SCJP 1.4

Sun has introduced its new Java Programmer Certification (SCJP) exam (310-035) for Java 2 platform 1.4 since 19 th August 2002. I have had an opportunity to take the beta exam for the same much before it was officially released by Sun. The beta exam had 161 questions and 4 grueling hours to complete it. Fortunately, the real SCJP 1.4 exam consists of 61 questions and 2 hours to answer them. Usually, time is never an issue. The new SCJP 1.4 exam has dropped AWT and IO from its objectives. Instead, the new SCJP 1.4 exam has added few new objectives and it covers few others from the previous SCJP exam (310-025) in greater details. These topics are - (1)Assertions, (2)Collections, (3)Wrapper Classes and (4)Equals and Hash Code. While topic like assertions is completely new, rest of the topics are covered in more details in the new SCJP 1.4 exam. Given below is the compilation of the resources that might be useful while studying for these new topics.

General Resources



Equals & Hash Code

Wrapper classes


Sun Certified Prgrammer for Java 2 - by Kathy Siera. One of the most useful books for the new SCJP 1.4 exam, which covers all the related topics in details with detailed explanation and review questions. A Programmer's Guide to Java Certification (2nd Ed.) - by Khalid Mughal. A revised version for SCJP 1.4, a very comprehensive book with excellent coverage. Includes abridged version of Whizlabs Java Certification (SCJP 1.4) Exam Simulator as well. Excellent choice!

Mock Exams

Whizlabs Java Certification (SCJP 1.4) Exam Simulator (Formerly known as J@Whiz) - A commercial exam simulator and a very useful product indeed. It contains 10 Mock tests having questions from all SCJP 1.4 objectives with a very detailed and good explanation. It also has a timer based quiz that would help in revising the topics on the last day. It can be customized in many ways to take mock tests based on a particular topic or topics, it analyzes the performance and provides a feedback regarding the test. It can really boost your score in the real exam. It's definitely worth its price. I would highly recommend it.
Java Programmer Certification Mock Exam - This book is a collection of exams and detailed answer explanations by Dan Chisholm. The questions, answers and explanations are designed to exercise, test, and expand your knowledge of the topics that are relevant to the Java programmer certification exam. His mocks are tougher than the real exam; they help in understanding the topics quite well.
JCertify - Another commercial mock exam simulator for the SCJP 1.4 exam. Comes with good study material, and customization.
Java Prepare - A good site for Java certification with tutorials, mock exams, FAQs etc.