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SCEA Part 1 cleared 95%

Jeff Belisle
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Joined: Jun 11, 2006
Posts: 39
Cleared SCEA part 1 exam just now.
scored 46/48.

Concepts, Common Arch, Legacy, EJB Container, Protocols, applicability of J2EE, Messagin, I18n, Security: All 100%

Design Patern: 80%
EJB: 88%

Phew!! Now off to part 2.

Does Sun send some type of cert after passing Part1?
Meenakshi Iyer

Joined: Nov 15, 2004
Posts: 17
Hi Jeff,
Hearty Congrats. Great Score.What Simulator did you use?
I am using Whiz labs. Did you use Whizlabs at all for your preparation.

If you used Whiz labs, Is it of any help to you?

What material did you use for EJBs? What did you use for II8N, Protocols
and Common Archs.

If you have not used Whiz labs what else di you use?

Are the Mock Exams helpful? Any other tips or suggestions for preparation?

Shapra Benglur
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Joined: Oct 12, 2006
Posts: 32
The yahoo group scea-j2ee appears to have some good material (notes, tips, experiences, etc)
wise owen
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Mat Williams
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Joined: Jul 20, 2005
Posts: 215
HI ya Jeff,

Well done - that is a great score

Jeff Belisle
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Joined: Jun 11, 2006
Posts: 39
Thanks guys!!!

The simulator posted by "Piotr" in an earlier post was pretty good.

Yes, I did WhizLabs but its nothing more than a load of crap. Its questions are ambiguous and frustrated me to no end. I failed in 4 of them and managed just 34 in 2 of the others. But WhizLabs notes are good, you can refer to them.

I found Good for EJB Tx and states. Pretty concise. For Design Patterns I referred to Wikipedia :-)

Also I had a soft copy of McGrawHill book, which helped me in I18N. If you want to start ground up that book is good.

Let me know, If I can help in any way.
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Floyd Stephen

Joined: Oct 30, 2006
Posts: 6
congratulations Jeff Belisle
Meenakshi Iyer

Joined: Nov 15, 2004
Posts: 17
Hi Jeff,
Thanks for all the Valuable Inputs.Thanks for offering to help.
I sincerely appreciate if you can suggest whether i am following the
right approach.

Here is my long story.

I started for preparing for SCEA Part1 2 Years back studied for some
time but due to personal problems could not move forward. Tried this
again an year back and again due to personal issues gave up.

This time i am determined to clear this Exam.But i am very confused
and feel less confident because of my previous experiences.

I failed thrice in Whizlabs Exams 2 weeks back and i am now getting 34 or 35.

I took First test 2 weeks
back and failed in the test.

Then i started preparing more seriously from Yahoo sites Mark cade's book

Here is my strategy for my exam. Prepare Yahoo Material from SCEA Links
thoroughly. Do Whiz lab Test every alternate day and Save the Second Test for some time next week and based on the Score move for the Exam.

The reason why i want to do the test next week is
i want to get a realistic assesment of myself before taking the exam.

Is my approach alright.

Can you please give me some tips. Because i feel terribly confused. Reading
a lot but not staying focussed. Want to get this done asap.

Thanks for all the help. I apologize for the lengthy mail.

Meenakshi Iyer

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Mat Williams
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Joined: Jul 20, 2005
Posts: 215
Hi Meenakshi,

I know you asked Jeff and not me but here is my 2c's worth.
I agree with Jeff about Whizlabs - I used them on another certification and found so many bugs in their questions that they sent me several revised question databases, so I have refused to use them since

I found the exams helpful but only as a guide. I was getting passing scores on most of the mocks I did, but I did fail some.

When I sat for the real exam I was quite sick and feeling awful but I still managed to get in the mid 80's for it. So I don't think the mocks are more than a rough guide at best.

My rule of thumb is to find a book that the exam authors have at least helped to write, and go with the questions in the book. If you are understaing what the book says and getting the questions right, or at least understaning why you got them wrong, then you are probably on par to pass the exam.

Some advice that Bert Bates gave on another forum last year some time was to attempt to answer questions that others post on this forum. That will help you to understand where you are at in comparison with others. Also people often post a lot just before doing the exam, trying to understand the last of the things that puzzel them. You can use this to see the sorts of questions that people have had, and then see the scores they got when they did the exam, as most people usually post this too, this will give you a rough guide of where you are at.

Hope this helps,

Meenakshi Iyer

Joined: Nov 15, 2004
Posts: 17
Thanks for the valuable input Matt. It looks like i should focus more on the book and Material and getting better understanding of concepts
that on just the Mock Tests.

Will try to focus on getting the concepts straight in my head.

Thanks again.
Meenakshi Iyer.
Fabiano G. Souza

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Jeff Belisle
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Joined: Jun 11, 2006
Posts: 39
I couldn't have said it better than Matt.

Simluators and questions will help you baseline after you have the concepts assimilated.
Eddy Lee Sin Ti
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Flying colour result. Congrats.

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SV Rao

Joined: Sep 13, 2004
Posts: 15
Hello Meenakshi,

You have written appropriately that instead of banking on mock exams its better to concentrate on concepts. Even I am preparing for the SCEA Part 1 and doing the same. In case of any interesting questions you come across during preparation then please post it here for discussion.

S V Rao
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