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Christophe Vansweevelt

Joined: Feb 15, 2008
Posts: 7
Hello Ranchers,

I'd like to take the SCWCD5 - exam, can anyone tell me of HFSJ is enough to pass this exam please ?
HFSJ is dated from 2004 and we're now 2008.

The only difference between 310-081 & 310-083(SCWCD5) I see is that the passing score is increased from 64% to 70% is that correct ?

But I don't know why the time-limit is increased heavily to 3:15u.
Is this exam (310-083) so difficult then ?

Also has anyone a simulator (free or commercial one) to test 310-083? For the moment I only found the whizlabs and JWebplus from Enthuware but this test 310-081 & 310-082.

I would like to pass from the first time.

Any comment nd help would be really appreciated.

Thanks guys !

Yves J Thorrez

Joined: Apr 24, 2007
Posts: 3
Hi Christophe,

I would go under the assumption that SCWCD 5 is the same as SCWCD 1.4, other than the name and code of the exam CX-310-081 to CX-310-083), and changed passing criteria for the exam (score and time limit have gone up). This thread has some useful info:

So, my guess is that you are safe using your HFSJ copy to prepare for SCWCD5... And by the way: the new exam for SCJP has undergone a similar "cosmetic" operation (with only Navigable and Console added to the objectives).

Having said this, I've noticed there is a second edition of HSFJ coming up (in March 2008):

I actually wonder what the purpose of this second edition is, given the minor (and apparantly misleading) changes in the SCWCD 5 objectives, and the fact that the O'Reilly page gives exactly the same info as for the first edition! Only from the book's new cover, I can see that there is a new mock exam (why?).

I think O'Reilly would much better invest in an second edition of Head First EJB, since the EJB spec (EJB 3) in Java EE 5 has changed dramatically compared to J2EE 1.4, and has made the first edition seriously outdated (though still good for people working in a pre-Java EE 5 environment)! There is a genuine need out there for a new edition of this otherwise excellent exam prep book, and I can't see (other than maybe the author's lack of time) why O'Reilly has been waiting for so long to come up with one...

Christophe Verré

Joined: Nov 24, 2005
Posts: 14688

I actually wonder what the purpose of this second edition is

It's a good timing to clear the actual errata, and to add the author's tutorial on dynamic attributes.

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