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I took the SCWCD exam today and passed with a score of 85%.
Here is a brief summary of the strategy that I followed:
1) Read HFSJ throughly once. Kathy,Bert,Bryan - thanks for the excellent book, it makes understanding tough concepts so simple! I bought your latest edition of HFJava to make some of the concepts clearer. 2) Bought JWebPlus and did all the Standard and Practice Tests. I failed in the first test but passed in all the others. 3) Created a few custom tests on topics that I was not comfortable with (10 random questions) and took about 4 or 5 of them. 4) Took the test at j2eecertificate.com, passed with 68%. 5) Finally took HFSJ mock test - man that was tough!!! I failed with 55% only but I had read that you can add about 20% to your HFSJ score for the final exam so I went ahead and took the test today and lo and behold I got 30% more!!! 6) Also I browsed through HFSJ once and jotted down important points from all the chapters for the final revision. 7) I also had the Deshmukh book for 1.3 and went through the Final Revision chapters at the end of the book, this helped a lot too even though some topics were not relevant. 8) Specs: Just browsed through them on and off, no serious reading.
Comment on the Exam:
Some general comments on the exam - The exam is mixed bag and you need to have a good understanding of the concepts. There are some very easy questions while some are really tough and make you think. I got a lot of questions on Patterns and also EL. Obviously the API's are important too.
That's it for now. Let me know if you have any questions.
I just was writing the HSF final mock...but stopped with 20 q's...It was tough..... I want to know that -- In the real exam Will we be given the no.of answers to select? OR Will it be "choose all that apply" (like in the HSF final mock) ?? Pls reply..
Joined: Nov 20, 2001
Hi d_java ,
In the real exam you will be given the number of choices that are correct. So you will see, Answer two or Answer three.
I would highly recommend finishing the HFSJ mock exam since that is the worst that can happen and if you pass that or come close to the passing score you should be all set in the real one.
I had the same feeling when I started the exam since I thought I was well prepared but then I decided to finish it for my own satisfaction and go through the answers before appearing for the real exam.
Hope this helps. Srinath
Joined: Jul 14, 2004
thanks for the response! that helped a lot. one more Q....how r the drag & drop q's?? I mean...will they ask to write a code in a blank box & drag-drop it?? OR Is it like we have to select from the choices given?? can u tell in detail??
Joined: Nov 20, 2001
there will be a Task button which you have to click and then drag stuff and drop it when the icon on the "to be dropped" area looks like a sheet of paper.
Joined: Jul 22, 2004
I passed today with 85% score.
There were pretty easy questions, and tricky ones.
In the middle of the exam about 5 questions popped up only about Design Patterns.
There were only one Filter question.
About two security questions.
The d&d part was easier then in my SCBCD exam. The exam was about in June 2004.