This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
I just passed SCWCD with 86% this afternoon. I did it at Bucks County Community College at Newtown Pennsylvania. It took me about 50 mins driving from my home to the college. When I arrived the testing center, it was closed. Luckily I met a teacher at that moment. He told me that the testing center is closed today because the guy who charging it just found a new job and won't come today. He asked me if I could reschedule it. I felt so upset because I've prepared everything and I took yesterday off just because of today's exam. Nobody either from the testing center or Prometrics notified me about this change. This guy is so nice. He called a few people to get permission to open the testing center for me, and called the other guy to come right away. I started doing the exam about 30 mins late to the original startup time, which affected my mood at the very beginning. However, after finishing the first 20 questions, I felt better.
The exam is tougher than I thought. I did the mock exam on Head First Servlet and Jsp, but got only 70%(just passed). However, I got 90% on the mock exam on Javaranch. I also did 2 sun ePractice exams, and got 87% and 80%. When I working on these mock exams, I did very quickly, and none of them exceed 2 hrs for 69 questions. The real exam took me 2 hour and 15 mins to finish it. I have no clues to at least 3 questions, because they are never mentioned on the book or in the mock exams.
I got 60 out of 69 correctly. My weakest part is Customer Tag Library (60%). I got a couple of 100% in other sections. After 2 months preparation using my space time in the evening and weekends, I am happy with this grade. I do appreciate this website and the people who answered my questions in patient. I recommend this HFSJ book although it contains some errors. It's the only book I read, and I read it 3 times. To the people who are still preparing the exam, I will remind you to memorize the primary APIs of Servlet, JSTL syntax, EL syntax, default values of attributes, document descriptor and so on. There are 1/4 questions or even more are asking you to find the right syntax. If you can't memorize them, you will easily mess up the similar answers and then failed the exam totally.
I am planning to move on to SCJD. I've ordered the book SCJ Exam with J2SE 5 (2nd edition) from amazon.com. Is there any other studying guide/material I should read? Please advice... Thanks