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Passed SCEA Part I with 97%

Shogo Ito

Joined: Jun 10, 2004
Posts: 25
I'm happy to report I passed the part I today with 97% (47/48). Many thanks to everyone --special thanks to the Web masters-- for putting usuful stuff/links together for an easy access.

I found the following to be very helpful in prep.
  • Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide by Mark Cade, Simon Roberts - Not enough detail, but get you started and give you a direction
  • Head First Ejb: Passing the Sun Certified Business Component Developer Exam (Brain-Friendly Study Guides) by Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates - Very fun book.
  • Sun's JMS Tutorial
  • Introduction to Public-Key Cryptography by Netscape
  • Whizlabs' exam simulator

  • I felt the Whizlabs was quite comparable to the actual exam. This simulator has lots of unclear questions and "I don't agree" answers. I took the practice 1 to find out where I am and then took the rest in the final week of prep. This simulator lets you customize questions e.g. all questions for EJB. I found this quite useful for a final review section by section.


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    Malay Thakkar
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    Joined: Jun 22, 2000
    Posts: 52
    Congratulations!!! its a great score.
    Nicholas Cheung
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    Joined: Nov 07, 2003
    Posts: 4982

    You did a cool job!


    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)
    Ramon Gill
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    Joined: May 15, 2003
    Posts: 344
    great score! well done.
    Mohamed Hatem

    Joined: Apr 24, 2004
    Posts: 4
    Hi, Great score.
    Can you please share with us more about your experience in the exam. The preparation material. Is there any topics to read outside the documents you have mentioned.
    Also what about the Sun certified enterprise architect user guide book is it good?
    Mohamed Hatem
    SCJP, SCWCD, preparing for SCEA phase I
    Shogo Ito

    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 25

    My list lacks the coverage on UML/Design Patterns. I've been using them for some time and did not need much prep except for the ones I never used such as Visitor, Prototype, etc. I think one can focus on the patterns that often appear in Java/J2EE.

    Design Patterns in Java - Reference and Example Site was useful.

    Are you refering to the book from Osborne/McGraw-Hill? If so, I didn't use it at all as quite few pointed out that it has some points wrong.

    The first simulator revealed what I was weak, and I focused my study on them. In the final week of prep, I focused on my test-taking strategy. e.g. keeping a track of the number of confident/not-sure/no-clue questions, which question to go back, etc. You pile up 33 confident answers and can relax :-)

    Good luck
    [ July 01, 2004: Message edited by: Shogo Ito ]
    Dave Cronin
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    Joined: Apr 25, 2003
    Posts: 114
    Congratulations - a very good score. I would agree the Mark Cade book is useful, but only as a starting point. There is no one book that covers this exam. However, general IT knowledge gained from working in IT would also help, together with reading books around syllabus topics.

    Dave Cronin
    Marcos Maia
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    Joined: Jan 06, 2001
    Posts: 977
    Originally posted by Shogo Ito:

    Design Patterns in Java - Reference and Example Site was useful.

    [ July 01, 2004: Message edited by: Shogo Ito ]

    I was looking for something with good samples on all patterns, tanks.
    Gerald Davis
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    Joined: May 15, 2002
    Posts: 872
    A lot of new fangled certification is available since I was a boy 2 years ago, like the Web Components Cert, so I am ganna check them out. By the way Congratulation, 97% is a very good score, but it�s not ganna be as good as mine, oyahh
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