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Passed SCEA/OCMJEA Part 1 - My Experience

Shoukat Memon
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Joined: Dec 16, 2010
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Passed the SCE Part 1 exam today. Scored 68%; not great though, yet happy that passed it. A big Thanks to this plateform, for providing a lot of genuine help and right direction.
Following is my observation about the exam.

I have more than 6 years of experience in java development, mainly in web-centric domain. Rarely used ejbs, jms. Mainly worked on JSP, JSF, JPA, Spring etc.

I have read a lot about the exam on various blogs. Read substantial material, what ever I could get FREELY. I believe in exam for sake of learning, don’t want to pass the exam just because of title- Paying for mock exams to just pass the exam is an absurd idea for me.

I thought exam was going to be easy – but it was very difficult –Sun folks have done a decent job in selection of questions pool- I had read so much that I thought I will get through exam very easily, but half way through on the day, I was not even sure, if I will pass. Exam expects judicious choice of answers from candiate .This is true that there was some element of “Remember by rote” type of questions. (no wonder mock exam folks give guaranty)
But overall I would say selection of questions is not easy; unless you have real field experience or you have paid for mock exams (whizlabs etc). At least exam makes you read a lot about JEE and architectures in general.

It took me 7 weeks in total to prepare for exam in total. (I have fulltime job and two children to give time too)
Following is the material I used to prepare my self.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/25297376/J2EE-5-Architect-Exam-Study-Guide (thanks to Mikalai Zaikin- really great compilation)
http://download.oracle.com/javaee/6/tutorial/doc/javaeetutorial6.pdf (Best Resource, Freely available).
http://www.javachamp.com/public/startExamPage.xhtml(good material, thanks to Yasser Ibrahim )
Head first design pattern book.(very good book on basic)
Core J2EE Patterns: Best Practices and Design.
Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software. (Used as a reference- not read it extensively)
http://jeyana.blogspot.com/2008_08_01_archive.html
Used few free mock exam, freely available on net, mostly flunked.

I wish all the best, to those who are preparing for exam. Approach me if I can be any help.
Sesha Sabari
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Joined: Dec 22, 2010
Posts: 1
Hi Shoukat Memon, Greetings ..

I have 5 years experince in JAVA/J2EE Technologies like core, jsp, servlets, jsf, struts, hibernate and spring. Don't have any experience in design pattern, UML and etc.. which required for SCEA exam. Can you please guide me how do i start prepare for SCEA.

Thanks in advance.
Mikalai Zaikin
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Well done !!!

Glad to know my SCEA notes helped.

Best regards,
MZ


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Shoukat Memon
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Sesha Sabari wrote:Hi Shoukat Memon, Greetings ..

I have 5 years experince in JAVA/J2EE Technologies like core, jsp, servlets, jsf, struts, hibernate and spring. Don't have any experience in design pattern, UML and etc.. which required for SCEA exam. Can you please guide me how do i start prepare for SCEA.

Thanks in advance.

Hey Sesha,
I guess no body can tell you if you ready for exam or not but yourself.
I would suggest to take mock exams available freely on net and see where you stand. How comfortable you feel with the type of questions. Even though my experience is that questions in real exam are very diffirent and case study like. You can only relate to those question and answer them, using common sense- and common sense is abstraction of wisdom which comes with experience. For example, A question like "You are an architect of XYZ organization, you have to choose a set of technology for a particular problem, you have choice a,b, c, or d". Usually two of the choice would be confusing and interrelated. Study from books did not help me much in many questions.
Set a traget date (depends on your knowlege) and start reading. Check the resources this forum has suggested or I have given a list too in my post.
Good luck and let me know if you need furthure advice.

Yasser Ibrahim
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Joined: Dec 01, 2009
Posts: 10

Hello Shoukat,


My congratulations for clearing SCEA Part 1.

I do really appreciate your positive feedback about your experience with our SCEA online mock exams.

I depend on members opinion to measure the reach and quality of our material.

Shoukat, I noticed that JavaChamp link in your post is broken,

Would you please amend it? Just to avoid an embarrassing "page not found" error

Here is the link again:

http://www.javachamp.com/public/startExamPage.xhtml


many thanks and best wishes,

Yasser


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Shoukat Memon
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Joined: Dec 16, 2010
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Yasser Ibrahim wrote:
Hello Shoukat,


Would you please amend it? Just to avoid an embarrassing "page not found" error

Here is the link again:

http://www.javachamp.com/public/startExamPage.xhtml


many thanks and best wishes,

Yasser


Hey Yasser,
Apology for the hasty message. I am not able to edit the old message.
Thanks for great compilation on http://www.javachamp.com/public/startExamPage.xhtml

Thanks
Gaurav Sagar
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Joined: Sep 08, 2010
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congrats


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Congrats and keep up the good work


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Check this for a book link: http://amritendude.blogspot.com/2012/07/ocmjea-study-books.html

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