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Kevin DesLauriers
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I wrote the exam this morning (I too think you should write it first thing in the morning). It took 90 minutes for me to complete and I finished with 64 correct answers of 69.

I know that many of you are interested at how people who have written the exam prepared so:

I read HFSJ twice as well as Charles Lyons's text (twice). I took notes on each chapter from Lyons and then wrote the quiz at the end of each chapter which allowed me to modify my notes when I learned something from one of the questions.

I reviewed my notes for a couple of days before writing mock exams.

I wrote the mock exam that came with the Lyons text and got 40/69 (FAIL). The next day I reviewed all of my wrong answers as the exam has a better explanation of questions than HF does.

I then decided I needed to purchase an Exam Simulator and decided to go with Whizlabs. After each exam I wrote I would take the next day to review my wrong answers. It too had a good explanation of each question. My results were as follows:

Diagnostic Exam: 40/69
Practise Exam 1: 51/69
Practise Exam 2: 50/69
Practise Exam 3: 54/69
Final Exam: 59/69

I then took a few days to relax and do light review in addition to rereading some chapters (from HF) - Mostly on custoom actions.

Two days before the real exam I wrote the mock from HF and got 51/69. After taking the rest of the day off I did light review yesterday and this morning before writing the real thing. Today I got 64/69. Yeah.

Advice? Sure. As someone who has been successful at helping others do well on multiple choice type exams I would HIGHLY recommend that once you have selected an answer that you think is correct do not second guess yourself and change it later. I did not take my advice during the mock with HF and all three that I second guessed myself and changed I got wrong and my original answer was correct. I did not second guess myself today. Secondly, make sure to practise writing exams under the same situations that you would write the actual exam.

Who do I thank? I have t othank my wife who let me spend a good chunk of my day studying. Under the circumstances this was extremely supportive of her.

Of course I thank Charles Lyons who in my opinion wrote an excellent study guide on SCWCD in addition to the authors of HFSJ. Thank you to Michael John who's web.xml example is currently at the beginning of my study notes.

Now, I must figure out which book to read off my shelf next. I know I will be writing the SCBCD exam in the next year but will probably wiork on my SQL and Java/XML first.

Kevin DesLauriers
SCWCD - 92%

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Ramesh Chandran

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Congrats Kevin. Thanks for sharing tips.
Can you please tell more about whizlabs? Why did you buy it instead of others? How useful was it? I am currently using enthuware's jwebplus and I am finding it tough. I am wondering if I need to buy another mock exam.
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Kevin DesLauriers
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I bought the Whizlabs because it was the first one that caught my eye when I put it into google. Too be honest, there was no REAL reason I chose that one over any other. I did want one that had several full exams that I could complete, as I do believe this is important.

I found the difficulty level more difficult than the actual exam. The explanations of each questions was indepth. It did cover material that was not on the exam but I had reviewed from the Lyons text. This is one of the reasons it was more difficult. That said, I feel I have a better understanding of the material because I covered more material than I needed to.

I did find that the marking scheme that it uses was different than the actual exam in that it weights different questions. The drag and drop questions were weighted much more than a multiple choice. By doing all of the questions from Whizlabs and reviewing each one I had a very good understanding of the material covered.

After reading someone else's post about how they did on the actual exam and how they did on Whizlabs I knew that my scores on WhizLabs were probably going to be lower than my real exam. After doing all my mock exams (7) I had a good feeling that I was going to reach my goal of 90%+.

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Congratulations ! Can you please let us know how many hours per day you spent preparing this?And how many weeks of preparation?

"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential."
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Kevin DesLauriers
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I casually read HF over a year. Once I decided that I was going to write the exam my notes took about a month (Charles Lyons Text) and then another month of reviewing my notes and writing practise exams. I would say I spent 2-3 hours per day. I had no previous servlet and jsp experience so everything was new to me.

I hope this helps.
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Congrats Kevin. Thanks for sharing your experience as well.

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