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SCJA preparation

T Zaman

Joined: Oct 31, 2005
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Hello guys,
I passed SCJP 5.0 last week and want to SCJA soon. I need help preparing for the exam. First of all, how to prepare for the exam? Can anybody tell me which book and study material should I follow.
Secondly, how long should I prepare before appearing to the exam.


SCJP 5.0 SCWCD 5.0
Kristin Stromberg
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Are you confusing SCJA (java associate) with SCEA (enterprise architect)? The SCJA is an entry-level exam - if you're already SCJP, you really don't need it.
Peter Rooke
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SCJA Yahoo Group

Regards Pete
Dibbo Khan
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The SCJA is actually quite easy. If you are an SCJP you only need to know a few things to pass this exam.

Basic UML, there is a free guide for this and a link to it from the SCJA objectives on the Sun Web site.

And secondly, a very high level understanding only of what the J2EE and J2ME spec involves.

What Servlets are for??? What EJBs are for and which layer they are in???
JMS and so forth.

I took the beta of this exam with minimal preparation and passed it comfortably.

I do think you need to know about methods of the String class, but that should be simple for you.

MCPD (Enterprise Application Developer, Windows Developer, Web Developer - .NET 2.0), MCTS (Windows Apps, Web Apps and Disbributed Applications - .NET 2.0), MCITP (Database Developer & Business Intelligence Developer - SQL Server 2005), MCAD,, SCJP 5, SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD, SCMAD, SCDJWS, SCJA
Paul Anilprem
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A new mock exam is now available for SCJA preparation : Enthuware's JAss+

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Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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SCJA Certification Guide by Cameron McKenzie

SCJA: The Exam Questions - Over 250 Simulated Exam Questions

There's also five or six free, mock exams at

If you're already SCJP certified, the Java syntax sections will be a breeze. However, the syntax stuff is really a small part of the exam. The biggest part of the exam is demonstrating a well rounded knowledge of all Java based technologies, from Midlets to Servlets, from profiles to JNDI. The SCJA really needs to be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of when and where to use Java technologies, as opposed to simply knowing how to code them

Good Luck!

-Cameron McKenzie
Barry Gaunt
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If you are SCJP 1.5 then forget SCJA. Sun developed SCJA as an entry level certification targeted at non-programmers and non-developers. Move on up to one of the other certifications.
[ December 10, 2006: Message edited by: Barry Gaunt ]

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