Friday, July 24, 2009

Best Practices for SUN SCJP Certification Exam Preparation

Preparing for any Sun SCJP Certification is about STUDYING and PRACTICING (practicing code snippets). The two together gives sure shot success in the exam.

For Studying
There are some excellent books for SCJP 5 and SCJP 6 Certification, to get start. In addition to books, explore numerous other resources on the Web.

To begin with:

  • Make yourself familiar with Sun's exam process, objectives, registration etc. See Sun's SCJP page for details.
  • Enrol to a SCJP forum to post questions, and reinforce your own understanding by answering other people's questions.
  • Take as many mock exams as possible. Use these to determine where additional study is needed, and as a guide to when you are ready.

Practice, Practice, and Practice

After you've prepared with appropriate books, browsed through the specifications, read tutorials, articles, and notes, all that's left to do is practice both sample exam questions and codes. Choose programming exercises that help you focus on the exam objectives, and don't avoid the stuff you're afraid of. Better to make mistakes on your own time than in the exam itself.

Discussion forums

Another important piece in the SCJP certification preparation game is to belong to a study-group by enrolling in an online discussion forum. Several broad-based Java forums maintain threads about certification issues, and some are devoted solely to certification. In a forum, you can quiz your peers about their study techniques, learn about some of the lesser-known certification resources, get support when you're stressed about the upcoming exam, and find out how others have fared in the effort to get certified.


  • Khalid Mughal and Rolf Rasmussen's A Programmer's Guide to Java Certification is a great reference for structured learning format.
  • SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065 by Katherine Sierra, Bert Bates
  • Head First Servlets and JSP: Passing the Sun Certified Web Component Developer Exam by Bryan Basham, Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
  • Java Concurrency in Practice by Brian Goetz
  • Discussion forum – Java Ranch, Java Beats, Whizlabs Ask n Answer

Do you have any tips you want to share?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Run Mock Exams Online or Offline on Browser

Whizlabs, one of the oldest Java Certification Exam Preparation company since the year 2000, provides mock tests for Java certification exam preparation.
Recently, about a month ago we launched a new platform of delivering tests to the users. Whizlabs mock test can now be accessed on any Browser (Internet Explorer 6, 7 & 8, Safari, Firefox, and Google Chrome) online or offline.

  • This shift is enormous for the user as now the user can
    Access the tests from anywhere no more tied to the machine (which was not the case in the downloadable version)
  • The reports in the test shows comparison with other fellow test takes (shows Ranks, Percentile score)
  • The tests can be taken Online or Offline on the browser, amazing isn’t it.
  • Any content bugs reported can be taken care by the Whizlabs Team immediately
    and many more such conveniences of online.

Overall the whole interactivity of the exam tool offers a complete package that no book can match.

  • Emulating a practice environment
  • Study notes
  • Real exam Tips and Tricks
  • Discussion group to discuss question or exam related doubts

And that’s not all, every week something new is being introduced to enhance user experience. Like this week we are doing away with trial user registrations. So the trial users will no longer have to give any email/phone or any information for that matter to use the trial product.

Sounds good right what do you say? Do share your comments.