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SCWCD FAQ   

If my question isn't answered in this FAQ, where can I find more help?
You can ask any questions about the SCWCD exam in the JavaRanch SCWCD discussion forum

What's different from SCWCD 1.4 and 5?
The two versions have the same objectives. Read Bryan Basham's comment on the subject here.

Is there a book for version 5?
Again, version 5 has the same objectives as version 1.4, so every book that covers 1.4 is good for version 5 as well.

Where can I find....?
ScwcdLinks has everything. Add it to the favorites in your browser.

What is the best book for SCWCD?
We recommend that you review the stories of the folks that already passed. There is a great list of stories on the ScwcdWallOfFame where passers of the exam share what study materials they used and what they thought of those resources. This is a great way to find out what book and other study resources will be best for your style of learning and level of experience.

I've heard about extra questions at the 1.4 exam. Is it true?
Yes, Sun has added some extra questions in the exam recently to do some analysis. The exam is made of 69 marked questions + 11 unmarked questions used by Sun. Your score will be calculated as usual, using 69 marked questions. The exam is 2h15min + 40min (for the unmarked questions). You cannot tell which questions are taken into account for your score.

How many days of preparation do I need?
It depends on your experience, discipline, and risk tolerance. You will become a better judge of this as you work your way towards the exam. Most people feel ready when they get 80% or so on mock exams. Trust us, you'll know when you're ready. Ok, ok, fine - most people study for 4-6 weeks. Maybe you can get get a better idea by reading the stories on the ScwcdWallOfFame.

What is the cost of the exam?
In the US it's $300.00. For other countries, please contact your local Sun office

Where can I buy an exam voucher?
For USA, buy it from the Sun site, just like you did for your SCJP voucher. India Other Countries

How do I schedule my exam?
Visit the Prometric website

If I fail or barely pass, can I retake the exam?
Yes. You will need to buy another voucher and, according to Sun's policy, wait at least two weeks before taking the exam again.

How important are the scores?
The SCWCD certificate does not show the score. It merely says that you "fulfilled all requirements as a SCWCD for the Java TM 2 Enterprise Edition Platform". However, a nice percentage can look good on a resume. There are also unconfirmed rumors that a high percentage will increase your confidence around members of the opposite gender.

What is the best way to prepare for the SCWCD exam?
Review the SCWCD Objectives. Buy a book or two and follow a few tutorials. Skim through the Servlet and JSP specs. Participate in the SCWCD forum. Ask questions and try to answer questions posted by other ranchers. Get a feel for your strong and weak areas. Get inspired. Pay attention to the shared experiences and valuable tips! You can also use the Search facility to find relevant messages. The Search link is available in the top right portion of the forum page. Someone may have already answered your questions! Take some mock exams. Buy your voucher and schedule your test. Post your results on the Sun Certification Results forum and share your experience on the SCWCD forum.

What spec versions should I reference?
The SCWCD 5 actually still covers the J2EE 1.4 Platform, which includes Servlets 2.4 and JSP 2.0. Get the specs from ScwcdLinks.

Why am I seeing Design Patterns in mock exams that aren't in the objectives?
Mock exams, as well as the real exam, contain answer options other than the 6 Design Patterns from the objectives. Some are real and some are not. "Composite Delegate" is an option in HFSJ but was something we think Bert made up because he likes to play jokes. Patterns other than the Big 6 are never the correct answer on the real exam. Ever. Use this knowledge to your advantage.
The 6 you need to know are: * Transfer Object * MVC * Front Controller * Business Delegate * Service Locator * Intercepting Filter (sometimes just called Filter)
Also note that in previous versions of the exam, the following patterns were covered (and so you may see them more frequently in older mock exams): * Value Object - (now more commonly called Transfer Object) * Model-View-Controller - (aka MVC) * Data Access Object (DAO) * Business Delegate * Front Controller

What version of Tomcat do I need and where can I find it?
Tomcat version 5.5 is your best bet. It supports Servlets 2.4, JSP Specification 2.0, and JSTL Specification 1.1. We recommended you use a server that supports these specs since the test covers J2EE 1.4.

Technical Questions...
InitParamsThruExpressionLanguage - How to access servlet init parameters using EL
Using Dynamic Attributes
DeclaringListeners - About declaring listeners in the deployment descriptor
BodyTagContent - About the body-content for Tag Files, Classic Tags and Simple Tags
IllegalStateException - About the handling of IllegalStateException
JspParameterStandardActions - About jsp:getParameter and jsp:setParameter
IncludesActionDirective - JSP's include action vs include directive
ErrorPageInIe - About error pages not showing up in Internet Explorer

Also refer to the following FAQs

ServletsFaq JspFaq



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