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Wrote SCEA 5 (310-052) today (10/22)

 
Sohail Naseem
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Wrote SCEA 5 (Beta) today. There were 153 questions mostly scenario based. Thanks to all who provided feedback especially Flavio Oliva feedback was very very helpful.
 
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I wrote today too. Very tired
 
Baskar Tiruchy
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wrote the exam today...very tiring..thanks to cameron and flavio for their excellent comments abt the exam...

and my special thanks to vallejo for correcting my exam date from Nov15 to Oct 22..otherwise I would have missed SCEA 5 beta

felt like taking SCEA (earlier version) + SCWCD+SCBCD in one day continuously...
 
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I took the exam too. Happy it's done but tired as well.

Congrats, everybody!

Now comes the hard part... waiting.
 
S Kannababu
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Reading previous articles i thought 270 mins for 150 odd questions is an overkill. But having faced the ordeal today i found it difficult to manage within the time. The exam had a right mix and wide range of questions as suggested in previous posts. I felt the one that stood out was the Security related questions. I wasnt expecting to that level of detail.

Anyway i am happy its all over and the time starts to tick..... for the results. Bit tempted to give the current scea exam when the contents are fresh in mind.
 
Shapra Benglur
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I wrote the test today. Here are my impressions

* I feel the depth expected in JSF/JSP/Tags is a bit too much for an Architect level exam.
* Too much focus on J2EE patterns -- this is lock in. The exam should be renamed Sun Certified JEE architect.
* The current exam appears to have a nicer balance (design patterns, UML, architectural issues, etc)
* SCEA 5 Beta has some good, probing questions on security
* The scenarios were pretty good. For some questions, the "right" answer may be a bit subjective.
* 4 1/2 hours is overkill

Overall, I wasnt prepared. I may not even pass. But I thought the Beta was pretty easy. This baby needs some more balance and less Sun-Bias.
[ October 22, 2007: Message edited by: Shapra Benglur ]
 
arvin ramon
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I wrote my test today too... Very much tired from the test. But, glad it is all over.

Sat in the exam hall for 5 hours or so... Very tiring and it was sorta funny to see different folks come in and leave after taking test, you are still hanging around trying to complete the 153 questions.
 
jack Roy
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I was probably one of the few to take it on the last day, last slot� apart from the comments posted already, the message at the end of the test is a little disappointing. It indicates that the results will be posted 6 to 8 weeks after the results have been analyzed� so it could very well take more than 8 weeks!

They couldn�t display the result is fine but could have at least displayed how many were correct out of 153.

I only had so much to eat before the test and my stomach was rumbling halfway into the test. I also had a pounding headache by the third hour when I decided I couldn�t take it anymore. Out of the 50 odd marked items, I hardly reviewed first 10 and decided to call it a day.

I hope it works out well.
jR
 
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Yeah, it would have been nice to see some feedback, but I do understand why they don't.

I mean, say you got 70% of the questions right - you'd think you'd passed, right? But say they took half the questions you got right out of the exam pool. Then you'd only have 35% right and you'd fail!

They have to establish which questions stay, and which questions have to go before they can give you feedback. Frustrating? Yes. Understandable? Absolutely.

I mean, it was a free test. You've got to accept their rules.

-Cameron McKenzie
 
Jax Blunt
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Hi there

I took this exam on Friday, one of my colleagues took it yesterday. I'm not quite understanding how it can take 6-8 weeks to get the results back, as I don't see that would allow the 25 days day to do part II before the deadline for it.

Or am I missing something?

Not that I think I'm going on to part II, I was woefully underprepared

Jax
 
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my pleasure!
 
Burk Hufnagel
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Originally posted by Cameron McKenzie:
Yeah, it would have been nice to see some feedback, but I do understand why they don't.

I mean, say you got 70% of the questions right - you'd think you'd passed, right? But say they took half the questions you got right out of the exam pool. Then you'd only have 35% right and you'd fail!


Makes absolute sense to me - after all that's why they're letting so many of us take the exam for free. With a large sample, they can determine which questions are too easy, too hard, poorly worded (you did add comments when appropriate, didn't you) and figure out which questions to keep.

The thing I didn't like is the style of questions where you have to pick n right answers (the ones with the check boxes) - doing it that way makes the question much tougher to answer correctly. Here's why - if you have to pick 5 right answers and get one wrong then you fail that question (100%) but if you have five separate questions and get one wrong you got 80% right.

Opinions?
 
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