Originally posted by Ashik uzzaman:
Passed the exam with 81%. Have a lot to talk to you. Starting sequentially so that you can have an idea how you may proceed....
Preparation For The Exam
Completed my MSS, Economics from Dhaka University last year and 2-year's diploma from NIIT 1 year earlier. Passed my SCJP exam (91%) at 27th August which i prepared for a lot.
I had no prior experience in working with Java in a commercial environment (but have been working as a trainer in an IT training institute for one-and-half years). Found very difficult to study alone servlets/jsp and took 3 weeks to successfully install Tomcat 4. I started studying for the exam from 1st November 2001, so took 3 months to appear with average study of 4/5 hours a day. Could run my first servlet at that time without a knowledge of the difference between Servlets & JSP. Those who face problem Installing Tomcat 4 can see my post here...
First selected the books & materials to study from the discussions of this forum. Now i would say you to summarize as to read....
(1) Core Servlets & JSP (very good)
(2) Java Servlet Programming by O'Reilly (Jason Hunter) (excellent but as i got only first edition, it was too deprecated...yet waiting 4 the 2nd edition)
(3) Java Server Pages O'Reilly (average+)
When reading them i started coding to test most of the methods referred in Miftah Khan's Notes (very good, really) and prepared my notes as my own reference and now uploaded that 2 days earlier for you guys.... ...I always tried to share my experrience with you. Follow the link below for my short note on SCWCD exam :
You should also go through the Ken Zrobok's Note which is approximately a complete tutorial for the exam. I did not get time to go thru more than once Michell's notes & Velmurugans Notes and only gone thru servlet specification twice (useful) and jsp specification once (not so good ). I crammed very few points for the exams. But i advice you do study the deployment descriptor & servlet api (methods, return types, parameters) very well.
The last one week i was busy with the mocks and analyzing them and found i was following many deprecated methods & tags earlier... . Both SCWCD@Whiz & JWeb+ were good. But they have weeknesses too.
(1) SCWCD@Whiz has an excellent feature Quiz that's realy interesting & useful.
(2) SCWCD@Whiz's tips on exam is also good.
(3) But the 4 exams are easier than real SCWCD exam.
I scored 70% in diagnostics, 81.3% in test1, 69.5% in test2 and 91.53% in the final test (just 2 hours b4 the actual exam taken). In the quiz iscored 70% (30 sec/q), 88% (20 sec/q) & 91% (20 sec/q). I advise u not to take more than 30 sec/q which will keep you sharp.
(4) JWeb+ questions are better & nearer to the real exam question though slightly easier than the real one.
I scored 71%, 75%, 68%, 88% & 75% from 1st to 5th test accordingly.
(5) Sun sample test is not good --- 8 out of 10.
(6) Mika Harvoja's exam is very good. I scored 1st time 65%, second time (a few days later with new questions) 75%.
(7) JavaRanch mock was nice to appear but a little easier --- 84%
(8) Anand Chawla's mock was best --- 71%.
(9) Eudora Cobians mock 40% . A little bit memory & code-oriented and emphasize on topics that were not close to the exam questions
There was a 15 minute servey of 9 questions asking for ur expertise on servlets/jsp/design patterns that has nothing to do with the real exam. The wording of questions were good & familiar if you study the various note & API. But some questions were trickier than the mock exams where i lost points. I got 4 design pattern questions among which 2 were out the 4 of exam objectives. 1 i knew but the other i had to guess and loss. There were more questions from JSP parts than i expected (20+) and i also think that various people are going to face various types of questions for the coming few days. Possbily after a while SUN will standardize the exam. After the exam i found 14 questions i have marked & u c that 12 of them i went wrong really. Yet it was a good exam to pass though a little bit easier in terms of tactful or code-oriented questions than SCJP. I didn't find any drag-and-drop question and in 3/4 questions i had to press exhibit button. 3 fill-in-the blank questions were there.
* Gagan Indus, Rishivan Sing & Wahid Sadik for their nice advices & wishes. U guys are not only genious but real friend of mine.
* My students of two batches in my training institue, for whom i had to prepare a lot. And may be i wouldn't appear the exam if i did nto had to take their classes. Thank u guys!
* My parents (they were always tensed whether i will pass or not), Fazlur Rahman, Faisal Ahmed.
* Gaurav Chang, Julia Koston.
* And all u javaranchers. I like this ranch more than anything else....
It has become a very long post indeed, so good bye now & will remain with u in this ranch (possibly with a new mission). But always will try to share with u. One thing making me happy that i m the first person in my country to pass the exam....
[ January 24, 2002: Message edited by: Ashik uzzaman ]
There is always a pressure to learn when you are a teacher. I taught for 2 years and my mom used to say I studied more as a lecturer than I did as a student.