Thanks to all of you for your kind words. I certainly do not consider myself old at all but by IT standards and in the workforce in general there is a very real age factor. I am looking and doing things on a contract basis which is fine with me if I can find the work.
Faiza, you deserve a lot of credit for being a working mother and going for this cert. You will do it! Try to relate things like requests, responses, ServletContext, RequestDispatcher, etc. with methods that would make sense. For example, would it make more sense for a request or response to getHeader/setHeader? What is a ServletContext and what does it represent? How about ServletConfig? What really happens and why in a servlet and JSP lifecycle and why does this make sense? Of course there is memorization but use this rationale and try to code and/or download code from books and then try what if scenarios. What happens if I change this? Does the result come to what I expect? Why or why not? As I said, the JSP DTD and deployment descriptor questions were pretty easy, just some bizarre questions on other things to me.
I just don't think that you should waste a lot of time memorizing. Yes, know the details of DTD and DD but realize that there cannot possibly be that many questions on all the details. Again, on the test that I took, there were many conceptual items. That is why I did not think the test was ridiculously easy as some in the forum seemed to indicate. I consistently got mid 80's and 90's on the simulated tests (except for Cobian's -this was in the 60's).
Mark, your sense of humor is like mine. Evidently they don't hire programmers that old! I am proof of that.
Fei, 48 is a good age I agree. Chintan, my mind and body has not left me yet - I hope to remember things for a while. Madhav, you are correct, determination is the key. Steven, you will have courage, no problem. Thanks for your words of encouragement Ramdhan.
I do not know my next step, possibly the development exam or maybe something that is not Sun related. I am even looking at other businesses - will see what happens.