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Passed SCEA 5 part 1 - impressions

 
Henryk Konsek
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Yesterday I successfully passed Sun Certified Enterprise Architect part 1 exam with the result 82%. Just wanted to share some thoughts.

I've been learning for the exam for 3 weeks (excluding the weekends which are supposed to relax). Average 2 hours of study per working day.

I used Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for Java EE Study Guide and WhizLabs SCEA simulator. Some people reports that WhizLabs is easier than real exam. However I disagree since questions presented in both SCEA book and WhizLabs are pretty similar to these I encountered during the exam.

Differences between WhizLabs and real SCEA exam:
* no CORBA-related questions on real exam
* easier security questions on real exam
* less general Object Oriented design questions (these easy ones) on real exam
 
Yogesh Tyagi
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Congratulations to clear the first step.
 
Allexicus Kernikus
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Congratulations on passing the exam!!

Do you really think the Study Guide you posted suffices? I've only gone through the first three chapters, but I must say that the questions seem a bit easy and the contents seem a tad to little....

I've heard that one should at least recapitulate design patterns (e.g. GoF or J2EE Design Patterns) - did any pattern specific questions pop up? Didn't you use any other study material?
 
Henryk Konsek
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SCEA is a kind of exam that requires a solid background in the topic. Assuming that you feel (very) confident in the topic the SCEA book and WhizLabs are fair enough. That was all I needed to pass.

Of course SCEA book is a little brief and you will encounter questions regarding details not covered by the book. But it gives you good flavor of the real exam.

There was quite a lot of questions regarding design patterns both GoF an JEE patterns. It's a definitely good idea to be well prepared against the patterns questions. Actually I'm very keen in design patterns so I got 100% correct answers for questions regarding this topic.

However the solid background in the topic is the key. The exam objectives are just too wide to create a single book (like for SCJP).
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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