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Passed SCWCD with 98%

 
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I just completed my SCWCD with 98%, getting one answer incorrect. I'm not kicking myself for getting it wrong, because when I saw the question I just didn't know the answer. It was about the usage of tag libraries, so might be the same Q that Vishal missed last week.
This is only my 3rd or 4th post to JavaRanch, so I hadn't fully used this resource for studying. I've been lurking though and reading other people's valuable ideas, thanks
I read both the SCWCD Exam Study Kit and Professional SCWCD, plus the non-API sections of the Servlet and JSP Specs. In hindsight I thoroughly recommend the SCWCD Exam Study Kit. Professional JSP only covers the objectives but misses a lot of stuff that is essential for the real-world. It also seems confused in whether it's for people with a solid background in JSP/Servlets or whether it should introduce topics as if the reader knows nothing. The Exam Study Kit is thorough and informative, and is the way to go!
An observation: There seemed to be a few questions that were extremely similar or identical to the practice exams available on the web..
 
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Congratulations!
 
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Congratulations!
 
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Hi
I want to give SCWCD so what should I refer??
Is it SCWCD material of manning publication by deshmukh???
Or other ???
Pls tell me
 
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Congratulations, Ben. Excellent score.
Please do post your scores here.
 
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Excellent score! Very
Congratulations!
 
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Ben,
Congratulations!
Compare to SCJP, which one looks harder to you?
 
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Congratulations to you...
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Thank you everybody for your kind words

Originally posted by Jimmy Chiu:
Ben,
Congratulations!
Compare to SCJP, which one looks harder to you?


SCJP was the harder one. I studied hard for both of them, and fully used the excellent book by Mughal for SCJP, but it was harder to get the marks in SCJP. The main differences are that SCJP covers a much larger scope, and the questions were longer and more complex (I guess this is necessary to test your understanding of the language fundamentals). In SCWCD the questions were quite succinct, and it's largely a matter of knowing the answer there and then rather than figuring them out with pen and paper.
Despite being easier, although I've been using JSP/Servlets for a couple of years, without specifically studying for this exam I would have had difficulty passing it. There is plenty of content to learn for SCWCD, and thankfully I'm a better developer because of that.
I have a bad habit of making silly mistakes in exams, but avoided that in this test. For each question I read, I worked out the answer where possible BEFORE looking at the available options, then looked for a match with what I had figured out. I had time to go through a second time, and again worked out the answers before checking what option(s) I had previously selected.
 
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Congrats !
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