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Part 1 fails! What should be my next step?

 
George Fung
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I can't believe it. I passed 6 java exams including SCEA 1.4. I have never failed any java exams. I admit my preparation time is not enough. I think I failed because
1. I did too few mock exams.
2. The exam focus on the functionality of JEE's component. It focuses the details.

My notes are:
1) Head First Design pattern
2) Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for JavaEE Study Guide 2nd ed by Mark Cade & Simon Roberts
3) MZ's notes - Wonderful and very helpful for quick reference. Thank you personally for this excellent compilation

What do I miss? Can anyone tell me where I can find good mock exams.

I want to try again. Please give me more guildlines.

Please give me more support.....
 
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My blog post from last month reviews the available mock exams.

Are you taking the regular part 1 or the upgrade exam? (My blog post addresses the regular part 1) If the former, why aren't you just taking the upgrade exam?

I didn't find the current exam to focus on the details. There were a few detailed questions, but most seemed conceptual. Now the SCEA 1.4 seemed to focus on details given the old mock exams I saw.

When you read the study guide, did everything sound familiar? If not, you need to read some of the references given in those chapters. I included what I read in the blog post. Much of it was read before I decided to take the exam, but was read at some point.
 
George Fung
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:My blog post from last month reviews the available mock exams.

Are you taking the regular part 1 or the upgrade exam? (My blog post addresses the regular part 1) If the former, why aren't you just taking the upgrade exam?

I didn't find the current exam to focus on the details. There were a few detailed questions, but most seemed conceptual. Now the SCEA 1.4 seemed to focus on details given the old mock exams I saw.

When you read the study guide, did everything sound familiar? If not, you need to read some of the references given in those chapters. I included what I read in the blog post. Much of it was read before I decided to take the exam, but was read at some point.


I just took upgrade exam, so it needs higher passing marks... Thanks for your information. I will follow the mocks stated in your blog......
 
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George,
Taking the upgrade makes sense. I didn't realize that was called part 1 because I thought the upgrade exam only had one part.

My blog is for the regular exam not the upgrade exam. Not sure if the focus is different.

Another thought - does the upgrade exam tell you the percentage per area if you fail? That helps in figuring out what to read up more on.
 
Bigwood Liu
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I also read these:
- EJB 3 in action
- JSF in action
- JPA related books

and the way it deal with entity and session bean is quite different in JEE5.

Plus lots of questions are hard to say which answer is 100% right over the others, there is only which one/several is better than the others.
 
Gaurav Tripathi
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Some of the points you should do like:
1. Work hard on java & j2ee design patterns. Don't concentrate too much on definition. You should know the usage of each patterns.
2. Study EJB 3 specially JPA (including usage)
3. Java Security
4. Presentation Frameworks like JSF, JSP etc
5. OOPs basics

Also go though my blog where I mentioned other points.

Really speaking, its very easy to clear SCEA... only thing required is "dedication"....
 
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