Frankly speaking i think no body answered because trying to prepare in 20 days(say even if you got 10 hrs per day) is stupid
Studying for 20 days and trying to do well on the exam is not a good idea. You might be able to get a score of 90 but definitely i doubt if you will have good grip of the subject. Please understand i am talking from a normal person point of view and will depend on how many hours you put in each day. But definitely 20 days i feel is less.
It will be especially good if you can try most of the examples on the HFSJ book. And yeah HFSJ and mock exams will mostly be enough to get you a score of 90 . I feel that it is always better to spread your prep time over a greater period so that you learn something and not just something for the exam.There is no point in simply collecting certifications
I feel a reasonable period would be 1 month for prep (avg 4-5 hrs per day) 1 week for mock exams and then one more final complete revision
Hope this helps
Please share your preparation strategy as well.
All the best for your preparation and for the exam as well
I 101% agree with Shiva, additional 1% for his really really considerable advise to you!!!
I am a 6+ yrs software professional with 4.5+ yr experience in J2EE but still I am just a SCJP, though preparing good for SCWCD, and soon will be a SCWCD.
YES, there is simply no point in collecting ceritifcates, that's kind a stupid! A couple weeks ago I got a chance to take couple of interviews for a requirement, I was having 4 resumes, one of which had 4 ceritifications. I decided to take his interview first because I was sure that this guy will meet our requirements and I will save time by not doing other interviews. Would you believe I was ashamed with the kind of interview I had with this guy!!!
Here is my sincere advise (if you really are following responses in this post):
Put one month in completing HFSJ with 2-3 hr daily consistent/persistent study. If you spend more time say 6 hr a day there are chances you would forget the concepts soon and certification would become mere a certification and not knowledge.
Put another month in enthuware JWebPlus Mock exams
And there you are... a persistent web component developer and certified too!
Request you to think 10 times before you decide to get certified in 20 days!! In fact 20 days is way-ambititous, rather crazy! Better do an outing of 20 days to South if you are in India and West if you are in US :-)
Also believe me you CANNOT score more than 90% with fast study. More than 90% is possible with constant speed, not fast speed.
Like Shiva said, I would also strongly recommend hands on along with thoery. Otherwise you are learning nothing! You should enjoy two advantages of certification: Knowledge Acquisition and Feeling authentic - 'Certified'.
Please appreciate my and Shiva's such a long response, and do not try doing certification in 20 days pleeease!
BTW, an year is very long... consists of 12 months. You can get 3 certificates with cool pace, what is such a hurry with you! Please share if you dont mind.
ALL THE BEST.
SCWCD 1.4<br />---------------------<br />Ability is what you're capable of. <br />Motivation determines what you do. <br />Attitude determines how well you do it.<br />---------------------