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Passed SCWCD with 93%

 
Sathya Srinivasan
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Hi all,
I passed the SCWCD exam today with 93%. Thanks to all the help and hints posted in JavaRanch. It was very useful to kick-start my preparation.
A special thanks to Mifta Khan for his notes. They were EXTREMELY useful for my preparation. I looked at them just before getting into the exam and was able to answer the API questions easily.
While I normally would not advocate reading till the last minute, it is needed for this exam as there are quite a few questions reg. the names of API and deployment descriptor elements.
The exam itself was relatively easy. The closest mock exam that I found was from Anand Chawla (I got 86% in that one). The farthest was from Ken (35%!!).
If you are preparing for the exam, here are some tips.
1. At least write a few JSP pages and Servlets. Nothing beats hands-on experience. You will also be able to answer many questions.
2. The questions were more or less evenly divided on all chapters mentioned. So don't try to leave out anything (roughly 4 questions from each chapter)
3. Read the Design Pattern questions carefully. They can be tricky.
4. At least 1 hour a day and 2 hours on weekends is good for preparation for around 2 months.
5. Take mock exams at equal intervals. Find out the areas in which you are lacking and concentrate on those chapters. This really helped me.
All the best for those who are about to take the exam.
 
Sathya Srinivasan
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Correction:
The mock exam where I got 35% was by Cobian. While the questions were quite interesting, they were not representative of the toughness of the actual test.
 
John Lee
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Congratulations!
 
Fisher Daniel
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Congratulations to you...
daniel
 
Francis Siu
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Good job~~
 
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Congratulations!
 
Sathya Srinivasan
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Thanks for the wishes everyone. This brings me to the next question. Where to from here?
I thought of taking the SCJD/SCEA but am opposed to them for 2 reasons.
1. They are quite expensive ($400/$550)
2. I am not sure they are valuable/challenging.
I took the first two tests because I wanted to prove to myself that I know the basic concepts of Java and J2EE (JSP/Servlet portion). However, I am not sure if I need to take the SCJD/EA exams as I do similar stuff at work.
Your comments on my opinions would be very valuable for me as I may be wrong in my assumptions.
Are there any other useful certifications that are out there which are
1. Challenging
2. Good for resume
Your suggestions please.
 
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