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Passed SCBCD 5.0 exam with 91%

Marcin Skrzek
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Joined: Oct 19, 2005
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I`ve passed SCBCD 5.0 exam yesterday with 56/61 correct answers. I strongly recommend these three positions:
1/ EJB 3 in Action
2/ Mikalai Zaikin`s "SCBCD 5.0 Study guide"
3/ Enthuware EJBPlus V5 Simulator

I`ve started to prepeare for the exam exactly two months ago, having no earlier knowledge or experience with EJB 3. The first problem I had to solve was lack of the "Head First EJB 3" book on the market I`ve spent plenty of time searching topics in this forum to find out which is better - o reilly`s "Enterprise Java Beans 3.0 5th" edditions or Manning`s "EJB 3 in Action". Even though many peaple have written, EJB 3 in Action is too introductory book, I don`t regret from today perspective, I`ve decided for this position. In my opinion this is excellent book for people (like me) new to the EJB 3.0 technology. It`s maybe not enough for the exam, but gives good understanding of things. Beginning from basics to more advanced topics, this book LEARNS and not only lists features from specs. What I`ve liked a lot about this book was also describing EJB 3 topics in wider context. F.e. before MDB`s where described, there was great introduction to JMS architecture. At the moments, the book went even beyond EJB 3, like in the great chapter about EJB3 and Spring integration (That even inspired me to use Spring-based Entity Access Objects in my company). Comming back to main topic "EJB 3 in Action" gave me very good knowledge about EJB 3 and helped to understand things, not only memorize.
After reading the book I`ve tried "Enthuware EJBPlus V5" mock exams for the first time scoring 64% (39/61). The questions I failed, were not covered in book, but there were rather details. That`s why I`ve mentioned earlier this book is not enough for the exam. So I started to read Mikalai Zaikin`s "SCBCD 5.0 Study guide" to learn more advanced things. This guide is also great, covers almost everything on the exam, but I can`t imagine to start with it - it`s to hard for beginners. After having read Mikalai`s guide I`ve tried Enthuware tests again with following scores: 79%, 74%, 79% and 81% in final exam. Enthuware Simulator is the third material I must recommend - I`ve found 8 questions on real exam, very similar to the ones in simulator!!! The style of questions in the exam is also very similar. Despite my score I think SCBCD 5 is very hard exam and you really need some time of preparations to score well. Especially, that there is no single HeadFirst-style book to just-read-and-pass. But I`m sure, the three positions I meant are enough.


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Gaurav Gambhir
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Marcin Many Many Congratulations
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Congrats!

Thanks for sharing your experience.


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pavi
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Hi Marcin

congrats

Thanks for your Kind Suggestions for the books to read.Please tell me whether it is enough to read chapters 1 to 11 in ejb in action book for the exam preparation.

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can you please mention the site where we can download Enthuware EJBPlus V5 Simulator
Mikalai Zaikin
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Well done !!!


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Benoît de Chateauvieux
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Hi Marcin,

It's a very good score !
Congrats !!!


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Alim Atar
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Joined: Oct 06, 2006
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Hi Marcin,

Many Congratulations

I am also new to EJB world and I am using following study material
1:Specifications Core and Persistence.
2:Enthuware simulator.
3 rielly EJB 3
4:MZ Notes

Is this sufficient or should i go for EJB in Action and Whizlab simulator also?
As you mentioned you have used EJB in Action and Enthuware but did you feel that you should use Orielly EJB3 and Whizlab also?
Please reply

Thanks and Regards,
Alim


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Alim

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Marcin Skrzek
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Thanks for Your kind words

latha,
I would suggest to read chapters 1-12, 13.1, 14.1 and quickly look at chapter 15. And don`t forget to read advanced topics f.e. in Mikalai`s study guide.
Simulator is available here:

Alim,
I don`t know O`reilly book, so I can`t tell anything about it, but after reading a few posts in this forum i think it must be sufficient. For me it was just too boring, and style of "EJB 3 in action" book seems more interesting for me, but it`s my point of view.
Do I feel I should use Oreilly and Whizlabs also? Well, I think one book is enough to get familiar with EJB 3 concepts. Nevertheless you need something else - I`ve chosen Mikalai`s guide, but specs are also good. I just had neither enough time for specs, nor enough money for Whizlabs tests
Alim Atar
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Hi Beno�t,
Thanks for reply.
Regards,
Alim
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Congrats!!


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Congratulations!

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John Donoghue
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Thanks for sharing you experience.
Congratulations!!


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nandy desikan
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Joined: Apr 02, 2007
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Hii Marcin,
Congratulations on successfully completing the SCBCD 5.0 certification. For the books you used to prepare, do you have any download links so that I can download these ebooks if available.

I am planning to take up this certification at the earliest.
Thanks,


Originally posted by Marcin Skrzek:
I`ve passed SCBCD 5.0 exam yesterday with 56/61 correct answers. I strongly recommend these three positions:
1/ EJB 3 in Action
2/ Mikalai Zaikin`s "SCBCD 5.0 Study guide"
3/ Enthuware EJBPlus V5 Simulator

I`ve started to prepeare for the exam exactly two months ago, having no earlier knowledge or experience with EJB 3. The first problem I had to solve was lack of the "Head First EJB 3" book on the market I`ve spent plenty of time searching topics in this forum to find out which is better - o reilly`s "Enterprise Java Beans 3.0 5th" edditions or Manning`s "EJB 3 in Action". Even though many peaple have written, EJB 3 in Action is too introductory book, I don`t regret from today perspective, I`ve decided for this position. In my opinion this is excellent book for people (like me) new to the EJB 3.0 technology. It`s maybe not enough for the exam, but gives good understanding of things. Beginning from basics to more advanced topics, this book LEARNS and not only lists features from specs. What I`ve liked a lot about this book was also describing EJB 3 topics in wider context. F.e. before MDB`s where described, there was great introduction to JMS architecture. At the moments, the book went even beyond EJB 3, like in the great chapter about EJB3 and Spring integration (That even inspired me to use Spring-based Entity Access Objects in my company). Comming back to main topic "EJB 3 in Action" gave me very good knowledge about EJB 3 and helped to understand things, not only memorize.
After reading the book I`ve tried "Enthuware EJBPlus V5" mock exams for the first time scoring 64% (39/61). The questions I failed, were not covered in book, but there were rather details. That`s why I`ve mentioned earlier this book is not enough for the exam. So I started to read Mikalai Zaikin`s "SCBCD 5.0 Study guide" to learn more advanced things. This guide is also great, covers almost everything on the exam, but I can`t imagine to start with it - it`s to hard for beginners. After having read Mikalai`s guide I`ve tried Enthuware tests again with following scores: 79%, 74%, 79% and 81% in final exam. Enthuware Simulator is the third material I must recommend - I`ve found 8 questions on real exam, very similar to the ones in simulator!!! The style of questions in the exam is also very similar. Despite my score I think SCBCD 5 is very hard exam and you really need some time of preparations to score well. Especially, that there is no single HeadFirst-style book to just-read-and-pass. But I`m sure, the three positions I meant are enough.
Kamalakannan Rajamathivanan
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Joined: Jun 02, 2008
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Hi,

Can anyone share the PDF for Mikalai Zaikin`s "SCBCD 5.0 Study guide".

Thanks


Thanks,
Kamalakannan.
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Ashwini Ghamandi
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Joined: Jun 01, 2006
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Congratulations !!!


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