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Sonalika Kapoor 100%
though i studied really hard- >6 hours/day for atleast 2 monthz but still its not easily digestable. im really not in position to express my feelings.
im currently surrounded with most of my colleauges for grand party which i'd luv to host. thus guys plz excuse me - i'll surely come back and share my experience in details with all of u gr8 friends.
just to summariz my resources for preparation>
# Specs
# Professional JSP and O'rielly Servlets
# Miftak's Notes
# Javaranch Mock Test
# Gr8 discussions at this place
# wishes of my nears and dears
No doubt about the importance of specs and i really liked the simplicity of the specs. Never seen so simplified documents like specifications.
Then the tutorials at sun site is also a great help, specially design patterns. I forgot to mention that i used Sun's practice test but as told by others also, its not at all worth it.
Have been studying Professional JSP and O'rielly since my project time but few topics like security, design patterns are not adequate there. I faced one question about Singleton design patter which was more of intuitive but as suggested by you ppl, reading others like facade helped me being confident at the time of exam.
Followed miftakhs notes for revision and gave Whiz mock tests, which was of gr8 help. I on average scored 90% in the mocks. Also helped by javaranch mock exam.
Before i forget, you ppl need not worry about filters, i dont think none of us has faced any question on this topic, not part of the stated objectives. Also i didnt face any drag n drop question

Javed Aleem 71%

Joe Rossano 88%
I used the following resources to prepare:
Java Servlet Programming, 2ed
JavaServer Pages
Java Servlet 2.3 - Proposed Final Draft 2
JavaServer Pages 1.2 - Proposed Final Draft 2
Sun's $50 Practice Exam

Muhammad Mansoor 83%

Ken Zrobok 79%My study methods were creating web applications and studying the objectives (the notes I provided). I also used the mock exam ($50)

Tom Greisinger 62%

Amanda Waite score unknown

Premkumar Venkatasamy score unknown
If you are just beginning then I will suggest "Core Servlets and Java Server Pages" by Marty Hall. It is a damn good book. After that you have to read Servlets 2.3 & JSP 1.2 specification ( This is a must for experts and beginners ). You can find objectives for this exam from sun's web site. For chapter 13 of objectives, Design patterns, Go to http://developer.java.sun.com/developer/technicalArticles/J2EE/patterns/. That's it.
Regarding exam, the questions are within the scope of objectives only. One place I had trouble was where i had to type in the answer. The question was *********. Two more questions were like this. There were about 5 questions from listners, 4 from design patterns, 6 from web.xml and tld.

James Nuzzi 76%
The exam was more difficult than I anticipated. However, the only resources that I used to study were:
Sun's exam Objectives
The Servlet 2.3 Specifications
The Servlet 2.3 API
The JSP 1.2 Specifications
The JSP 1.2 API
I also used my prior experience with Servlets and JSP.

Rishi Kumar 72%
The exam was more difficult than I taught.
I used Ken's notes. I have experienced JSP for 6 months and Servlet 1 month. This is not enough. Don't think that if you memorize the specs you can get good score

patel sanjay 74%
some tips :
-> I think you must know the DTD very perfect,
as i got around 6 questions(confusing) related to DTD
-> I gor 4 questions about wrting method, or interface (Fieldbox)
-> 4 questions related to design pattern
-> in servlet portion,i think you should be very perfect in API.
-> jsp related questions were not so tough as i thought.There were 5-6 questions related tag taglib
-> mostly questions were very confusing rather than tricky.
I read some chapter from ServletProgramming (Hunter , old edition ) and some JSP tutorial,articles,specification .....
I am having more experience in JSP and less expereince in Servlet

Tariq Dweik 96% * how long did i prepare?
- for about 3 weeks
* what books plus other resources did i use for your preparation?
- 1. Java Servlet Specification Ver. 2.3 (PFD2)
2. JavaServer Pages Specification Ver. 1.2 (PFD2)
3. javasoft.com Tutorials
4. jakarta.apache.org Tutorials
5. BEA WebLogic Documentations
6. Ken Zrobok Notes (Many thanks to him)
7. Professional JSP (Wrox)
* professional experience in JSP/servlets
- about 1 year

An Wang Just passed SCWCD today (74%) in my second try (first 59%).Here're some of my advices:
1) Specs are most important source than any other books. Book content is much wider and you don't need 60% of them if you want to get certified first. Be sure to read the specs at least twice before taking the exam;
2) Remember all the EXACT(even the "-" in tag names) method and element names (type-in questions) in the objectives. For methods, only names (not parameters) are tested;
3) There're about 10 code sample questions on both of my exams;
4) Security and session management, about 4-5 each, Ken's note is quite enough;
5) Threading is the only tricky (maybe not for gurus) part; about 5 questions;
6) Design patterns (4 questions) are relatively easy, be sure to know the situations where each of them should be used. The questions come in 2 types, a) given a business requirement and future enhancement, which pattern is best, b) the advantages of a certain pattern (multiple selections)
7) Tag library elements, there're lots of questions about them;
8) About 5 questions about using JavaBeans

faisal mahmood 81%

Tahir Mansoori 84% It takes only 2 weeks for preperation.
I found Java Server Programming J2EE Edition Volume 1 very useful.
I have done all Questions in 45 minutes.I have found 5 wrong answers in 2nd pass.

Baseer S 68% Follow the objectives closely and you should be fine.

Miftah Khan 98%
Here are my thoughts and lessons-learned:

Study each item in the exam objectives inside-out and you’re guaranteed to at least pass. This exam is definitely easier than the Programmer’s exam.
The Sample Exam: The actual SCWCD exam was MUCH tougher than Sun’s Sample exam that sells for $50. The sample exam, by the way, is a complete waste of money. I was literally chuckling while taking it because of how simple the questions were. The mock exam on JavaRanch was far more challenging. I haven’t tried Whizlabs, but I hear it’s very good also. So my advice to you is don’t waste your money on Sun’s sample exam.
Design Patterns: The only good thing I got out of Sun’s sample exam is that it referred to a few design patterns that were not listed in the exam objectives, so I was prepared when they appeared again in the real exam. The extraneous design patterns I found are: Factory, Front Component, Fa�ade, Session Entity Fa�ade, Singleton, Bimodal Data Access, and Template Method.
Tag Element Names: Make sure you know tag elements very well including any dashes in their names and their hierarchy.
API: Make sure to know the methods available to the different scopes (Request, Session, ServletContext) and to GenericServlet and HttpServlet. In other words, study the API.
Books: I used the following two books.
(a) O’Reilly’s “Java Servlet Programming” (ISBN 0596000405): Java Servlet Programming is an excellent book. It covers all the required topics, including Servlet API 2.3’s new features, in great depth and with extensive examples. A warning though: it’s not an ideal study guide, not like Sybex’s “Complete Java 2 Certification Study Guide”. Sometimes the book gets too detailed and caught up in one topic, and you have to know when to move on to the next topic. This is more of a reference book, but one that I expect to be using long after my SCWCD exam.
(b) O’Reilly’s “Java Server Pages” (ISBN 156592746X): This book also covers all the JSP-related exam objectives. However, I wouldn’t recommend it. A large portion of it is intended for non-java-programmers, i.e. html developers and scripters. And it leverages far too many of O’Reilly’s custom action elements and spends too many pages using and explaining them. I think it would’ve been more useful to introduce tags from the Jakarta Taglibs project or the Apache Struts Framework project, both of which have strong open-source community support. The book did, however, cover the topic of custom tag development and usage extremely well.
Study Notes: While reading the above books, I prepared some study notes. I used these to refresh my memory several hours before the exam. In case anyone is interested, I’ve placed them at http://www.javaranch.com/carl/scwcd/servlet_study_guide.rtf and http://www.javaranch.com/carl/scwcd/jsp_study_guide.rtf . I must warn you though, they are somewhat detailed, and in a bit of a small font (I wanted to fit them in as few pages as possible, while still being able to read them). Also note that servlet_study_guide.rtf is numbered as per the exam objectives, while jsp_study_guide.rtf is not.

Mangesh Apte 93%.
Most of the material I used for preparation has already been mentioned in this forum.
- Java Servlet Programming by Jason Hunter, William Crawford (O'Reilly)
- Prof. Java Server Programming, J2EE Edition (Wrox)
- Scanned couple of chapters from Prof. JSP (Wrox) and JSP by Hans Bergsten (O'Reilly) real quick
- Servlet 2.3, JSP 1.2 specs and JSP 1.2 Syntax card
- Miftah Khan's notes
- Ken Zrobok's notes
- O'Reilly's Listener tutorial
- Sun's JSP Custom Tag tutorial
- J2EE Patterns Catalog

nitin shar 84 %Things which I followed were
1.Servlet 2.3 and JSP 1.2 specification
2.Took help of Tomcat 4.0 to look at the APIs
3 JSP1.2 Syntax card
4.Studied listener from APIs in tomcat and read JavaOne article
5.studied Pattern catalog from sun site for design patterns
6 Studied some topics for JSP from Professional JSP(Wrox)
7Used JWEBPlus for test.

George King 94%
Like most of the successful people i followed the following resources:
JSP and Servlets Specs (unbeatable resource)
O'rielly books (thanks to authors)
Ken's Notes (thanks ken )
Miftahk notes (good job man)
Java ranch mock exam (its still to grow, great efforst carl, keep it up: the links page is really one of its kind in its present form)
SCWCD@Whiz (thanks to the whizteam, the accompanied Quiz is really innovative)

vencat raman 71%

Suman, Ganesh 89%.
think the Servlet Specifications 2.3 and JSP Specs (1.2) are enough to understand the concepts and prepare for the exam.
I also liked and used the book rofessional Java Server Programming J2EE Edition.
The the notes from various people on this site (Ken Zrobok Notes, Miftah Khan's Servlet and JSP notes )were of great help too.

Don Liu 81% I was working on these things:
Servlet and Jsp spec;
Wrox book;
Ken's note;
Miftah's note;
Sun mock exam ($50);
Javaranch mock exam;

Nikhat Jahan A 89%
1. It is much simpler than SCJP. Since I gave SCJP just a couple of weeks ago and I was able to compare the toughness.
2. Time is sufficient. Unlike SCJP there were no questions that required any code walk kind of thing. Either you know the answer or you don't. There is nothing much to think hard.
3. For people who are already working in JSP/Servlet as I am, it should be pretty easy.
4. REMEMBER and GO THROUGH the APIs for all the classes/packages. I couldn't answer a couple of questions on ServletContextListener. I never thought they would ask such less used features. I was wrong.
5. I used JSP/Servlet specification which was very useful. I also used jwebplus which is toooo close to the real exam.

Velmurugan Periasamy 96%.
1. For the past year I've been working with Servlet/JSP's mostly with Tomcat 3.2.x and Sybase EAServer 3.6.1. For the certification I installed Tomcat 4.0 beta 7 and it helped a lot.
2. Read Core Servlets/JSP by Marty Hall. (Good book/examples)
3. Read Jason Hunter's Servlet book, 2nd Ed. (Real classic)
4. Read Servlet/JSP specs whenever I felt the need. (Ultimate source)
3. Read Miftahkhan's notes. (Very very good notes, concise and to the point, Thank you very much)
4. Read Ken's notes. (Nice notes, thanks)
5. Read Michell's notes. (Good, short notes, thanks)
6. Practiced with JWebPlus. (Very good collection of questions, closely resembles the real test, good confidence boost - thanks.)
7. JavaRanch mock exam helped. (thanks)

KevinP Davis Thanks especially to Miftah, Ken, and Michelle for providing study materials. I used their notes for a solid week of review (I had previous project experience with the topic matter), and successfully passed the exam.

John Stingo 86%.
I read the servlets 2.3 and (most of) the jsp 1.2 specifications. The servlets specification in particular is an extremely well-written document and I highly recommend it. In my opinion you do not need to read all of the jsp specs. Buy yourself a book and grab the jsp 1.2 card instead. I used the "core servlets and java server pages" for this. It uses the jsp 1.1 specs, but most of it is still applicable in jsp 1.2.
I installed tomcat 4.0 and jbuilder personal (free) and did some tests with servlets/jsp. I was very satisfied using both to prepare for the test.
I read Mifta Khan's notes. These are a great consolidation of ALOT of material. Thanks!
I took the mock exam at javaranch. Liked it, especially for the price! Then I bought the test simulator from whizlabs

Ahsan Jamil 83%
Paper was not too easy. specially ,ppl should have strong Design pattern for good score.
& DTDs & Taglib also important.

Allan Moster 73%.If you're like me who hates reading wordy textbooks (english is my second language), then getting JWEB+ or Jwhiz is your best bet. I have both. These mocks plus the two specs (which by the way were surprisingly easy to read) did it for me. I prepared for two weeks by doing these mocks for 2-3 hours. Miftah's and Ken's study notes gave me a headstart. I particularly like the outlined style of MiftahJWebPlus + SCWCD@whiz + Specs + Javaranch = SCWCD

Adithya Rayaprolu 89%
The distribution of questions is more or less the same as Velmurugan described. I used SCWCD@Whiz for my practice

Bal Sharma 62%
I joined java ranch September 19, 2001.
Took Java Ranch mock (don’t remember date)
Bought SCWJ on Oct 18, 2001.
Read jsp, servlet specification, and Mitefh notes.
Took test on Oct 29, 10.30 am.
Certified SCWDC at 12.01 Noon October 29, 2001 (Getting only 37 questions right).

tom chu 81%

anand chawla 67 %
Javaranch,miftah khan,Ken and Pradeep..

Marcos Maia 77%
I�ve used to study the servlet and jsp specifications and Professional JSP 2�edition that I recommend because it covers the new specifications and has lots of examples on filters, listeners, etc.

Eduardo Cobian 94%
For me it has been the same (same score on both 94%).
I have studied Core Servlets and JSP it is outdated but not bad book.Then I read the guys notes (Ken, Miftah,...) but I felt that I needed more so I studied the specifications more or less deeply.They are very well explained. And last I bought Advanced Javaserver pages.Incredible book.It is not just the usual here you have the classes and methods you will see what you do with this.It covers professional programming like Front controller,object facade, creating flowlayouts like with java awt,deep insight of custom tags (but only upto jsp 1.1).
And of course practise.I used tomcat 3.2.3 as tomcat 4.0 doesn't seem so easy to run (I copied the same directory I was using in 3.2.3 to 4.0 and nothing worked).
Don't be afraid of the test, just study hard

Gagan Indus 91%
I used the regular resources :
- Servlet-Spec { A++ }
- JSP-Spec { A+ }
- JSP-reference { A++ }
- Servlet/JSP API-DOC { A+ }
- Java Server prog , J2ee ed , wrox publications ( chap 7 to 11 ) { A }
- Velmurugan Notes ( basically Miftah Khan's + Michelle's Notes ) { A++ }
- Ken's Notes { A }
- My own note's diary { B-- ! lol }

Mock exams i given :
-Eduardo Cobian mock ( difficult than original thing , i got 50% just 4 dayz bfore the exam !! )
-JavaRanch's mock ( easier than the original exam )
-Sun's sample q ( too easy )

chris kelly 93%
I went through
all of the Servlet API 2.3 spec in conjunction with Jason Hunter's 'Servlet Programming' (2nd Edition). I went through all the pertinent examples using Tomcat 4, customizing them until I understood all behaviour of servlets.
For JSPs I used the JSP 1.2 spec in conjunction with 'Core Servlets and JSPS'. Although this book was only JSP 1.1 compliant, the changes I had to remember for JSP 1.2 enforced my understanding. I also went through the first couple of chapters of 'Advanced Java Server Pages' by David Geary for his discussion on custom tags. I again went through numerous examples using Tomcat 4. I think this helped me to remember a lot about the deployment descriptors and tag library descriptors.
I was fairly confident by the time I purchased some mock exams.
I used JWebPlus and was averaging about 95% for each mock test.
Again I think this was done to the multitude of examples I went through.

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Hi Ersin,
I appreciate the effort! But how can you miss the wonderful lady Sonalika Kapoor who passed with 100%
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done. { This is not a complete list, but I hope it helps }
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Hi Ram Dhan! you might want to reread ersin's post, Sonalika's on top of the list.
Anyway great job here ersin! Thanks for making our lives a bit easier.
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Is it Judgement day yet ?
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Thanks Erisin, it's really good work to compile this big list
Keep up the good work
Best regards
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Excellent job done Ersin! Can u do another thing for us? Can u count how many people posted in JavaRanch that they have passed SCWCD? A thread was started a few weeks ago counting who r SCWCD....but all did not participate in that thread....hope others will find that post and keep that updated regularly....
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Hey ranchers,
I feel great to be back at this place. Even now i am heavily tied up with work.. lot of dead lines..
Ersin, good job.. it will be of some help to people at this great place.
Will write more
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Actually There are 120+ people who passed , But I really did not have a time to go thru all of them But I will
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Nice info Ersin. But 120+ reported in JavaRanch or 120+ reported from Sun (that means whole world so far? )...
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Great Effort Ersin!
I'll book mark this for the future (2 mths away for me??) This kind of thing makes me wonder about a new section for Java Ranch where the collected advice and insights from selected people from all Certs (SCJP SCJD XML SCWCD SCEA etc etc) could be gathered into one section? It could be kept pretty static - maybe updated once every couple of months or so?
just my 2p...
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