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Cleared SCWCD with 85%. (My success story)

Siddharth Purandare
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Joined: Nov 13, 2006
Posts: 101
Hey all,

I am feeling very proud and happy to share the good news with you all that Today I appeared for SCWCD exam and cracked it with 85% marks. I want to thank you all ranchers who answered my questions�. in fact this forum was one of the source of inspiration for me. I would like to share my preparation strategy with all of you.

Preparation time: 2.5 months in total.
Previous experience in Servlet�s and JSP: NO

Stage 1 of my preparation:

One day I was traveling in the bus where I saw the Head First book (by Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates and Bryan Basham) in the hands of my friend. From there the idea of cracking SCWCD came into picture. I bought the book on the second day itself because I like the way concepts are explained in that book. I was impressed by the cover page and funny ways of explanation. This book has a very friendly approach of studying no doubts about that. Hats off to all the authors. I finished this book in 25 days flat. I made the personal notes of mine in my notebook. Up till this time I was not as member of this forum of JAVA RANCH.

Stage 2 of my preparation:

Once, I finished this book I heard of Java Ranch and become the member of this forum of SCWCD (the vital ingredient of my success) I visited regularly at this forum, I must say ALL PEOPLE WERE VERY HELPFUL. So I would like to thanks each one of you.

After this I purchased the �Study Kit-Second Edition� book by Hanumant Deshmukh, Mathew Scorpino. I finished the book in 25 days. I would say it�s an equally good book as compared to Head First. It has altogether different approach of study and the syllabus is consolidated in a precise way. I continued to make the personal notes in mine in my notebook.

Stage 3 of my preparation:

After finishing these 2 books I searched the internet for all the available free mocks. I solved all the free mocks. It took 15 days of time. But somehow I was not satisfied with the preparation of mine. I keep on making my personal noted in my notebook. I have NOT used any commercial simulator like Whizlabs, Enthuware etc.

Stage 4 of my preparation:

Finally, I get back to the wonderful HEAD FIRST BOOK again. This time I finished the book this time in 10 days. I keep on making the notes of mine during this, then I gave the much awaited final mock exam of Head First book (With the exception that I know how many correct answers were there. I make an excel sheet and noted the no of choices against each question, similar to the real exam). I scored 65% marks in that. So �+20% rule� worked for me.

So my suggestions to all the fellow people of this forum is that, keep on noting important points and concepts while you study any book/material/mock test. IT WILL BE VERY HELPFUL at the end of preparation.

There were no outside questions as per the syllabus of head first BUT keep an eye on the language of the questions in the real exam it's very tricky sometimes. ALSO I got 2 questions which were testing the SCJP knowledge but its very basic everybody can understand that.

That�s it for now. Time for party folks. It�s the time to Disco... All the best to each one of you...

[ December 20, 2006: Message edited by: Siddharth Purandare ]

Siddharth Purandare<br />SCJP 1.4 - 76%<br />SCWCD 1.4 - 85%<br /> <br />It is the "attitude" and not the "aptitude" which determines "altitude".
Balaji Londhe
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Joined: May 02, 2006
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Congrats ...
Thanks for sharing your experience...
Enjoy the party..

Attitude matters the Altitude.
Rohitt Vermaa
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Joined: Oct 12, 2006
Posts: 232
Great Score. Congtatz

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Arpit Khandelwal

Joined: Dec 11, 2006
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Hi Siddharth,

It was a real stunner man! 85% that too without any experience...

I guess you should have taken some experience and who knows how far was a 100%

Any ways Siddarth hard work always pays and i would again say ::
"impossible" itself says i m possible.

Congratulations again , enjoy and party hard dear.

-Arpit Khandelwal<br />"impossible" itself says i m possible!
Sreeraj G Harilal
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Joined: Apr 19, 2006
Posts: 310
Congratulation! Siddharth.
Its really an excellent score.

go and enjoy man
Thank you very much for your sharing experience.
I am really happy to know that exam does not contain any out of syllabus questions.
Siddharth please specify in which area you got most of the questions.

Best wishes for the SCBCD exam

SCJP 5.0<br />SCWCD 1.4<br />Preparing for <b>SCEA</b>.<br /><b>"I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores."</b>
Paul Anilprem
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Sayak Banerjee
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Joined: Nov 28, 2006
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Great score man!! You've worked hard, now party harder
Wish ya all the best for your future endeavors

Turn on, tune in, drop out.
Siddharth Purandare
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Joined: Nov 13, 2006
Posts: 101
Thanks to all of you.

Sreeraj G H There are equal number of questions in all the different objectives specified. The exam is NOT biased on any particular topic. Well I find the TAG library and Custom tags Topic diffucult and I got less score in that section. All the best to you.
Deepak Singh

Joined: Dec 13, 2006
Posts: 6
Gowher Naik
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Joined: Feb 07, 2005
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well done
so my predication was right about you.
Party hard.
Sreeraj G Harilal
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Joined: Apr 19, 2006
Posts: 310
Thank you Siddharth for the information.
muthu moorthy
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Joined: Dec 19, 2006
Posts: 87

Would you mind to share your personnel notes which you made for your preparation.

It would be helpful to others like me, i am appearing for the exam on 20th Jan 07
Marc Peabody
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Congrats. Welcome to the Wall of Fame.

Thanks for sharing your story, Disco Sidd.

A good workman is known by his tools.
Siddharth Purandare
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Joined: Nov 13, 2006
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Firstly, Thanks Marc for adding me into the "Wall of Fame" of JavaRanch. You make me feel proud.

muthu moorthy I have made the notes into a small notebook of mine. Its not on a softcopy. It's like hand written notes you make during the lecture/seminar etc. Wish you all the best for the Exam on 20th.
Suchen Chodankar
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Joined: Sep 18, 2006
Posts: 47
Hi Siddharth,

Congrats man.....

and thanks for sharing your experience.....
Ashwin Kumar

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 27
It's a nice score

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