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Passed SCWCD with 97%

Sergio Tridente
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Joined: Mar 22, 2007
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After quite some time preparing for the exam, I made my mind four weeks ago and scheduled the exam. I took it yesterday and scored 97% (only two wrong answers).

This is how I prepared:
Me and a group of collegues started preparing in January. We are lucky, as our company encourages people and provides us with the study material. We prepared one chapter per week. That gave me the opportunity to get a good degree of understanding of each chapter before going into the next. I also practiced a lot, specially when the theory seemed not enough.

The book I used was HFSJ. The IDE: no IDE at all!!! (this was really important). Just Tomcat 5.5, java 5.0 a text editor and the shell (I am a Linux' guy, so I am used to using the console). Ah! And I used the specs whenever either the book nor tomcat weren't enough.

After finishing my first reading of the book, I went for a second one where I tried to memorize some concepts. This second reading took me longer than I thought (but not longer that the first one, where I focused on understanding). As I have more a visual memory, to help me remember APIs I prepared an UML class diagram where I put all the relevant classes, interfaces and methods. Although it took me some time, it revealed really usuful for me specially when it was printed. I also printed some portions of the spec (first part of the servlets spec, DD and TLD's DTD and diagrams, custom tags, directives, standard actions, core JSTL actions and "Marc Peobody on Patterns" notes).

I also visited this forums at least twice a day for the past two months, tried to answer some questions, made some myself and did a lot of mock exams recommended by ranchers (they can be found in Java Ranch's links section).
Only the week-end before the exam, I took HFSJ's final mock: I scored 82% but I really did not believe the +20% rule would apply for me, as it looked too high.

The day of the exam, I woke up and leave early. In my case, I had to take the exam in another city. I used the almost 3 hs ride to review the material I took with me: the printed pages of the specs, Marc's notes on patterns and my UML diagram. I arrived to the city, had a light meal waited a couple of hours (while still revisiting some concepts) and headed to Prometric Center. The exam was easier than HFSJ's final mock.

I want now to thank all the people that helped me go through this nice experience: my employer, my work collegues, Bryan, Kathy and Bert for their wonderful book, Marc Green for his site and the mock exams he is giving for free, Marc Peabody for his pattern notes and for sharing his expertise in these forums (and specially for that hand you gave me last Saturday with my final mock doubt: you calmed me down), Satou kurinosuke for being always here helping people, and a lot of other members of this community: like Jothi, Tiffiny, Atul among many others.

So, what's next? Well. I will take a week rest from study and then I'll begin preparing for SCJP 5.0 Upgrade exam (something I wanted to do before this one).

Take care all of you and good luck for your exam.
[ May 15, 2007: Message edited by: Sergio Tridente ]

SCJP 1.4 (88%) - SCJP 5.0 Upgrade (93%) - SCWCD 1.4 (97%) - SCBCD 5.0 (98%)
Balaji Londhe
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Joined: May 02, 2006
Posts: 100
Congrats. Great score!!!


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Balaji Londhe
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Joined: May 02, 2006
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Congrats. Great score!!!
Edisandro Bessa
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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
Posts: 584
WOW THAT'S AN AWESOME SCORE !


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S Vilish
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Joined: Feb 06, 2007
Posts: 39
Congratulations Sergio Tridente. You no doubt deserve the big success.

Thanks for sharing your experience

Vilish
Vassili Vladimir
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Joined: Mar 08, 2007
Posts: 1585
Congrats


Vassili ...
SCJP 5.0, SCWCD 1.4, SCJA 1.0
Srinivasan thoyyeti
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Joined: Feb 15, 2007
Posts: 557
Hi Sergio,

Please stay around here in Javaranch.

Congrats for your upgoing graph(88 to 97). This time when you write SCJP 5.0 upgrade exam, I wish you get (i.e., >= 97%).

All the best.


Thanks & Regards, T.Srinivasan
SCWCD 1.4(89%), SCJP 5.0(75%)
Christophe Verré
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Joined: Nov 24, 2005
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Sergio,
Congratulations
That's an amazing score, and I haven't seen much ranchers scoring that high at HFSJ's final mock !


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Niranjan Basnayake
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Joined: Mar 25, 2006
Posts: 58
Congratulations !


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Joe Harry
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Sergio,

Congrats for the SCWCD. Good luck with your other certifications as well!


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Manish Agarwal
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Joined: Jun 22, 2004
Posts: 34
Congratulations!!! Great Score


Thanks and Regards,<br />Manish Agarwal<br />SCJP 1.4 (100%)<br />SCWCD 1.4 (98%)<br />SCBCD 1.3 (Preparing)
sarika kumar
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Joined: Jan 30, 2007
Posts: 22
Congrats!!!
malapati raghavendra
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Joined: Feb 20, 2007
Posts: 11
Super Dude,

You done a great job man.

Raghavendra
SCJP-91%
Rancy Chadha
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Joined: Jul 12, 2006
Posts: 135
Congratulations Sergio!!!


Thanks,<br />-Rancy
Rahul Bhattacharjee
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Joined: Nov 29, 2005
Posts: 2308
Congratulations ! Great Score.


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satya mahapatra
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Joined: Jan 07, 2006
Posts: 134
Congrats. Superb score.
Thanks for sharing your experience.


Regards,<br />Satya<br />SCJP,SCWCD
chinna talluru
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Joined: Jul 23, 2006
Posts: 24



congrats for your excellent score.
if you dont mind will you please forward the materials and mock exams
links to my mail id : talluru37@gmail.com
chinna talluru
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Joined: Jul 23, 2006
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congrats for your excellent score.
if you dont mind will you please forward the materials and mock exams
links to my mail id : talluru37@gmail.com
Pawanpreet Singh
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Joined: Jun 12, 2005
Posts: 264

Congratulations Sergio. It is a very good score.
Could you please help me by providing link for "Marc Peobody on Patterns" notes
Rancy Chadha
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Posts: 135
Hi Pawan,

Here is the link for Marc Peabocy's pattern notes: Pattern Notes
Mirko Bonasorte
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Joined: May 14, 2007
Posts: 244
Really congratulations! It's a very good result, expecially for such a huge exam!


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Amit Goyal
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Joined: Feb 21, 2006
Posts: 95
Congratulations!!!

Regards,

Amit Goyal
Raj Menon
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Joined: Oct 18, 2005
Posts: 45
Congrats Man,That's a Huge score
Ryan Day
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Joined: Apr 03, 2006
Posts: 87
Congrats Sergio, that's great!


SCJP, SCWCD
Tiffiny Yang
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Joined: Mar 29, 2006
Posts: 124
You rock, Sergio Tridente !!!

Did you do the whizlab?
Atul Sawant
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Joined: Jul 06, 2006
Posts: 304
Sergio bro...am proud of you!!

Hope you will be around here for a while...helping me to crack WCD!

why not SCJD or SCBCD!?
[ May 16, 2007: Message edited by: Atul Sawant ]

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Niranjan Deshpande
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Joined: Oct 16, 2005
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good work,,,


good luck atul for your preparation


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Sergio Tridente
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Joined: Mar 22, 2007
Posts: 329

Originally posted by Atul Sawant:
why not SCJD or SCBCD!?


Later. I won't have much time for prepapring either of them before my holidays (August) and I don't want to interrupt studying (I did that for SCJP 5.0 and still did not go to write the exam). One thing a the time.


And thank you to everybody!
Atul Sawant
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Joined: Jul 06, 2006
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ok Sergio...you know the best!

best of thanks!

Thanks Niranjan! always motivating...:-)
Adithya Menon
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Joined: Jan 21, 2007
Posts: 19
Congratulations GREAT WORK
SCJP1.4(96.7%)


SCJP1.4(96%) SCWCD1.4(92%)
Tiffiny Yang
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Joined: Mar 29, 2006
Posts: 124
Super score!!!

Did you do the whizlabs?

Thanks
 
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