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Cleared CX-310-091 with 100%

Youcef Saidani
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Joined: Jul 21, 2010
Posts: 33
Hi Everyone,

Cleared yesterday (Saturday, March 5, 2011) CX-310-091 (SCBCD5 /OCPEJBCD5) with 100 % .


Preparation:

  First Step :
    - I started by reading EJB3 in Action.
    - For transactions, security and exceptions I read Head First EJB (for the old certification).
    - I closed this step by doing some coding (I mainly used the examples given at the end of the tutorial of Mikalai Zaikin's SCBCD 5.0 Guide ).

 Second Step:
   - I read Mikalai Zaikin's SCBCD 5.0 Guide(Great compilation , Thank you Mikalai) chapter by chapter in this order( 7, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 2, 3, 4, 11, 1).
   AND For each chapter I do the following:
        - Read OReilly Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0.
        - Did the exercises at the end of the book.
        - Practised Enthuware custom tests(I used the Custum test option, so I created 11 custom tests one for each chapter) .
          I RE-TAKED these custom tests until I feel comfortable with all the concepts. For the questions which I answered wrongly, I made several searches (on this form, in the specs).
        - For JPA I used JPA I Pro EJB 3: Java Persistence API (As a reference book)

   - At the end of each chapter and before moving to a new chapter, I wrote lot of code, this helped me to reinforce the concepts I learned.
   - For security and MDB I built my own examples based on the Ivan Krizsan's OCPEJBD 6 (CX-311-093) study notes (Thank you Ivan).
   - I used the following environments : started with Eclipse, JBoss , and Derby , THEN moved to GlassFish, Mysql and NetBeans.

  Third Step :
   - A few days before the exam I practised Enthuware’s standard tests(Which are quite similar to the real things in the real exam).

I hope this will help.

Best Regards

SCJP6 86%, SCWCD5 97%, OCPJBCD5 100%, OCMJD (391/400)
Icaro Dourado
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Joined: Dec 30, 2007
Posts: 9
Dear Youcef,
Your path to succeed it was great although I am convinced it was a bit hard, wasn´t it?
I am planning to pass this same exam but I won´t have so much time to perform it.
Since you´ve got this great 100% score, I´d like to ask you some opinion on how everybody else could achieve around 80% without much previous experience (my actual desire)
Thanks in advance.


SCJP 5, SCWCD 5
Mikalai Zaikin
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Joined: Jun 04, 2002
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Hey Youcef !

Congratulations !!!

Great score !!!

Glad to know you liked my SCBCD 5 notes.

Best regards,
MZ


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Youcef Saidani
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Joined: Jul 21, 2010
Posts: 33
Dear Icaro,

Icaro Dourado wrote:
Your path to succeed it was great although I am convinced it was a bit hard, wasn´t it?


Every certification has a cost in terms of time, effort, preparation, books, mocks and so forth. The important thing to remember is that once certified, we feel satisfied because we get rewarded for our effort.

Icaro Dourado wrote:
I am planning to pass this same exam but I won´t have so much time to perform it.
Since you´ve got this great 100% score, I´d like to ask you some opinion on how everybody else could achieve around 80% without much previous experience (my actual desire)


I think this certification is not so hard, we’re not reinventing the wheel, or going on instinct. A lot concerning this certification has been discussed on this forum. So, we get solid and sufficient feedback to organize our preparation, and to adapt it depending on our goals for this certification.
Based on my experience, here are some suggestions and key points (it’ not a ready-made solution) that may allow everybody to secure a descent score in this certification and at the same time avoid to spend more time than needed.

I- Remember
   - Be motivated AND TAKE YOUR TIME to understand the concepts.
   - Try to memorize the concepts by DOING (write lot of code).
   - Identify your weak points and study them again and again.
II- Books
   - EJB3 in Action.
   - OReilly Enterprise JavaBeans 3.0.
   - For security, transactions and exceptions I would recommend HF EJB(even though it is for the old certification).
III Tutorials
   - Mikalai Zaikin's SCBCD 5.0 Guide.
IV Mocks
   - Enthuware.
     Very helpful and pretty close to the real exam.
     Don’t forget to spend lot of time on reading and understanding the explanations and looking in depth the answers to the question which you answered wrong.
     You have an indicator average Scores of the users of EJB+ V5* here : http://www.enthuware.com/index.php/ocbcd-15-score-comparison

v Random Tips :

   - The exam wasn’t so tough.
   - For me the questions were distributed over objectives.
   - I’ve got two drag and drop questions (very easy).
   - Time is more than enough.
   - No ambiguous questions.
   - If you don’t know the answer to a question, try to narrow down the options to one or two possible answers before selecting the answer.
   - There are many straightforward questions in the exam for which you immediately know the right answer.


Hope it will help you!
Study Hard and Good Luck!

Best Regards.
Youcef Saidani
Ivan Krizsan
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Joined: Oct 04, 2006
Posts: 2198
    
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Hi!
Impressive work indeed and a well-deserved score!
Nice to see that there are still people who are interested in doing a genuine job, despite the fact that it may require more effort.
Best wishes!


My free books and tutorials: http://www.slideshare.net/krizsan
amit punekar
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Joined: May 14, 2004
Posts: 515
Hello there,
Heartiest congratulations on scoring 100% marks.

Regards,
Amit
Joe Harry
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Joined: Sep 26, 2006
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That was an awesome score on a difficult exam. Congrats!


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