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passed SCWCD(old version) with 88%. What would you do if you were me?

 
karolos ignatiadis
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I gave the exam on Friday and I cleared it with 88%. I didn't manage to score as high as I did with SCJP1.4(93%) but still it is a good result for me as I usually scored only 80%-82% in the mock exams. Also I was preparing for the IBM XML at the same time with SCWCD.

Here is the masterplan:

PHASE 1: Learning
1. SCWCD Exam Study Kit, Hanumant Deshmukh, Jignesh Malavia, Jacquelyn Carter
2. Revision Questions from SCWCD Exam Study Kit
3. Revision Notes (see relevant JavaRanch links)
4. Practicing code specimens(plenty in CD-ROM that comes with SCWCD Exam Study Kit) with Apache Tomcat
5. Copying and pasting the most important DTD elements in a single page(e.g <servlet>....</servlet> etc
6. Same as 4. for the most important functions(just signatures)
7. Creation of many (I mean MANY) flashcards

PHASE 2: Exam Training
1. Free Mock Exams(see latest JavaRanch links)
2. Sybex Java-2 Web Developer Certification Study Guide revision questions, assessment test and practice exam(no chapter reading at all)
3. JWebPlus
4. Creation of many flashcards from this phase also

PHASE 3: Revision
1. Revision with Flashcards to refresh concepts
2. I planned to go through all exams in JWebPlus but I only had time to go through the ones I scored the least
3. Revision of all concepts by going through SCWCD Exam Study Kit again(took 2 whole days) and then going through the Exam Quick Prep provided by SCWCD Exam Study Kit many times

The exam was more difficult than I expected and although I was very good at the Structure and Deployment of the Modern Servlet Web Applications I only scored 50% there!!In the rest I got 100% except from JavaBeans, Design Patterns and Session Management were I got 80%, 75% and 75% respectively.

Going back I think I could have scored more if I practiced more with code, making more examples by myself and see how they work. Code practicing is crucial if you want a very high score. IBM XML is the one to blame here for not having much time for that!!

I would like to thank all the kind and sharing people of JavaRanch, especially Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates for being an inspiration on Java for me. The only reason I didn't get 93% as I did in SCJP1.4 I think is also because I didn't use one of their fabulous books!!I will definitely look for a book for SCBCD from these authors if there is one!!

I wish to share too if that's possible, I haven't share much so far and I know I'll probably go to hell for that!!I have many flashcards for the SCJP1.4 in a word document and I would like to post them in a shared area in JavaRanch or any other available web space. I can also email them to anyone who's interested. Any suggestions welcome.

Know I am not sure of what I want to do next. I have very ambitious plans for CIW JavaScript, Oracle PL/SQL, SCBCD, CIW UML, Websphere or Weblogic, C#, CIW Perl, .NET, Delphi and Flash but obviously I cannot do them all in this lifetime so I have to stick to about 4-5 certifications given that I am already a SCJP1.4, SCWCD and I passed the 1Z0-007 Oracle 9i SQL exam. I was thinkig of doing JavaScript, PL/SQL, SCBCD, Websphere or Weblogic(which is best and is it possible at all by self-studying???)and UML. And if there is still any energy at all in my poor flesh after all of them, possible CIW Perl. Please help, give me some pointers here if you can...

Thank you all!

 
Gian Franco
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Hi,

Congratulations , and thanks for sharing your
study plan.

BTW, did you use a tool to make your flashcards? I'm looking
for one myself.

Cheers,

Gian Franco
 
karolos ignatiadis
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Thank you very much Gian and sorry for the delay in my response. I am just back from holidays and badly sunburned too!!

I didn't use any flashcards creation tool (just the plain old paper type), although I think that Academic Flashcards 3.0 should be a good tool for that purpose, but it's only Shareware and the license expires after 30 days(http://www.tucows.com/preview/202849.html).

By the way has anyone watched the Euro 2004 match today?

Greece 1 - France 0 Hehehehehehehehehe
 
Gian Franco
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Hi


Greece 1 - France 0 Hehehehehehehehehe


congratulations for that one as well:

ELLADARA ISE MIA, FERTE MAS KE TI GALLIA!!!

Ciao,

Gian Franco
 
karolos ignatiadis
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EINAI TRELOS, EINAI TRELOS O GERMANOS EINAI TRELOS!!!

ANTE KAI ME TO TROPAIO!!!

Karolos

 
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Congrats

How much time did you take for your preparations altogether?
 
Gian Franco
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Σήκωσέ το, το τιμημένο, δεν μπορώ, δεν μπορώ να περιμένω

Cheers,

Gian Franco
 
karolos ignatiadis
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As far as I can remember I started preparing for both SCWCD and IBM XML and Related technologies in early March. I am now in the final stages of preparation for the IBM XML exam. Therefore I can say that the whole preparation period for the SCWCD should have been about two months (more time has been devoted to IBM XML up to the date of SCWCD examination).

Also I can honestly say that my CV has received much more attention since the SCWCD entry and I can hardly find time for job interviews! The certification thing certainly attracts employers and headhunters!

But those things are not important, what's important is that GREECE IS EURO 2004 CHAMPIONS ON 4TH JULY, THE KINGS OF EUROPE!!!

WHOO-HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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