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Passed SCWCD exam with 89%

Ram Mmurthy

Joined: Jul 12, 2004
Posts: 27
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 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.

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 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.

1) All individual topic coffee crams from Head First book and the
final mock exam.

2) -
( Was able to take only 3 of the 5 available free tests for 310-081
Very Helpful for the actual exam)

3) Whizlabs demo mock exam -

4) Enthuware demo mock exam - (20 questions)

5) Certgear Demo mock exam (20 questions)

6) : (All study tests)
(most of these for the 080 version)

7) Javaranch Mock exam (080 version)

8) Anand chawlas mock exam (080 Version)

9) Deshmukh and Malaviya final exam on CD (From book - 080 verston)
JWebplus for 310-080 (Check
[ March 20, 2005: Message edited by: Ram B ]
Bassam Zahid
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Joined: Mar 09, 2005
Posts: 61
Congratulations on your great success.

And thanks a lot for your great study strategy sharing. Information given by you is really very important and thanks a lot once again.

BS<br />SCJP 1.4 88%<br />SCWCD 1.4 86%
Jose Esteban
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Joined: Nov 28, 2004
Posts: 102

And thanks for telling us your experience.

trivikram Kumar
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Joined: Feb 21, 2005
Posts: 172
Ram B:

Congratulations on a great score...
Thanks a lot for useful info u provided..
All the best for all your future exams..


Javainn<br /> <br />SCJP,SCWCD,SCBCD,<br />ICED (IBM-287,IBM-484,IBM-486)
IBM certified in DB2 V 8.1 Family Fundamentals (IBM 700)
Vishwa Kumba
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Joined: Aug 27, 2003
Posts: 1066
Congrats Ram! and thanks for the useful links!
I agree. Here's the link:
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