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Passed Part I - 85%

Chris Tree
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Joined: Apr 10, 2007
Posts: 3
Hi

I've just cleared SCEA part 1 with 85% today:

Section analysis
Concepts .................... 100%
Common Architectures ........ 66%
Legacy Connectivity ......... 100%
EJB ......................... 100%
EJB Container Model ......... 75%
Protocols ................... 100%
Applicability of J2EE ....... 66%
Design Patterns ............. 60%
Messaging ................... 100%
Internalization ............. 100%
Security .................... 50%

Steps in preparation:
1. Exact reading of Cade's book
2. Fast reading of Allen's book: I've just taken this book to have another reference about all necessary scea topics. Unfortunatelly this book is quite boring to read (especially chapter Legacy systems)
3. HF EJB
4. UML distilled by Fowler
5. All Whizlabs Scea Mockup exams
6. Available summaries as Developerworks Java certification success Scea (very good for final brush up), Pete Morgan's Notes, etc.
7. Mockup tests from yahoo's scea group and other online mockup tests as moelholm.com

Look especially for mockup tests which include architecture diagrams
(not only UML diagrams; only mockup tests with UML diagrams are available in Whizlabs scea) and for mockup questions (legacy system, applicability of j2ee, etc.) which have a huge description (I've almost run out of time because of these questions!)

I was a silent reader of this forum which helped me a lot to pass the exam. Thank you

Regards
Chris
[ April 10, 2007: Message edited by: Chris Tree ]
rania ferrag
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Joined: Feb 04, 2004
Posts: 88
Congratulation Chris !! Well Done
Can you please give us links for Good mock test online (beside yahoo and moelholm.com ) that you find interesting ?

Thank you so much in advance for your answer !!
Regards,

Rania
Chris Tree
Greenhorn

Joined: Apr 10, 2007
Posts: 3
Perhaps http://www.geekinterview.com/question_details/5890 is another one. But Whizlabs + yahoo scea + moelholm gave be about 1500 questions. For me that was enough
rania ferrag
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Joined: Feb 04, 2004
Posts: 88
Thank you so much Chris for your answer !! yes definitely 1500 questions are more than enough
Question for you please, for whizlabs, did you bought the package from http://www.epractizelabs.com ?

For the legacy Systems, where is the best reference can be reviewed for the exam, beside the Paul Allen Book ? I didn�t yet review this section, and have to do it soon (I have Mark Cade book )...

Thanks again in advance for your answer

Rania
Srinivasa Suresh
Greenhorn

Joined: Oct 17, 2006
Posts: 8
Chris,
Congratulations !!!. Can you please tell me how much you used to score on Whizlabs mocks ? Can you compare the difficulty level with actual exam? This helps me a lot. Thanks for your time.
Deepak Bala
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Congrats !


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Manish S Malhotra
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Joined: Jan 19, 2007
Posts: 61
Congrats Chris !!
You have done a very good job man.

I have links of almost all the free mock exams available on net.
I haven't bought any one, is the free mock exams are enough or its very necessary to give the paid one.
And what score you use to get in the practice exams and what about the toughness of the actual exam compare to these free mock exams.

And please share the notes as the summaries for final brush up.

Thanks in advance for your reply and again Congrats....

Regards,
Manish


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Chris Tree
Greenhorn

Joined: Apr 10, 2007
Posts: 3
I've bought the whizlabs suite. Usually I've scored 75%. The questions there are prettiy similar to the real one, but as far as I remember there were no identical ones.
I suggest whizlabs suite (or probably there are other standalone applications that can be recommended ??) because you can more or less count on the correct answers they provide and there are at least small explanations about the correct or wrong answers (even sometimes a little bit disappointing)
In my case I've used the free available mocks when I had the feeling that I was ready for the real test. Usually I could find answers for these mocks but very often they were wrong and often it was quite time consuming to prove that I was on the right track with my answers.

For legacy systems I suggest (as P. Cook) to look for mocks about this topic and just try to get the idea behind it. This was actually one of the hardest topics to learn.

Regards
Chris
[ April 15, 2007: Message edited by: Chris Tree ]
Pradeep Chopra
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Joined: Feb 21, 2003
Posts: 86
Congratulations Chris on your succcess. We are glad to have contributed to your success and thanks for your feedback.

We are soon launching a new version of our preparation kit!

Best wishes,
Pradeep


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rania ferrag
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Joined: Feb 04, 2004
Posts: 88
Hi Chris !

Thank you for the detailed response regarding the mock test ..actually some said they had use epractizelabs, and other like you had use Whizlabs mock test ... I beleive both are good ...I think I'll go with whizlad as you said there is less confusion or we can count on the answers ...

Thank again for your suggestions,

My Best Regards,

Rania
Mahesh Desai
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Joined: Apr 04, 2007
Posts: 76
Congrats Chris!!

Manish S Malhotra
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Joined: Jan 19, 2007
Posts: 61
Hi Chris,

I'm planning to appear for the SCEA Part I may be next 2 next week

Is there any questions specific to EJB2.0 in the exam which you have given because I think in this forum who have given this exam recently.

And any other questions which are of the higher versions from the version which are specified in the SCEA links in JavaRanch.

And any questions directly related to the code of core or J2EE, means examiner is asking that how this code snippet behaves or work?

Regards,
Manish
 
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