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Passed Part 1 - 89% (my comments)

Jimmy Wang

Joined: Jul 11, 2002
Posts: 8
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
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
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 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 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

Ricardo Cortes
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Joined: Jan 23, 2002
Posts: 140
Congratulations and thanks for your feedback...

Sun Certified J2EE Architect for the J2EE Platform (Part 1)<br />Sun Certified Web Component Developer for the J2EE Platform<br />Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform
Hari babu
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Joined: Jun 25, 2001
Posts: 208
Congrats!!. What material did you use for Legacy connectivity, because thats the one area which i dont feel comfortable. Any suggestions ?
[ August 05, 2002: Message edited by: Hari babu ]
Arfoo Huang
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Joined: Jul 30, 2002
Posts: 31
Where can I find John's notes? The link on is not working. Thanks.
Mandy Yan
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Joined: Jun 22, 2002
Posts: 36
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

Joined: Jul 22, 2002
Posts: 13
the same to me
Ian B Anderson
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Joined: Jun 26, 2001
Posts: 275
Congratulations Jimmy!
Great score and good luck with part II and III.
Byron Estes
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Joined: Feb 21, 2002
Posts: 313
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?

Byron Estes<br />Sun Certified Enterprise Architect<br />Senior Consulant<br />Blackwell Consulting Services<br />Chicago, IL<br /><a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a>
Jimmy Wang

Joined: Jul 11, 2002
Posts: 8
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

Joined: Jul 11, 2002
Posts: 8
2. Where iare the mock exams?
Go here ---->
Then, go to the Files section, and search thru there.
Jimmy Wang

Joined: Jul 11, 2002
Posts: 8
3. Where are John W.'s notes?
Jimmy Wang

Joined: Jul 11, 2002
Posts: 8
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

Joined: May 30, 2002
Posts: 2
I think the second link you provided should be
Bhuvan mehra
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Joined: Mar 29, 2002
Posts: 69
Congratulations !
and thanks for ur detailed input.
best regards,
bhuvan mehra.
Sanjay Raghavan
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Joined: May 14, 2002
Posts: 148
Great score and welcome to part II...

Sanjay Raghavan<br />SCJP2, SCEA-J2EE<br />Moderator - <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">SCEA PREP</a><br />Co-Author - <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">SCEA@Whiz</a><br /><i>Where did you sip your Java Today?</i>
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