studyjava.org - SCWCD FAQ
SCWCD stands for Sun Certification for Web Component Developer. The exam has 59 questions. You get 90 minutes for the exam. Most people find the time to be sufficient for the exam. You need to get 61% (that is 36) correct answers to clear the exam.
What type of questions are there in the exam?
The majority of the questions (around 50) in SCWCD are multiple choice questions with one or more correct answers. These questions specify the number of correct answers. The remaining questions are fill in the blanks. These questions may ask the name of a class, a method name or an element in the deployment descriptor. You may also get one drag-and-drop question. This will require you to move a list of elements to another list, such that they are in a specific order.
Are there any prerequisites for taking the SCWCD exam?
You need to clear the SCJP before you can take the SCWCD exam.
What is included in the SCWCD exam?
The three topics that are covered in the SCWCD exam are -
How do I prepare for the SCWCD exam? There are two books that cater to the SCWD exam. Besides these there are a lot of good books on Servlets and JSP. My recommendation is that you start with either the book SCWCD Exam Study Kit: Java Web Component Developer Certification by Hanumant Deshmukh, Jignesh Malavia or More Servlets and JSP by Marty Hall. Take all the available free mock exams. Once you start scoring 80+ in mock exams, it is time to call Sun.
Are there any mock exams and tutorials present for SCWCD exam?
Visit the SCWCD links section of this site.
I just cleared SCJP, should I go for SCJD (developer exam) or SCWCD (web developer exam)?
This depends upon the kind of work you are doing currently. If you are using JavaTM technology for web development, then you need to take the SCWD exam, otherwise SCJD will be a better option for you. If you do not have much experience in Java technology, and looking for jobs in Java technology, then SCWCD is a better option. Mainly because SCWCD takes less time, and because Servlets and JSP are hot at present.
How much time will it take to prepare for the SCWCD exam?
This will depend on how much experience you have in servlets/JSP and your prior programming experience. Assuming you have some basic experience in Servlets and/or JSP, you can probably prepare for the certification exam in four to eight weeks.
How does SCWCD compare in complexity with the SCJP exam?
The material you need to prepare for SCWD is less than that of SCJP. Most people find SCWCD to be easier than SCJP, but it clearly depends upon ones aptitude. Unlike SCJP, SCWCD has very few programmatic questions. Again, unlike SCJP, SCWCD requires one to memorize some topics like deployment descriptor, servlet API etc.
Which are the books that I can use for the SCWCD exam?
Please refer to the SCWCD books section of this site.
Is there any site that has questions listed by topic for SCWCD?
Please refer to the SCWCD questions section of this site.
What is the mechanism of taking the exam?
There are two steps involved. You need to first buy a voucher from Sun. Within the United States Sun may be contacted at (800) 422-8020. The exams are conducted by Sylvan Prometric. After you get the voucher, you can contact Sylvan Prometric when you are ready to set up an appointment. You may register online at http://www.2test.com or contact a Sylvan Prometric test center. A list of Prometric testing center's is available online at their site http://www.2test.com .
I passed the exam. Now where can I see the results online?
You may check your certification results online at https://www.galton.com/~sun . This site has the database of all candidates who have cleared Sun's certifications.
How much does it cost to take the exam?
The approximate cost of taking the exam in some countries is given below.