Today I took the SCBCD certification exam and passed missing only one of the questions (it was one on EJB 3.0 fundamentals).
I have began preparation in June, so it took me 4 months and a half more or less. I began preparation reading O'Reilly's book but continued by going through the specs. I don't know how to stress it properly, but reading the specs is fundamental for this exam. Some of the questions on it are taken directly from paragraphs of the specs. I would recommend people preparing for the SCBCD certification to at least read chapters 3 (not necessarily EJB 2.1 client view part), 4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 of the ejb core specification, chapter 9 from the ejb simplified specification and chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 of the ejb persistence specification. I have read the mentioned chapters at least twice and in some cases thrice or more. Really!
For practicing, while I was reading O'Reilly's book I used JBoss but as soon I started reading the specifications I changed for Glassfish. I would recommend people to use the latter, as it is the reference implementation.
Finally, I finished my preparation by doing Enthuware's mocks. I'd say this was a very important part of my preparation. My impression is that the real exam is a little bit easier than these mocks (I scored 77 in the first two, 80 in the third and fourth and 85 in the 'last day' test).
I also wanted to thank the people in this forum that helped me answering my doubts.
Did you take the Sun's Free Assesment test? If yes, how much was the score? I couldn't do well in that. I need to know the answers since this test does not tell at the end which one you attempted wrong/right. These are really good questions. Please try it and share the results with the ranchers as you have good grasp per my observations. There are 30 questions. If somebody else tries, please share the answers.
Hiii... I want to know that is it ok to go for ejb2.0. if NO. then which book i should prefer.I have knowledge of ejb2.0 but i am not finding any good book for ejb3.0. mastering in EJB is good book OR Enterprise java bean.which book i should prefer. only one book is sufficient for scbcd or i should go threw other books also. please help......