It's not that close, but still has enough value to finish it. At least, you may capture about 70~80% concepts. Fortunately, in the real exam, there's no controversial questions like some in Whizlabs simulator. I found the scope of "few" questions was not covered in the book and the simulator, but I think it's alright. At least, I got 85% at Part I. You must be able to do it better than me.
[ August 18, 2005: Message edited by: Kuo-Feng Sun ]
I found that Whizlabs simulator was so far away from the real exam that it was a potential disaster area! I used the Whizlabs simulator for the entry exam and quickly discovered that I had to use much more knowledge that was not within the scope of the Whizlabs simulator.
Buy a very good book on various types of architecture along with the Mastering EJB book. Use the Whizlabs to get to a certain level but try and go much further. I was getting 95-98% in the Whizlabs exams but that meant very little in the real exam.
Ian Roberts<br />Application Architect<br />SCJP, SCJD, SCEA, OCUP Fundamental
I agree with Roberts that Whizlabs is far away from the real exam, i'll recommand reading : -"Designing enterprise applications with javaJ2EE 2nd edition Sun" (a pdf free download from Sun web site, it's, as said a rancher: "the Sun Bible for J2EE"). -GoF Design patterns: Elements of reusable object-oriented software
Marie Pierre SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD,SCEA 1, ICED, MCAD, CCNA
Joined: Dec 16, 2004
Marie is right. If I remember, I studied quite a bit from the Sun design book and also from the Sun Applied Java Patterns, which is a bit easier to read than the GoF book and provides Java source code if you struggle on some of the concepts. I also referred to the Sun Blueprints J2EE Technology in Practise - but I think that is now out of print and was not crucial just supplementary knowledge.
The GoF based patterns definitely played a big part in the exam I took and also applicability and use of J2EE. Also included were some architectural patterns e.g. pipes and filters, hub etc.
Some people find the exam hard (like me) while others quite easy.