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Passed SCEA Part 1 with 85%

Tomasz Luchowski
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Joined: Sep 16, 2004
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Hello,

Just want to share my joy - I passed the first part of SCEA (multiple-choice exam) today with 85%. What is funny is that I missed points in the areas I was confident I knew thoroughly, and scored 100% in some that I don't have that much experience with (e.g. Messaging). Anyway, I'm eager to start preparing for part II right now.

Best luck to all the Ranchers!

Cheers,
Tomasz


Tomasz Luchowski<br />SCJP, SCBCD, SCWCD, SCEA part 1
kishore chitturi
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Joined: Nov 28, 2004
Posts: 50
Hi Tom,
Congrats for got good score.
regards
kishore
Vaithiya Sundaram
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Joined: Apr 22, 2004
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Congrats Tom,
I am planning to take this exam in few days.
Can you tell me your exam experience in more detail?
In EJB how the questions are asked? it is there at conceptual level?
or at programming level? how was the security,common architecture and design patterns?
Can you tell which particular area the questions come from?

Thanks
Vaithiya


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Tong Chen
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congratulations!


Tong Chen (Seattle USA)<br />SCJP,SCWCD,SCDJWS,IBM XML,MCP.NET,MCAD.NET,MCSD.NET
Tomasz Luchowski
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Joined: Sep 16, 2004
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Originally posted by Vaithiya Sundaram:
Congrats Tom,
I am planning to take this exam in few days.
Can you tell me your exam experience in more detail?
In EJB how the questions are asked? it is there at conceptual level?
or at programming level? how was the security,common architecture and design patterns?
Can you tell which particular area the questions come from?

Thanks
Vaithiya



In EJB the questions I got were on somewhat "high" level - I wasn't expected to know the particular methods you need to put into home/remote interface, but be able to tell the difference between stateful/stateless session beans and what differences there are in the way container treats them (what is suitable under given circumstances, etc). Make sure you understand the passivation mechanism.

Regarding security, I felt the questions were somewhat vague. Given some requirements, you were to decide securing which data was more of importance - which I felt could be interpreted differently, depending on how you understand some business rules. I actually got these questions wrong

Common architecture related questions were very close to what you can find in most mock exam questions, it wasn't very difficult once you get used to general concepts.

Design patterns - here again I have encountered questions that I felt could be answered differently and both answers would be correct, depending on how you would justify your choice. Make sure you understand what patterns relates to some concepts in EJB - e.g. what could the job that the container performs be summarized in design patterns terms, etc.

I was somewhat surprised when I got a lot of UML questions - make sure you know every type of diagram - I feel that sample questions you can find on the net don't stress enough the importance of this objective, most of the time you'd find there really simple class/object diagram sample, whereas on the real exam you are expected to know a lot more.

Make sure to rest well before the exam - some questions are really long and you need to take into account every single detail.

Good luck!

Tomasz Luchowski

SCJP, SCBCD, SCWCD, SCEA part 1
[ February 26, 2005: Message edited by: Tomasz Luchowski ]
Vaithiya Sundaram
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Thanks a lot Tom.


e.g. what could the job that the container performs be summarized in design patterns terms,
Vaithiya Sundaram
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Thanks a lot Tom.

e.g. what could the job that the container performs be summarized in design patterns terms,


with minimum resources providing services to lot of clients.
I think it is a Flyweight Pattern? am i right?

I was somewhat surprised when I got a lot of UML questions - make sure you know every type of diagram


what kind of questions? like with given diagram point out what kind of diagram is this? or benefits of each diagram? or each part of each diagram how it works like that? is the below link is enought for UML? or should i go through UML distilled thoroughly?
http://community.borland.com/article/0,1410,31863,00.html

Thanks a lot again!
Vaithiya
Tomasz Luchowski
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Joined: Sep 16, 2004
Posts: 15
Originally posted by Vaithiya Sundaram:
Thanks a lot Tom.



what kind of questions? like with given diagram point out what kind of diagram is this? or benefits of each diagram? or each part of each diagram how it works like that? is the below link is enought for UML? or should i go through UML distilled thoroughly?
http://community.borland.com/article/0,1410,31863,00.html

Thanks a lot again!
Vaithiya


I don't want to reveal too much, but I am pretty sure that the above URL contains enough information and you're safe if you learn concepts covered there :-) Questions are not *too* detailed, but make sure you can tell apart different types of diagrams and understand concepts such as multiplicity, aggregation, etc.

Regarding the design patterns question - make sure you understand concepts e.g. that container acts as a Decorator, because it adds services like transactions, security, etc. These are rather easy ones if you understand the GoF patterns, do not worry too much about these.

Cheers
Vaithiya Sundaram
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Joined: Apr 22, 2004
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Thanks a lot Tom.
Your reply is very helpful.

Thanks
Vaithiya
Tomasz Luchowski
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Originally posted by Vaithiya Sundaram:
Thanks a lot Tom.
Your reply is very helpful.

Thanks
Vaithiya


Good luck! Let me know how is goes.

Cheers,
Tomasz
Vaithiya Sundaram
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Hi Tom,
I passed part1 exam last saturday with 91%.
Thanks a lot for your suggestions.

Vaithiya
Tomasz Luchowski
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Joined: Sep 16, 2004
Posts: 15
Originally posted by Vaithiya Sundaram:
Hi Tom,
I passed part1 exam last saturday with 91%.
Thanks a lot for your suggestions.

Vaithiya


Congratulations, that's brilliant score!

What are you using to prepare for part 2? I haven't started my preparation yet.

Cheers,
Tomasz
[ March 07, 2005: Message edited by: Tomasz Luchowski ]
Vaithiya Sundaram
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Joined: Apr 22, 2004
Posts: 98
Hi Tom,
I am not going to start part2 now.
I am planning for a vacation, so I think I would start after 2 months.

I will keep in touch with you when I start my part2 exam.
vijay Mamilla
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Joined: Dec 29, 2004
Posts: 94
Congrats

I am planning to prepare for this exam. Have you referred any books?

Thanks,
Vijay

[ March 18, 2005: Message edited by: vj reddy ]
[ March 18, 2005: Message edited by: vj reddy ]
Vaithiya Sundaram
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Vijay
Please have a look at my post, you may find some info:
http://www.coderanch.com/t/153238/java-Architect-SCEA/certification/Passed-scea-part-comments
vijay Mamilla
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