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Passed SCBCD with 87%

George Marinkovich
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Joined: Apr 15, 2003
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Recommendations for those studying for the SCBCD:

1. Head First EJB: Passing the Sun Certified Business Component Developer Exam, by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates. The one book I think you need to study for this certification. Contains a mock exam that is more difficult than the actual exam (primarily because the actual exam doesn't have the dreaded "choose all that apply" questions).

2. Free (with a quick mandatory registration) mock exam at
This is a superior mock exam site (they also have sites for the SCJP and SCWCD) which goes to show that, like javaranch itself, sometimes the best things in life _are_ free. After completing Head First EJB, I believe the "learning by testing" strategy at this site is very effective. I suggest studying each section first and then going back and studying any faults. Continue studying the faults until there aren't any more. Then take the difficult exam (20 of the most often missed questions). Then take the final exam. I scored 88% on the final mock exam and 87% on the actual exam.

3. Valentin Crettaz's SCBCD_Links.html and especially his amazing cheatsheets.html. The cheatsheets are the best study guide I've seen for the SBCBD, and again they (like javaranch and are free.

So, my sincere thanks to Kathy and Bert, the people, and Valentin Crettaz, who together made studying for the exam a very positive experience.

FWIW, my lowest scoring sections were:

Exceptions (60%) [should have studied Valentin's cheat sheet on exceptions some more]
Client View of a Session Bean (66%)
Component Contract for Container-Managed Persistence (CMP) (66%)

The minimum passing score when I took the test was 64%.

Regards, George
Terry Martinson
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Joined: Oct 18, 2003
Posts: 293
Congratulations George!


Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982

You did a cool job!!!

My lowest sections are:
EJB-QL (60%)
Transactions (80%)

I do feel EJB-QL is quite tricky, especially the DND type questions.

Anyway, a pass is a pass.

What's next?


SCJP 1.2, OCP 9i DBA, SCWCD 1.3, SCJP 1.4 (SAI), SCJD 1.4, SCWCD 1.4 (Beta), ICED (IBM 287, IBM 484, IBM 486), SCMAD 1.0 (Beta), SCBCD 1.3, ICSD (IBM 288), ICDBA (IBM 700, IBM 701), SCDJWS, ICSD (IBM 348), OCP 10g DBA (Beta), SCJP 5.0 (Beta), SCJA 1.0 (Beta), MCP(70-270), SCBCD 5.0 (Beta), SCJP 6.0, SCEA for JEE5 (in progress)
George Marinkovich
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Joined: Apr 15, 2003
Posts: 619
Originally posted by Nicholas Cheung:
What's next?

Hi Nick,

I missed the beta for SCDJWS, so I'll probably tackle the SCEA next.
Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982
I wanna go into SCEA long time ago, but as it is too old, I am still waiting for the new SCEA, as well as the beta exam for part I.

Jan Rotthaus
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Joined: Jun 23, 2004
Posts: 56
Congratulations George

And many thanks for your recommendations, I plan to start preparation for the SCBCD in the near future.


SCJP 1.4, SCJD, SCBCD 1.3, SCMAD 1.0
OCUP Fundamental
Vishwa Kumba
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Joined: Aug 27, 2003
Posts: 1064
Congratulations George!...
Now we know why we were missing you in the SCJD forum.
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