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About SCWCD preparation

Victor Seal

Joined: Jan 01, 2004
Posts: 4
Hi, guys, Happy new year!
I am new member to javarancher. I just passed SCJP 1.4 with a bad grade (80%). I am considering taking SCWCD. But I want to clear some questions before I jump in. Hope you experts can help me
1. What is the real market value of SCWCD? Does it help fresh graduates like me a lot to find a job?( I am sorry, but I know this is not a good question.)
2. My JSP and Servlet knowledge mainly comes from coursework. I am using JSP (Struts) in daily work, but my industry experience is almost a blank sheet. How long do I need to prepare for the exam if I expect an 85% grade? 2 months (not full time studying) enough?
Thanks a lot!
Michael Ernest
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Joined: Oct 25, 2000
Posts: 7292

1) "Market value" isn't a static thing by any means. The best we can say, all other things being equal, is that you'll probably be a more promising candidate than someone who has not taken the time to get certified. I doubt certification alone would get you a meaningful job, but at the least it demonstrates that you've proven your proficiency according to a standardized examination.
2) The old SCWCD exam is a pushover compared to the SCJP. It's largely rote memorization of the tags and structure of servlets. Get yourself a decent study guide and give yourself the full two months just in case. You should do fine.

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Michael Sullivan
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Joined: Dec 26, 2003
Posts: 235
The old SCWCD exam is a pushover compared to the SCJP.[/QB]

I've heard this as well. Good to know that I'm not the only one who thought that the SCJP was... 'challenging' to say the least.
I agree. Here's the link:
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