SCJP 6 Attained

Just a quick post to announce that today I went for and got my Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) 6 certification. The exam is actually relatively quite difficult, as it really requires a good understanding of the Java language, and in most cases people rely on their IDE to catch their errors. For this reason, it pays to do a bit of study prior to sitting the exam. In the process of doing my study, I actually wrote up a fairly decent 12 page document that covers the areas where I didn’t understand things well enough. It proved to be a good study guide in my opinion.

If anyone is interested in reading it prior to their SCJP exam, let me know and I’ll polish it up and make it available.

18 thoughts on “SCJP 6 Attained”

  1. Hi Jo!

    first and foremost: Congratulations!

    I’d be interested in the document though i’m not planning to attend to such a exam in the near future…. I’m interested in everything which can extend my java knowledge!


    1. @Tbee: Thanks for the congrats 🙂 It’s been nice being congratulated for being stupid enough to put myself through an exam 🙂

      I think that in the coming weeks I may have news that perhaps, whilst not directly, at least shows that the SCJP is useful.

    1. Hey Jethro,

      It’s been a while since I last heard from you! 🙂 Hope things are well.
      Thanks – yup, my next plan is SCJD, but probably not quite immediately as I have some interesting developments coming up that will probably prove too distracting.

      Catch you later,

  2. Things are very well, I am working at a company which uses Semantic Web technologies, so that’s very nice! I have attained my SCJP almost a year back and I have also gotten my SCJD a few months back. It’s good fun to develop new software from scratch, it just takes a lot of time 🙂 The SCJD forum @ JavaRanch will provide you with lots of information and feedback while you’re doing your SCJD so I suggest you check it out.

    Finally I would like to say that it’s nice to see you have taken over de Swing Links of the Week blog. Keep up the good work.

  3. hi jonathan, congrats. i plan to write SCJP 5 by april. can u suggest reading tips, websites and books that could help.

    obinna henry

    1. Hi Obinna,

      Good luck for your SCJP 5 – hope it goes well 🙂 I’m wondering why you aren’t taking the SCJP 6 however?

      My reading was primarily through the book I mentioned previously in the other SCJP thread. In addition, I purchased the Whizlabs SCJP 6 exam simulator, although I’m not certain I would recommend it again. If you purchase that book, it comes with two practise exams, and a third one is free from the website.

      I would also suggest you run through the SCJP practise exam available on Sun’s training website.

      Finally, when doing a question, if you don’t get it, try copying some of the question text into Google. Often times there is a discussion of the exact question on one of the discussion sites like JavaRanch. These can be very useful.

      Finally, there are my study notes that may be of some interest.

      Also, if you need help, feel free to email me and I will try to help if I can.

      Cheers, and good luck!

  4. @Jethro Borsje: Ah yes, you’re correct. When I thought of wrapper, I was thinking of the design pattern and not the primitive wrapper types 🙂

    Cheers for the clarification.

  5. hi jonathan,
    i have go through your notes.its really planning to write scjp in couple of days.please send me some links for testing my scjp knowledge.

    with warm regards,

  6. Hi Jono,

    I have went through exam objectives for SCJP 6 & I still don’t understand the policy regarding questions with mutliple answers. For instance, if a question has three correct answers & I get only two – what there be a mark I’m allocated according to the number of questions I got right?

    What if off the three correct answers, I get two correct & one incorrect, what will be the final answer then? Do you know the policy regarding this?

    Your assistance in this regard is highly appreciated.


    PS: Congratulations on passing your SCJP 6 exam! & thank you very much for the study guide – it’s very insightful.

    1. Kamo,

      It’s all or nothing, and each question, even if it is composed of multiple answers, is only worth one mark. If you don’t get all parts of the question correct, you don’t get the single mark associated with that that question. Hope that helps.


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