Sorry i just realized i should have posted this to a different forum (cert results). Trying to delete this but don't know how yet.....
Just took the exam this morning after about 3.5 months of prep work.
First of all, thanks to everyone on this forum topic that shared your results and tips for passing it. It provided great direction as this exam covers so much material, from nit picky syntax to high level understanding.
1)Java Web Services: Up and Running - Martin Kalin (about a month)
Read this book cover to cover (some chapters twice), and executed or wrote a lot of sample code. This gave great hands-on experiences as there are some syntax questions on the exam that are A LOT easier if you write some code.
2) OCEJWSD 6 study notes - Mikalai Zaikin http://java.boot.by/ocewsd6-guide/ (Less than a week)
I briskly went through these notes
3) Version 5 of the exam study notes - Ivan Krizsan http://www.ivankrizsan.se/my-books/ Version 5 of the exam study notes - Mikalai Zaikin http://java.boot.by/scdjws5-guide/ I did not do this
4) OCEJWSD 6 Mock Test - Mikalai Zaikin (about a month)
I spent a lot of preparation with this. Since I didn't actually 'study' while taking this, I went through about 10 questions at a time. I got most of them wrong because, well, they are hard!. I then made 1-3 note cards per question (there are about 160 questions) to later use for study. *In retrospect, I would go back and not spend too much time on the UDDI sections as I didn't see any in depth questions on UDDI on the real or mock exams*.
5) Studied my note cards like crazy until i felt comfortable to start taking the Enthuware mock exams. (about a week)
6) Enthuware OCEJWSD 6 Mock Exam - Question bank created by Fritz Walraven (about 3/4 weeks)
These test are awesome. They get you prepared for what type of questions to expect and the test format. There are 6 practice tests. I failed the first one miserably (40%). Then i would study more, try again, etc. My next test results were 47%, 55%, 71%, 75% and 65%.
(I did retake the first three tests before doing tests 4-6 with all passing marks).
I was very nervous taking the test, as I wasn't getting super high marks on the mock exams, but what the heck.... you got to take it some time! During the exam I was very nervous as there were several questions where I found myself in a 50/50 scenario, so had to make the best guess I could. When I was done I had no idea how well I did. I was certain if I passed, it would be around 65-71%, and I was getting mentally prepared for a failing score. I was more than pleased with 80%.
Again, thanks to all who provided your advice and support to others in this great community. Have a good day and don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions! cheers!