignore any sections on reading.

2. Time for preparation

Ideally it will take a month and a half to prepare for the exam including the two practice tests, but if you want to get the best of of the SCJP 1.6, give a couple of months, its not that getting through SCJP which should matter, but its where you take your Java skills through SCJP preparation which really matters, in that case to get the best worth out of it, it may take a couple of months as was the case for me.

3. Key Concepts

The objectives of SCJP 1.6 is to test your skills on Java fundamentals, Object Oriented concepts like polymorphism, overloading, overriding, Generics concepts, Inner classes, Threads and Synchronization, differences between abstract classes & interfaces, packaging, rudimentary concepts like flow control, declarations, etc. However the most important concepts which is likely to stump you would be on sections in

1. Thread Programming and Syncronization
2.
Generics
3. Inner Classes, use of static classes and methods
4. OOPS Concepts like polymorphism
5. Garbage Collection features

One needs to be vary sharp in answering questions in these sections.

Therefore to start with learn simple, fundamental concepts of java like declaration, looping constructs, flow control, etc, then look keenly on the core features of java mentioned above, its likely that every rule you learn on generics, OOPS concepts and other important features of java will be crucial to your success on SCJP 1.6.

4. Practice, Practice, Practice....

Give a months time for going through the contents of the book, learn all chapters page by page, my advice is never give the tests at the end of each chapter till you finish your reading although you may go through the two minute drills in the above reading at the end of each chapter which summarizes the key points for that chapter.

Reserve the second part of the preparation completely on practice tests, go through the individual practice tests at the end of each chapter, learn the key concepts which require additional focus, then take the the sample exams, again the best way to go through the sample exam is to attempt individual questions and then look the answers for them even if they are right or wrong, learning in this way would ensure that you will never forget the key concepts you will be tested on in SCJP 1.6.

Last but not the least repeat your practice tests at the end of the chapter and sample tests, its most likely that you may have some minor mistakes even if you take them twice or more, but the more you learn from mistakes, the stronger you will be on the SCJP 1.6, best of luck!

I will also be blogging on some useful java code and key java concepts for my reference and also for your reading, you will find themselves useful for sure to clear your doubts and learn new concepts, keep visiting :).

59 comments:

Krishna said...

Very nice info.
SCJP 1.6 Questions

Prasanna Seshadri said...

Thanks.

Kanika said...

Thanks for the tips...I am also preparing for SCJP 6...I am reading kathy Sierra But i dont have sample papers.. Can you please help me in this context.

Thanks in advance,
Kanika

Prasanna Seshadri said...

Hi,

Do you have that book, is so it comes with a CD which has a couple of practice tests which should be good enough.

Kanika said...

Thanks for the reply.
I downloaded that book from eSnips.That is why no sample papers :(

Kanika said...

Should I buy that book???
Your suggestion will be highly appreciable :)

Prasanna Seshadri said...

I would recommend so, if you are really focused on SCJP 6.0 preparation, then its worth the money spent, it has chapters which will help you to prepare for SCJD as well (Sun Certified Java Developer), anyways its a valuable reference to have.

Kanika said...

Thanks a lot!!!!

Anonymous said...

thank you very much,i wonder how much time it takes to learn ,how much did you spend every day for studying? (u said 2 months total)

would appriciate an answer
rafi_15@bezeqint.net:)

Prasanna Seshadri said...

Hi,

If you put in daily efforts, I would give two months because preparing is one thing and taking exams is another, some of the questions are really tricky so the more time you spend on practice tests, the better it would be.

However you can take it with a month's preparation if you know the basics of java already.

Murali4U said...

Hi prasana,
Thnx for ur suggestion.
Im new to java, i want to do java certification as per my company needs, should i take scjp java 1.6 directly, i have experience in SAP ABAP field, but i have came across java in my college days..

Prasanna Seshadri said...

es, taking the recent exam will be helpful, but that would also require some preparation, since SCJP 1.6 is little tricky compared to 1.4 and also you will learn many new concepts in 1.6

neeraj said...

i want to do scjp cert.
how much time it will take as i have to start frm the basics? suggest me

Prasanna Seshadri said...

If you are a beginner to java it may take 3 months atleast and I would recommend you to go for SCJP 1.4, else it should take a couple of months.

Brindha said...

Thanks so much for the tips.. I'm planning to write it soon..

Abdul Rashid said...

thanks for tips I am also preparing for scjp

Prasanna Seshadri said...

Best of luck.

Aditya said...

Good Work.
If you want to see more tutorials for SCJP 1.6 visit www.sasanetworking.asia. Drop me a mail if you want at adityapasalapudi+scjp@gmail.com

ARTHA said...

WER CAN I GET THE DUMP OF SCJP 1.6 ...HAVE ANY IDEA
MY ID IS c.arthanari.ece@gmail.com

Anbarasi said...

hai prasanna
Thanks for ur information about scjp 1.6. I am beginner in java.ur tips are very useful for my preparation. u motivated me to secure more marks in scjp.

Prasanna Seshadri said...

Welcome, best of luck.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

can anyone please advice me how to study generics...i really get confused...any tips n tricks!?

prathyusha said...

Hi Prasanna Sheshadri,

I am planning to write SCJP 1.6 certfication.I need ScJP 1.6 by KathySiera book's download links.
Would you please provide the links for download of the book.

Thanks,
Prathyusha

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the info sir, your post is very encouraging.

Jitu said...

Thanks for tips.. I am also preparing for SCJP..

Jitu said...
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Ratheesh said...

I am planning to write SCJP 1.6 certfication.I need ScJP 1.6 by KathySiera book's download links.
Would you please provide the links for download of the book.

thnkxxxxxxxxxxx

my Email ID:justratheesh@gmail.com

suraj said...

hii prasana...i wanna know is it essential to go any centre for preparing SCJP

Prasanna Seshadri said...

Its a personal choice, if you can spend a hour or so everyday, then you can learn by yourself as well.

rameshchandrahasa said...

Hi..i am preparing for SCJP 6...I hav no kathy Sierra But i dont have sample papers.. Can you please help me in this context.pls send pdf for my mail id in advance Thanks...

ram.chandrahasa@gmail.com

Rakesh said...

I am planning to write SCJP 1.6 certfication.I need ScJP 1.6 by KathySiera book's download links.
Would you please provide the links for download of the book.

thnkxxxxxxxxxxx

my Email ID:p.rakesh.dev@gmail.com

Ramesh said...

I am planning to write SCJP 1.6 certfication.now use to prepare the java complete reference book.somebody told me to java complete reference is not good for scjp 1.6 certification exam.so,I need SCJP 1.6 by Kathy Siera book's download links if you have just pass to mail-id thanks.

rameshmva@gmail.com

sivaramakrishnan said...

wher can i get scjp dump for 1.6? if any one know please send to this mail...sivaramakrishnanmail@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

nice info
i am planing for scjp n i confuse from wr shld i start so please tell me

Anonymous said...

can anyone plese tell me how effective the dumps are for giving SCJP

Ashish said...

hi!i attempted and got aroud 75% of the dumps questions correct but when i gave the mock exams given in kathy-siera books` cd i only managed 50-55%..are the kathy-sierra questions difficult than the real exam??i`m really in a hurry to give SCJP due to some personal problems..so if i give it in a few days how much are my chances of passing??i desperately need some guidance..plz help..

Jimmy said...

i am also preparing for scjp, thanx for the tips guys.

vijetha said...

Hi

Very useful information,Am preparing 4 SCJP 6

Khantil Patel said...
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Khantil Patel said...

HEY....thanx buddy..really helped me to prepare for SCJP. keep blogin

Reshma said...

Hi..its nice info and i wanna to take a SCJP cert. test in future i want to know i am mca (correspondence) is it possible for me to get a cert. in scjp x...... and which books is helpful for the test.....please tell me........

Thanks in advance.

Anonymous said...

Very useful tips and info. It motivated me to take the exam. Planning to take in a couple of months! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thankew all of u,I got enough inf. and motivation to go for scjp1.6....
Buut plz tell me where to give the test....inf abt the centers...thanx in advnc>>
mail_id: saini87sukh@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hey Prasanna,

I am already aware with the basic concepts of java and have done decent amount of programming.I thought, may be a month of preparation would be enough to for SCJP exam.What would you advice

indra said...

Awesome tips,
:)

indra said...

hi friend ,
could you help me for how to start to prepare for SCJP?
Which version to select?(1.5 or 1.6)
How many hours to spend in a day(if i am unable to spend full time to prepare)?
OK .
Please repli on my mail, if u gone through my comments.

Prasanna Seshadri said...

That totally depends on your motivation, the time and energy to spend varies for different test takers.

BuelaB said...

Hi Prasana,

Really its good information and motivation for me to take up SCJP1.6

AJ STYLE said...

Thnkx for good Information....

Aman Prakash Mohla said...

Hey I have compiled my notes and some mock questions for SCJP here You may find them useful.

Anonymous said...

Hi, To all
How much would it cost to take up an SCJP 1.6 Exams.

Any information would be appreciable.

Dilip@Java said...

First of all thanks to Prasanna for his valuable tips and effort to share the experience...

Presently I m in Pune and going for the exams, It will cost me 6,500/- Indian rupees..

Priya said...

Hi Prasanna,

Thank you for the post. It was indeed very helpful.

Priya

Rayapudi Akhil said...

hey prasanna bro i am thinking to write this exam i know some concepts in java thorughly as my seniors advice i need certification

so from where i have to study and write the practice tests and need the dump questions also

Daniel Schnell said...

Daniel Schnell,

I am trying to get SCJP certification. I would like to take a class online that specifies on this specification. I tried to look online for a class through Oracle, but I couldn't find anything that is the Maryland or an online class. At the local community college (Harford Community college) they do not have any classes specifically for SCJP certification.
What am I missing? Does anyone have suggestions?

Thanks,
Dan

Prasanna Seshadri said...

@Daniel - The book recommended explains everything clearly with practice exams(even if you are a beginner) and I did so because I used the same to clear the exam and it's a must have for long term reference too.

Pratik Kanade @ p@tsy rule hearts said...

Hi Prasanna bro...
myseff Pratik done MCA frm Pune Univ
wanna persue career in JAVA So
I want to d certification...I am currently brushing up my knowledge through Herbert Schildt...wil purchase Kathy Sierra aftr that
bt i want to knw Which version I shud go for ocjp 1.6 or 1.???? Pls reply

siva krsna said...

what is the difference between scjp 1.4 & 1.6?
I am a beginner and what exam should i write?

Thanks


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