I passed the SCWCD exam yesterday with 89 %. I had been preparing on and off for about 4 months.
My prep strategy was to follow a study-schedule. (spread over 2 months before the exam actual date). The schedule helped me in covering all exam objectives. (The MS Word calendar template available from microsoft.com is a cool add-on for creating schedules)
The Head First Book is the KEY to the exam. Thanks Kathy & Co for a great book. Thanks all ranchers for your valuable tips and experiences.
I read all chapters twice thoroughly and again in between while doing the mock exams. I took a few free mock exams (listed below) a day before and attempted the HF MOCK exam on the morning of the actual exam day.
I made notes while answering the mocks, and these notes helped in the last minute exam cram.
Drag and Drop - The only way to place the answer boxes on the empty boxes is from the right side corner. (A small rectangular icon indicates the position is correct). If u try to superimpose one over the other the boxes won't stick.
There were questions from all objectives - A bunch of questions from Design Patterns, Webapp security & Deployment, JSTL, Custom tags.
Suggestions: If possible take the HF Mock exam either on exam day or the day before and review the answers / errors. I got 62 percent in the HF final exam.
Close to the exam, again revisit design patterns, deployment, & security objectives - as these are high on verbage and have a lot to memorize. They can also be high-scoring objectives. For reviewing Design patterns, the bullet points at the end of the chapter and the reference documents on corej2eepatterns.com should be enough.
The HF mock exam + enthuware free tests helped MOST for the real exam. I did not purchase any commercial exams as I could not even finish all the free ones.
MOCK EXAM INFO: -------------- 1) All individual topic coffee crams from Head First book and the final mock exam.