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Passed SCWCD upgrade (310-084) 92%

 
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This morning I passed the upgrade from SCWCD 1.4 to 5.
The test was 50 questions in 2 1/2 hours, more that enough time.
More design patterns than I expected (10-15%). As I read here, deployment descriptors and EL were definitely emphasized.
I mostly used "HFSJ 2nd ed", "SCWCD Study Companion" by Lyons, and Marcus Greens' web site.
If you have the time to read both books, I suggest HFSJ first and Lyons second. I found HFSJ is good at getting the basic ideas (the dumb Kung Fu movie stills helped me nail the choose-when-otherwise syntax), and then I had enough context to hang the details in Lyons. Lyons is very good and very complete.

Thanks to all the authors.
 
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Congrats.
Just curious, Do they give Paper copy Certificate for Upgrade exam too?
(same like SCWCD main exam)
 
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Congratulations John, and thanks for info.
I studied for 1.4 with specs, HF, Marcus Green, but never took text.
I found HF 1.4 difficult, want , will try Lyons, for new test.

Originally posted by John Donoghue:
This morning I passed the upgrade from SCWCD 1.4 to 5.
The test was 50 questions in 2 1/2 hours, more that enough time.
More design patterns than I expected (10-15%). As I read here, deployment descriptors and EL were definitely emphasized.
I mostly used "HFSJ 2nd ed", "SCWCD Study Companion" by Lyons, and Marcus Greens' web site.
If you have the time to read both books, I suggest HFSJ first and Lyons second. I found HFSJ is good at getting the basic ideas (the dumb Kung Fu movie stills helped me nail the choose-when-otherwise syntax), and then I had enough context to hang the details in Lyons. Lyons is very good and very complete.

Thanks to all the authors.

 
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Originally posted by Vishal Matere:
Just curious, Do they give Paper copy Certificate for Upgrade exam too?
(same like SCWCD main exam)



I sure hope so! I've got the frame ready and a nail in the wall.
This is the only upgrade test I've done. It will take a few weeks for the official certification stuff to arrive. I'll post something when it arrives.
 
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Originally posted by Mitch Miller:
I found HF 1.4 difficult, will try Lyons, for new test.



Don't be put off by the fact that the Lyons book has "1.4" in its title. The exam objectives are the same. I thought it covered the version 5 material very well.

Good Luck!
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Congratulations on passing and I'm glad you found my book helpful!

Don't be put off by the fact that the Lyons book has "1.4" in its title. The exam objectives are the same. I thought it covered the version 5 material very well.

In fact we updated the title to avoid the confusion, so now it says SCWCD Java EE 5 - it's all the same content, just a modified title on the cover! A lot of places have updated the title (Amazons in particular), though some are lagging behind... Thanks for the mention!
 
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Congratulations Man,
I am also preparing for SCWCD 5, I cleared SCJP1.4 in August 1, 2007. Now, I want to appear for it at the end of this week. Kindly, guide me for scoring good marks in SCWCD 5.
 
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Originally posted by John Donoghue:

It will take a few weeks for the official certification stuff to arrive. I'll post something when it arrives.


The certificate arrived today (yesterday, actually, I didn't get the mail until today).
It simply says SCWCD for version 5. No indication one way or another about the upgrade exam. This makes sense, because the certification guidelines say something to the effect of passing the new test or passing the old test and passing the upgrade.


 
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Congrats man
 
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Congratulations!

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Congrats!!
 
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congrats!
 
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Congratulations!
 
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Congratulations John Donoghue
 
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