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Passed Part 1 - 89% (my comments)

 
Jimmy Wang
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Hi folks!
I took the Java Architect exam for Part 1, and I passed with the score of 89%. Here is the breakdown:
Concepts 83%
Common Architectures 83%
Legacy Architectures 100%
EJB 88%
EJB Container Model 100%
Protocols 100%
Applicability of J2EE 100%
Design Patterns 100%
Messaging 66%
Internationalization 100%
Security 50%

The exam
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I found the exam to be extremely wordy, and not too many code examples. The verbose questions are usually the architecture ones. The best way to handle those is to draw a picture and jot down the key words (such as Corba, secure, https, mainframe). It organizes the info logically; so, it will help you in determining the answer.
I had only 2 questions on applet security. I studied security intensely, but could not answer one of them.
I think the main design patterns on the test were iterator, observer, state, proxy, factory, and adaptor.
For UML, make sure you know what is composition vs aggregation, generalization and realization. Also, if you see a UML diagram that you can express the diagram in a sentence.
Of course, the most important are EJB's. But it is not that difficult.
How I prepared
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To gain knowledge in EJB's, I read the "Mastering EJB's" by Ed Roman. It is a very good book. O'Reilly's "Enterprise JAvaBeans" by Monson-Hafael is just as good.
Once I was done reading the book, I went through John W's notes (John's notes is at http://www.javaranch.com/scealinks.jsp). Basically, I took a few weeks time reading the notes over and over again until I literally memorized it.
Then, I took the mock exams. I thought Ian Anderson's and Sanjay's exam were the best. (I cannot find the Ian's link right now. Sanjay's link is at http://groups.yahoo.com/scea_prep). They really drilled the fundamentals. Make sure you go over the exams several times till you are perfectly clear. Ian's exam is very similiar to the straight forward portion of the real exam. But once you have mastered the fundamentals, you should not have any problems

Jimmy
 
Ricardo Cortes
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Congratulations and thanks for your feedback...
 
Hari babu
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Hi,
Congrats!!. What material did you use for Legacy connectivity, because thats the one area which i dont feel comfortable. Any suggestions ?
Thanks
Hari
[ August 05, 2002: Message edited by: Hari babu ]
 
Arfoo Huang
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Congratulations!
Where can I find John's notes? The link on javaranch.com is not working. Thanks.
 
Mandy Yan
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Congratulations!
I just start to prepare the SCEA exam. However, I cannot access John W's notes from the link you specified. Also, the mock exam cannot be found. Would you mind telling me where I can download the notes and mock exams?
Thank you very much!
[ August 05, 2002: Message edited by: Mandy Yan ]
 
kenkin you
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the same to me
 
Ian B Anderson
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Congratulations Jimmy!
Great score and good luck with part II and III.
Ian
 
Byron Estes
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You said "jot down"....
Obviously that implies you can at least take in a single sheet of paper and a pencil to allow you to work out some problems visually (...or just organize the data from the question).
I'm taking the test on Thursday, what can you take into the test room with you?
Thanks,
 
Jimmy Wang
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Hi. Let me answer one question at a time.

1) What items may you take to the exam room? Bring your own pens/pencils. The testing facility will supply you with the paper.
 
Jimmy Wang
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2. Where iare the mock exams?
Go here ---->
1. http://www.ianswebpage.com/cert/index.htm
2. http://groups.yahoo.com/scea_j2ee
Then, go to the Files section, and search thru there.
 
Jimmy Wang
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4. How to study for legacy architecture?
Do Ian Anderson's mock exam on legacy architecture(link to the page provided above). Keep on doing it until you have memorized everything. The legacy questions are based on knowing this.
 
Rong Chen
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I think the second link you provided should be http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scea_prep/
 
Bhuvan mehra
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Congratulations !
and thanks for ur detailed input.
best regards,
bhuvan mehra.
 
Sanjay Raghavan
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Congrats,
Great score and welcome to part II...
 
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