Yes.. that's right..
I passed the SCBCD 5.0 exam today having attained 60/61 correct 98%.
And like a good citizen of the open source java community, here's my success code.
Preparation Time and Methodology:
Just more than 1 month
I bought and read O'reilly Enterprise Java Bean 3.0
Once I got my basics correct, I read the EJB 3.0 Simplified API specs.
Then moved on to EJB 3.0 core specs a few chapters later switched to SCBCD 5.0 Study Guide by Mikalai Zaikin.
(I chose to refer all three Core specs, MZ guide, and O'reilly's book. Lot of it made sense this way.)
Had Netbeans setup with Glassfish for practice.
I had glanced through Manning EJB 3 in Action, Mastering EJB 4th ed, Pro EJB 3 JPA. (5 to 6 chapters from each of them) some time back.
Personally you don't need to refer lot of books.
But reading the same text over and over such as the specs will certainly help you. It helped me!
Last six days before the real stuff, I tried my hands at a few mock exams. Final 3 days read all chapters from MZ Guide per day!! Kept referring the Core Specs when in doubt.
Well that's how I went about it.
Thank you Mikalai, your guide certainly saved me lot of time.
And thanks a lot Bill Burke for having authored a wonderful book.