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Passed SCEA Part 1 with 100%


Joined: Jul 15, 2003
Posts: 2
Hi all,
I have just passed part 1 of SCEA exam today, with 100% scores! I would like to share my experience in preparation, and some information about the contents of the test itself.
Actually, the test was easier than I expected. One thing that helped me a lot is my experience in architecting real-world enterprise applications using J2EE. Most of the questions checked whether you understand the core concepts, best practices and ideas of the Java 2 platform, especially EJB. Broad (not deep) knowledge of all exam objectives is required in order to analyze scenarios and come up with the right choices. There was no question about J2EE API.
Below is the list of resources that I used:
1) Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide, Cade-Roberts
2) Mastering EJB 2, Ed Roman
3) Applied Java Patterns, Stelting-Maassen
4) Leo Crawford's notes (
5) SCEA Nutshell (
6) Chris Broecker's notes (
7) WhizLabs SCEA
I started preparation by using WhizLabs [7] to identify my weaknesses, then studied related topics with [2,3,4,5,6]. I used Cade's book to summarize knowledge gained, and practiced scenario-based questions with WhizLabs. I would say that WhizLabs's questions are more difficult than the exam's questions, especially the scenarios. However, make sure that you understand the topics, understand how to analyze situations, not just remember answers provided by WhizLabs. A day before taking test, I reviewed the objectives going through the notes [4,5,6] once again. Of course, follow this forum and study from your discussions here was a big advantage (though this is just my first post ).
Overall, I have spent about 2 months with 2-3hours/day to prepare for the test.
I believe the part II & III are much harder and do hope to receive your help. BTW, what is the good starting point for part II?
Good luck to you all.
Weerawit Maneepongsawat
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Joined: Apr 11, 2002
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Weerawit<br />SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.2, SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD 1.3, SCBCD 5.0, SCMAD 1.0, SCJA 1.0, SCDJWS, SCJD, SCEA, SCDJWS 1.5
Dave Cronin
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Joined: Apr 25, 2003
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Congratulations - you can't do better than that.
I'm studying for the IBM object-oriented analysis and design with UML exam, as well as the part II assignment. I think the reading material for this exam such as Craig Larman's Applying UML and patterns is useful, which is worth reading for insights into OOAD.

Dave Cronin
Bob Kerfoot
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Bob Kerfoot
Segu Riluvan

Joined: Jan 07, 2002
Posts: 8
That is excellent.. congrats!!!

Segu Riluvan<br />SCEA, SCWCD, SCJP<br />JCert CED, IBM WSAD Specialist, IBM XML & Related Tech.<br />Sybase CPD Associate.<p>I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance <br />Never settle for the path of least resistance - "I hope you dance" by Lee Ann Womack</p>
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Joined: Feb 28, 2005
Posts: 114
Congratulations ,

So, that is possible

SCJP in 2000 <br />SCWCD 1.4 in 2005 <br />Preparing for SCBCD 1.3<br />Eyeing SCEA at the same time ;) <br />A BIG fan of Head First Series, why was nothin like this available when I was in school
Francivalb Lima
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Joined: Feb 27, 2005
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MCP: Security, MCSA, MCAD Charter, MCSD, MCSD.NET, MCDBA<br />SCJP 1.4, SCMAD 1.0, SCJA 1.0, ICDA/ICAD - DB2 UDB V8.1<br />ICSD - WMQ V5.3
Hong Anderson
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Joined: Jul 05, 2005
Posts: 1936

SCJA 1.0, SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD 1.3, SCJP 5.0, SCEA 5, SCBCD 5; OCUP - Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced; IBM Certified Solution Designer - OOAD, vUML 2; SpringSource Certified Spring Professional
Seenu Reddy
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 108
Congrats! This is great achivement. keep it up!!!

Thanks,<br />Seenu<br />SCJP1.4,SCBCD1.3,Next-->SCWCD1.4
Mohamed Shafi
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Joined: Apr 18, 2005
Posts: 119
Awesome score thangvu ...

Keep it up!!!

Regards,<br /> <br />Shafi.
Rizwan Mohammad
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Joined: Sep 02, 2005
Posts: 445
Great score thangvu. Congrats.
Celebrete your success.

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