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Passed SCWCD 1.4 (barely) yesterday with 62% score

Al Diovanni

Joined: Jul 14, 2004
Posts: 12
I cleared my SCWCD 1.4 exam today "by the skin of my teeth" and I am really happy about passing the toughest exam on the planet. I would like to thank the authors of HFSJ (Kathy, Bert and Bryan); the people behind the JEnthuse mock exam website, the JAVARANCH mock exam website, and the JAVARANCH website for this triumph.

My stategic question: Which exam should I take next: The SCBCD (which is all about EJB's) OR The Sun Certified Developer for JAVA Web-Services ??? (Many of my JAVA Developer friends say that I should take the Web-Services exam next.)

Note that I'm a 25-year Mainframe Applications Developer attempting to retool myself in the new technology (for survival).

Please let me know your thoughts on this, please. Thanks. Take care.

Al Diovanni
Vishwas Hegde
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
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Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
Congrats Al,

it IS a tough exam, and lots and lots of people don't pass - remember, we tend to hear about all the success stories here on JavaRanch so we forget how hard this stuff is!

- Bert

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Theodore Casser
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Joined: Mar 14, 2001
Posts: 1902

Agreed wholeheartedly - it's a very tough exam, and any pass you can walk away with.. Congratulations on making it!

As for what to do next, I think that really is more a matter of where you want to go with the certifications. SCDJWS probably won't be updated as soon as SCBCD, but depending on what part of the field you're looking at working in...

Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
donald la

Joined: Oct 01, 2005
Posts: 3
I got that score too, but that's my problem.

I downloaded paul's SCWCD Exam kit, but didn't noticed it's for J2EE 1.3. The book reminded me no worrying about filter, cookies, only four patterns, and even no new scriptlet.

To make things worse, I even used mock exam for J2EE 1.3.
After I finished the questions, before click "END", I believed I must fail, I even didn't look at the score at all. After I stepped in my car, and had a deep breath, said "ok, let's see how to redo the exam", I found I passed.

It's big lession for me, I won't use free books anymore, when I prepared SCBCD 1.3, I bought all the books from Amazon.
Nick Kouiroukidis

Joined: Jun 23, 2005
Posts: 26
Congratulations Al for your pass.I had also low passing score in this exam 63% but of course it doesn't mean you haven't grasp this technology.I admire you about your 25 years of mainframe experience.You were prepared enough I think and may be if the exam was taken one day before or after with a little more concetration you could achieve much higher score.Of course bravo also to people that achieve high scores

Congratulations again and best wishes
Christophe Verré

Joined: Nov 24, 2005
Posts: 14688


Btw, I'm wondering what it the percentage of success/failure at this exam.
Anybody knows ?

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Ben Leadholm

Joined: Nov 29, 2005
Posts: 6
Congratu-phuquin-lations!!! I'm in the same boat. I passed with 48 questions correct (69%). A pass is a pass. WELCOME to the club!!
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