I just passed the SCWCD yesterday with 84%. I used mostly: -More Servlets and Java Server Pages -JWebPlus And less so: -Study guides linked from Java Ranch -Servlet/JSP spec More Servlets & JSP is a fine book and I think it covers all of the concepts and most of the info that one needs, but I can't help but think that it could be structured better. My impression of JWebPlus while I was studying was that they included a lot of filler questions and didn't work at coming up with good questions. After taking the exam, however, I realized that JWebPlus does an excellent job of simulating the questions. Many of the questions on the real exam, in fact, seemed to be identical to JWebPlus questions. I guess I expected the real exam to have more difficult/better questions than it did. In retrospect, JWebPlus was invaluable. For design patterns, though, I felt it came up short: the questions I got on the exam for this topic were much different than those in JWebPlus. I wish they could get a copy editor and fix all of the grammatical and spelling errors, though :-). My breakdown: The Servlet Model: 100% The Structure and Deployment of Modern Servlet Web Applications: 100% The Servlet Container Model: 100% Designing and Developing Servlets to Handle Server-side Expectations: 66% Designing and Developing Servlets Using Session Management: 75% Designing and Developing Secure Web Applications: 100% Designing and Developing Thread-safe Servlets: 66% The JSP Model: 87% Designing and Developing Reusable Web Components: 100% Designing and Developing JSPs Using JavaBeans: 60% Designing and Developing Using Custom Tags: 66% Designing and Developing A Custom Tag Library: 87% Design Patterns for Web Applications: 75% Oh- I also had the survey at the start of the exam that I've heard others complain about on this forum. I didn't think it was a big deal and it took me less than five minutes to complete. If you're someone who's stressed out about surveys or you don't want to take the time, I'm sure that it's OK to simply choose option A for all questions: it should take less than a minute then :-). -Kevin SCJP SCWCD
great job kevin! i'll be taking the exam later this month. i'm curious to know how you scored with JWeb+ and how long you prepared for the exam. also, what resource do you recommend for studying design patterns ? thanks, -PP - SCJP
Hi Kevin, I would like to know how many questions you got from Custom tags/Tag libraries. Umair( in his advice on challenging SCWCD) says that his friends got 8 and other got ~15 questions from the above chapters. Thanks J.Reddi SCJP
i'm curious to know how you scored with JWeb+ and how long you prepared for the exam.
I'd been studying haphazardly for about six weeks, which includes reading the book, playing with Tomcat, etc. I don't remember my exact scores with JWebPlus but I got scores ranging from 47% to 85% on the first time through and I made sure that I understood all of my mistakes after each exam.
also, what resource do you recommend for studying design patterns ?
I read a tiny bit of discussion here on JavaRanch and I looked briefly at the Sun documents (I didn't even read them all). I was very confident (mistakenly so) that I understood which patterns I would see on the exam and which aspects Sun would care about. I ended up with 3/4 on this section, but I was very unsure about the answers here and I expected to get more wrong while I was taking the test.
I would like to know how many questions you got from Custom tags/Tag libraries.
I believe that I had a total of nine questions in those two categories. Overall, I got 50/59, so I can deduce the number of questions per section (assuming no partial credit) to be as follows: Designing and Developing Servlets to Handle Server-side Expectations: 66% => 3 questions Designing and Developing Servlets Using Session Management: 75% => 4 questions Designing and Developing Thread-safe Servlets: 66% => 3 questions The JSP Model: 87% => 6 questions Designing and Developing JSPs Using JavaBeans: 60% => 5 questions (2 wrong) Designing and Developing Using Custom Tags: 66% => 3 questions Designing and Developing A Custom Tag Library: 87% => 6 qusetions Design Patterns for Web Applications: 75% => 4 questions With a total of 25 more in the following sections: The Servlet Model: 100% The Structure and Deployment of Modern Servlet Web Applications: 100% The Servlet Container Model: 100% Designing and Developing Secure Web Applications: 100% Designing and Developing Reusable Web Components: 100%
Congratulations for your success and thanks a lot for the appreciation and feedback on JWebPlus. While working on the book for SCWCD we recently cleaned up all the questions of JWebPlus including Design Patterns. Hopefully, they will be more useful for people now.
I took the test May 9 and passed with a 77% but I have not stopped using JWebPlus. I try to take a practice test once a week so that I keep the knowledge from twindling away in never never land. I currently unemployed and looking for work and every interview I have been on save one has given me an exam as part of the interview process.
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