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WOO HOO! Passed with 89!

al langley
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Just got back from the testing center. The test wasn't as scary as I thought it would be.
This is what I did to study:

I read Head First Servlet and JSP (2nd edition) and made sure I programmed the examples referred to in the book. I also did every question and exercise in the book and made sure I understood the choices and the answers(sometime even programming the questions to see what was happening). I took Marcus Green's mock exam two days ago as practice for the coffee cram mock exam.
I also purchased enthuware's latest software, read many postings on this site and read PeabodyOnSwcdPatterns found in the links section.
So to summarize, I used the following:
1. HFSJ
2. Enthuware
3. Marcus Green's mock exam
4. THIS site!
That's all I did! I didn't have time (or patience) to read the specs at all.

It took me a month of a lot of intense reading. My point is that Head First Servlet and JSP and this site is all you need (though I would highly recommend enthuware's latest offering).

The last thing I want to mention is that if you do well on the coffee cram mock exam, you will do well on the actual test. I found the mock exam a lot tougher than the actual exam(kind of like the difference between Jeopardy and Celebrity Jeopardy).
Good luck to those who are studying! I dont mean to sound like a commercial, but the test is not bad if you get Head First servlet and JSP.

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Bobby Sharma
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thanks for your informations
I really hate reading specs ,It makes me puke.

by the way ,Wooooo Hooooo congrats.

best regards,
omi
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Back to Java , again.
Shiraz Khan
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hey how much did you score in the final mock exam of HFSJ ?
I scored 73% in the mock exam and want to appear for the SCWCD exam as soon as possible.
al langley
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I bombed on the mock exam. 60%. I took it the night before I took the actual test (not a smart move)...it really freaked me out! What I realized from the mock exam was that I have to read each question and possible answer CAREFULLY. The questions I got wrong was because I was careless in reading ALL the choices after I identified one or two answers. I will admit that (and it says so in HFSJ) the mock exam was a lot harder because they dont tell you how many answer choices they expect for each question.

With your score, I think you should be okay. If you want to feel confident, see if you could do the following without using references (this is what I did before I took the test)
1. In a JSP, I would use scriptlets to put a hashmap and arraylist as attributes in different scopes. Then using EL, standard actions, and JSTL, I tried accessing elements in these containers as many different ways as I could think of.
2. See if you could create and USE a custom tag (simple and classic) that can build a table.
3. set web-app security (as covered in HFSJ), make sure you understand everything in the HFSJ chapter about security--especially how to manipulate the DD.
4. demonstrate use of all the tags in the "core" JSTL library.
5. Understand how to use each of the elements in the DD covered by the book (there is a list of all 27 top level elements in SCWCDHints #13 in the links section) without looking up anything.
6. Experiment with EL, including operators...and create and use an EL function
7. Read the peadbodyonscwcd patterns in the link section

I guess I am not saying anything new. Make sure you know your stuff thoroughly. Be honest with yourself when you review the end of chapter questions and mock exam (assuming you did them all once before). make sure you KNOW the answer as opposed to remembering the correct choices.

GOOD LUCK.
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Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Congratulations!

-Cameron McKenzie
John Donoghue
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Congratulations on the excellent score. Great job

-John Donoghue


SCJP 5<br />SCBCD 1.3<br />SCJD<br />SCWCD 1.4, 5<br />SCBCD 5 -- working on it
al langley
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Thanks for the props. I must admit, part of the thrill of passing is posting the results.
Remko Strating
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Congrats ...




Remko (My website)
SCJP 1.5, SCWCD 1.4, SCDJWS 1.4, SCBCD 1.5, ITIL(Manager), Prince2(Practitioner), Reading/ gaining experience for SCEA,
S Sravs
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Joined: Feb 25, 2008
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Congrats
awesome score
hey EL functions are out of scwcd 1.5 syllabus
Does any of the questions appear from this topic in final exam
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al langley
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Hi Vijaya Sravanthi,
Thanks for the props!
As per your question, I'm not sure if I am allowed to say what is on the test and what is not? Bbut I would say that the test does a pretty thorough job of covering the topics in HFSJ and almost everything is covered one way or another as questions, or as possible answers. Knowing the topics covered in HFSJ makes selecting and rejecting the answer choices a lot easier. So if it is in the book (with the exception of struts in chapter 14), I would know it.
Good luck.
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Joe Harry
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Congrats!


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Ashok Kumar Babu
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Congrats...


Ashok<br /> <br />SCJP 91%<br />SCWCD 88%
 
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