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Passed SCBCD 5 with 78%

Ram Kumar
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I passed SCBCD 5 with 78% on Nov 26, 2010 after 3 weeks of preparation. My voucher was expiring on Nov 30th. Decided to go ahead and took the exam. I started reading Orielly's EJB 3.0 book a year ago. But, then work and family got busy and hence did not do anything until the last few weeks, when it dawned my voucher would be expring. So pretty much forgot whatever I read (of course I have worked in EJBs though) before a year ago, so had to read again in the last few weeks.

I referred to Oreilly's book for EJB3 concepts first in 2009 and then again few weeks ago. I find Orielly Book to be good in two aspects it covers the topics very well and it provides an exercises with code (download) to help you set up and practice. This helped me a lot.

I also read Mikalai Zaikins notes after Orielly. Mikalai, I don't have words to describe how good your notes are and honestly I wouldn't have passed this exam without your notes - Thanks for your efforts.

I did not read anything beyond these two and some practice.

The final week I used Whizlabs practice exam. I took both the learning path tests and practice tests. Whiz labs was good, but one complaint is the the questions in the whizlabs repeat in other tests which I didn't find very good beause you may just choose the answer as you already know it. I found the diagnostic test of whizlabs to be quite difficult, but, I think based on my experience, the whizlabs practice exams difficulty is much less than the actual sun test (oracle now ). I secured on average 90% on all tests except the final test which was 78% same as my sun test. But, I found answers to 3 questions in whiz labs test to be wrong, which would put at 85% atleast in there.

Do any of you guys have a good comparison on the various exam simulators as to which one is good for which test. For ex., for SCDJWS should I go with Whizlabs or choose another mock simulator?.

I found the Oracle SCBCD test to be difficult (I have read in this forum some of the guys said their test to be easier) in my opinion. In addition to be difficult, many questions were quite lengthy that is in some cases I have to scroll below to see the questions and then choose the answers on top of it, I was in the exam for almost the entire time of the exam. My first few questions itself took individually few minutes to read through and attend it.

One more thing that I observed is the the question number was not displayed on the actual test. I didn't notice it initially but after I had taken few questions I saw that, I should have roughly noted down a question number that I am in at that point in my paper for tracking purposes, I did not do that, and later when I was 35 or 40% of the test done and I looked at the time I couldn't figure out whether I about 40% or less. So anyone taking this exam, may be just note down the question # you have taken so it helps you to manage your time better, that is, you can decide to spend an extra minute or two for a question if needed.

My breakup was 66% on ejb 3 overview, 100% on MDB, contracts, 85% on JPA entities, 100% on entity operations, 66% on persistence context and jpql, 80% on transactions, 100% on exceptions and security management.

At the end of the day it feels good to be certified. I have been using this forum to read through other member's experiences and questions etc.

My wish list is to take SCDJWS next, and then follow that up with SOA Architect from SOA School, TOGAF certification (long term goal) (I dont know how strenuous it will be with family and work committments and accordingly make some adjustments ). If possible accomodate CISSP and PMP certification some where in my certification pursuits as well. I have 2-1/2 years available to do all these. So let us see. :

Thanks a lot you all.


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Mikalai Zaikin
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Well done, Ram !!!

You're the best !

Glad to know my SCBCD notes helped you.

Best regards,
MZ


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Ram Kumar
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Thanks Mikalai and Everyone!
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Congrats


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Ram Kumar
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Thanks both of you!
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Congrats!


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T. Huy Nguyen
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Congratulation!

Ram Kumar wrote:
One more thing that I observed is the the question number was not displayed on the actual test. I didn't notice it initially but after I had taken few questions I saw that, I should have roughly noted down a question number that I am in at that point in my paper for tracking purposes, I did not do that, and later when I was 35 or 40% of the test done and I looked at the time I couldn't figure out whether I about 40% or less. So anyone taking this exam, may be just note down the question # you have taken so it helps you to manage your time better, that is, you can decide to spend an extra minute or two for a question if needed.



In my exam, there was no question number at all. So after the first 10+ question, I had no idea how many question I had solved.


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Rafal Wasielewski
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khalid karim
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Hello,

I m preparing the SCBCD 5 certification, could you please send me the mock examens you have used
this is my address mail: k_karim_92@hotmail.fr

thank you very much

karim
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Congratulations!!!


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