Just received my exam report and passed with 86% after a month of studying with an average of approx 1 hour per day.
I used the following resources:
- Kalins JAVA Webservices up and running
A good and not too complicated book to get you started if you're new to the topic, with a lot of example code. It does not (and does not claim to) focus on the exam, so don't expact every objective to be covered.
Overall i would consider it complemental but not mandatory for your studies.
- EPractize Labs Exam Simulator
Apparently the only piece of exam software that really focuses on the new version of the exam. The concept is that you have basic, advanced and rewind sessions that should prepare you for each topic,
each of which associated with a couple of multiple choice questions to verify your results, plus some mock and a final exam simulation. A good concept I think, but overall i considered the content of session material
rather disappointing and not nearly sufficient to give you a broad insight on each topic. There are almost no external references, and especially in the reviews i found it annoying that the explanations why a
particular answer is correct or not sometimes often just rephrased the correct answer (logically equivalent with "B is correct b/c it is the right answer, hence the others are wrong).
Having said this, I still recommend it since on the pro side the questions really very closely mirror the real exam questions and just but memorizing the correct and wrong answers of the 700something questions you
should significantly increase your chances of passing the exam. Since they seam to have a permanent 50% discount, compared with the exam vouchers costs the additional 40$ were well spent in my case.
- Mikalai's notes on SJCWSD5 and OCEJWSD6
I has been mentioned multiple times in this forum and i agree: For lack of a good book that focuses on the exam (i wonder why there's still none around), these are a must unless you have too much time and want to
compile everything yourself based on the myriad specifications related to the exam. Note that you indeed need to study both tutorials (~250 pages in total) since there are complemental. Also note that Mikael also
offers a pdf based quiz that covers the topics of both tutorials for a small reasonable feed, which i also recommend, if only to show your appreciation for the work he put into the free ones. Thanks Michael!
- Ivan Kristian Notes
I read about this alternative tutorial short before the exam was scheduled and was shocked first - not yet another 400+ pages to study! But he included a lot of graphics and code examples, so the 400+ pages rather
feel like, well, 300+ pages. Of course a lot of content is overlapping with Mikaklai's tutorials, but i learned also some new stuff resp. understood some topics better just b/c he explained them in a different way.
So i didn't regret that I spent the last day to walk thru this tutorial, which must've been a lot of work also in terms of layout. Ivan could probably easily sell this as a book to desperate JWSD students, instead
he's giving it away for free, for which I'd like to thank him.
That's it, and while you probably don't achieve 100% with only these reources, it should be more than enough to get you a passing score.
Re the exam, I was relived not to find any questions on JAXR, UDDI and the WSDL 2.0 component model, all of which i more or less skipped. Also for multiple choice questions the correct answer count was displayed
and there were less than 10% of the questions I really considered mean and had to guess (which is probably whethere the missing 14% originate from).