Ben Spivey

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I may be mistaken, but I think that "four nines" means 99.99% guaranteed uptime.
I just recently passed SCJP and I have decided to make the SCWCD my next certification.

My question is, how long did you study for the exam? I spent about two weeks preparing for the SCJP before taking that exam.

I know everyone will have a different answer here, but that is the basic response I am looking for.
I started studying about a week before Christmas and took the exam today. Overall, I am pretty happy with the score. Like many others, I chose the wonderful Sierra/Bates book as my sole study aid. I read through all 9 chapters first, stopping of course to complete the questions after each chapter. After I completed the book, I went back and re-read every 2 minute drill and redid every chapter's exam questions. That was pretty much my only studying.

Thanks to Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates for a terrific study aid. I plan to pick up the Head First book for the SCWCD certification next.

Also, for those that want another opinion on whether to take the 1.4 or 1.5 exam, I also went through that dilemma. I chose 1.4 simply because at the time I bought the book, the new version wasn't out yet. If you aren't too confident in what you know, I would suggest starting with the 1.4 first and then take the 1.5 later since the 1.5 exam is supposed to be harder. Just my two cents.
18 years ago