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Passed SCWCD with 88% Marks

Rishi Chopra
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Joined: Mar 07, 2004
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Finally I cleared the exam with 88% yesterday. It was great experience

Started my preparation on 23rd December 2006 and ended up just giving a first time reading to HFSJ by 1st Jan. After that relaxing for 5-6 days seriously started the second reading with the full notes preparation and finished reading that by the end of January month plus along with practicing the concepts like EL and listener invocation

Then started with the Third Reading which literally was to brush up what all I have made notes in the second revision that ended till 15th feb. After that decided to read from Miklai Notes and completed that in 3.5 days flat. Then I started out with studying some topics from Servlet Specs like RequestDispatcher, Listeners and Deployment Descriptor various elements .Then I again started to read HFSJ for the fourth time with a superfast reading just along with the things I read from Servlet specs.

Then at the end of the February month I started reading some topics like EL Evaluation, Custom Tags from the ranch and from sources on net since I did not find JSP Specs interesting. And along with that read the core tags from JSTL docs

Bought the voucher on 2nd march 2007 and registered for the exam on 12th march and then started giving Mock Exams. Gave Exams like Sun e-exam, Javaranch mock exams, jiris exam-1 only, jdiscuss exam, deshmukh book questions at the end of every chapter, javabeat.net, Marcus Green Exams Summary Quizzes{closest to the exam thanks marcus},j2eecertificate.com, Whizlabs Simulator,HFSJ Mock Exam.

During all the times i gave exams I read the HFSJ book almost 2 times (Total 6 times) with just skimming through the pages and remembering the topics.Plus starting analyzing my mistakes in a notebook. I gave HFSJ exam earlier just to feel like what is the real exam and scored 50/62 in that .But on 9th march I seriously sat down and gave the exam for the final time and got around 73% marks (I would have loved if that 20+ rule would have applied to me but anyways I am happy with what I have achieved ).On 10 and 11th march I recollected all the points noted down in the notebook and plus some word docs I have created for myself .

On the D-Day (12th march) , I woke up at around 7:30 and started getting ready to go to exam center I felt like revising but did not (that might have costed me 5% score may be) .

Now Finally about the exam The exam started with 7-8 Design Pattern Questions (Seriously Thanks to Marc Peaboy Notes on Design Patterns which I got only 3 days earlier from javaranch only, helped me a lot on this topic),then some request/response API stuff was there,Some questions on filters and some DD questions ,But the questions on Tag Files were confusing since I was always too less prepared on Tag Files. Question on custom tags were tough but HFSJ explains them the BEST. Questions on Security were very easy 5 of them were there. I got 1 question on Dynamic Attributes (Go through Bryan Basham Tutorial here on ranch) and finally I ended the test and wow I managed to get 88% was very happy

My Advice :
1) Go through the Bible HFSJ.Thanks Kathy Sierra Bert Bates and Bryan
2) Go through the Specs I prefer to say Servlet and JSTL for core tags
JSP Specs are boring not well written i gues with no offence to anyone
3) Come here and read what people have to say to get motivated and learn something.
4) Just remain cool and go with your own pace.
5) And personally with no offence on anyone here
is the worst statement people make here(sorry everyone if I hurt anyone on that )

My Sincere Thanks To
�Kathy Sierra Bert Bates Bryan Basham for wonderful books you write and Please continue doing the good work.
�Miklai for his Detailed yet Concise Notes,Fredric for his Nice Compilation of HSFJ
�Everybody on ranch
. Whizlab Simulator,Marcus Green for the free summary quizzes

Proud to be SCWCD . Thanks Java Ranch for my two certifications SCJP,SCWCD

Rishi Chopra

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Rishi Chopra
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yeah was literally torn apart but anyways if the end result is happier then its ok

Rishi Chopra
Rishi Chopra
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Thanks to Racnhers and Kathy Sierra Bert Bates and Bryan Basham .

can anybody suggest me what certification should i go for next now ...

SCBCD include EJB i have not worked on till date

How about some XML Exam can you guys give me some info on that .

Rishi Chopra
Philip Kurian

Joined: Jan 17, 2007
Posts: 14
Well done Rishi,

About the XML exam... IBM just brought out a new version of that one. I don't think there would be too many resources for it just yet. (Whizlabs exam sim covers the old XML exam, which is no longer offered).
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Mikalai Zaikin
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Well done !!!

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Suchen Chodankar
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Joined: Sep 18, 2006
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Congrats !!!
Great Score .....
Sunil VJA

Joined: Mar 14, 2007
Posts: 1
Congrats Rishi. Good planning and execution. How many hours did you spend reading each week.

I started reading the bible less than 2 months back and was not consistent. About to complete.

Good luck on your next exam.

This is my first post on the Ranch and I am new to the forum. It is awesome.
Rishi Chopra
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To Philip Kurian
Thanks . But even the forum here at ranch for IBM XML exam has oo less resources .Anyways i am searching for the material and some stuffs since i dont know much on XML except some XML's we use like tomcat-users.xml,DD,struts-config.xml..

To Mikalai Zaikin
Thanks for those wonderful notes...

To Suchen Chodankar
Thanks man

To Sunil VJA
Thanks .I never planned but it just happened man ..just following a dream to become SCWCD. About each week study i used to study 2 hours daily in the weekdays from monday to friday after work hours ..and in weekends used to spend around 8-9 hours of study including bunking some of weekends for enjoying my life too. (that is most important since it keeps you in really good spirit.)
I must say its really ok if you are reaing it for the first time but sincerely i must say you must go through it seriously once making notes of stuff new to you as well as the things you think you might forget like custom tags return values ,DD elements like el-ignored,scripting invalid.

just be on the ranch and you will pass with even higher score than me beleive me on that and never leave that BIBLE HFSJ

Rishi Chopra
Pradeep Chopra
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Joined: Feb 21, 2003
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Congratulations Rishi on your wonderful score! Great feedback for future aspirants.

Best wishes,
Pradeep Chopra

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