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How long does it take to prepare?

Sen Aff
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Joined: Mar 08, 2007
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I would be glad if someone could tell me on the average how long it takes to
prepare for this exam?

Thank you.

jan ter avest
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I've heard about people preparing in like 4 weeks for the exam... if you have lots of spare time. So the incredibly helpful answer to this question is: it depends.

Christophe Verré

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So the incredibly helpful answer to this question is: it depends.

I was about to say the same. Please refer to the FAQ :

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Sen Aff
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I have a lot of spare time but I am new to Servlet and JSP. I have heard some people say 6 weeks is needed to prepare and others say you need about 6 months to prepare.

The reason why I asked this is because I want to have an idea of how long I should prepare so that I don't give it too much time. For example, I don't want to spend 6 months learning if it takes 6 weeks.

Thanks a lot.

Sri Kan
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Joined: Feb 20, 2007
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It varies from person to person. But here is how I would prepare myself if I am new completely to new a subject.

1. Pick up a good book (how to find? forums again!) and read it cover to cover to an understanding of the technology. Usually it should take a week to complete this task. FYI: I read 100 pages in 3 hours.

2. Now read each chapter and try out few examples. This task takes more time. Again FYI: My prep times for this task varied from 3 to 4 weeks working 10 hours a day, when I was not working

3. Now read specs/API. This is something not everybody likes and really depends on your excitment level. If you are really fired up it should take a couple of weeks to digest this information. Because you need to try out some examples when reading specs.

4. Take a sample test and find the areas of improvement. This is the point where your actual preparation starts

5. Now improve your knowledge and start taking mock exams. I took one mock exam per day for a week. After each exam I identified areas of improvement and worked on them.

6. Now take the plunge. Satisfaction after you pass is priceless. For everything else ranchers are here

Hope this helps.

Cheers,<br /> <br />SCJP 1.5 (83% Huh !)<br />SCWCD 1.4 (81% that's it ??)
java bangalore

Joined: Jun 08, 2007
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Hi Sri,
Could you tell me which books you referred to since i am coming up with books to prepare for this exam.
Response is apprceiated.

Christophe Verré

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Hi "java bangalore" and welcome to the ranch.

Could you please read the Naming Policy and change your name accordingly. Thank you
Prabhu Venkatachalam
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Joined: Nov 16, 2005
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The way I prepared is :

1. HFSJ Book

2. SERVLET and JSP Specification(For reference)

3. Try to get good score on exam given in the HFSJ Book. And If you miss any question by answering wrong, analyze why you think your answer is correct.

4. Attend free mock ups available in the FAQ section of SCWCD Java Ranch forum.

Every day 2 hours I spent and I have completed the exam in a Month time.

Prabhu Venkatachalam<br />SCJP 1.4,SCWCD 1.4<br />
Aaron Raja
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Joined: Jun 07, 2007
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It is said in "Head first Servlets and JSP" pg xxix "If you are new to Servlet and JSP you might need any where 6 to 12 weeks."
That is true!

Thanks, AR
Atul Sawant
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Joined: Jul 06, 2006
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I started in April...and am still not confident about giving the last shot.

Also, I am working.

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Joe Harry
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I'm preparing...preparing...for the last 6 months but not studying for it or rather not finding enough time. Anyhow, I'm planning to finish it before July end. So normally, for an inexperienced, it should not take more than 2 months...

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