I have written exam on saturday(09/06/2007) and passed SCWCD with 90%(62/69). i lost the marks in custom Tag libraries(3) and thread(synchronized)(2) and Design patterns(2) concepts. Utilizing 3 hrs daily,I prepared on sat and sundays completely for about one month. Prior to this i had 2 years of experience in java and java ee.
I had intially targeted for 2 months of preparation as i am familiar with all j2ee concepts, i collected all the materials for about one week and then started the preparation.
My books or e-books are:
HEAD FIRST SERVLETS AND JAVA ---- If you want to pass SCWCD with minimum of 80% this book is enough. Thorough reading of this is required. Dont miss any word. I have read this book for two times. For me it has taken two complete days to read the whole book. In final mock exam i got 74%(51/69).
Servlets and jsp Specifications ---- I have read servlets specs throughly and used jsp specs minorly. I am pretty much confident in JSP so i have not looked at jsp specs. These two specs are really required for the exam inorder to know methods necessary, declation rules etc....
" NO " to mock exam. When i prepared scjp (i got 75%) exam i have taken around 50 mock exams and atlast i got messed up with all the concepts during the exam. So this time i thought hfsj final exam is my first and last mock exam i am going to prepare and got the result.
E-Book by Hanumanth Deshmukh ---- I have read the whole book in one day and felt easy to prepare.
As people ask How to preapre in "XX" number of days.....If you utilize 7 full working days, we can get a minimum of 75% but you should have atleast 1yr of java ee experience.