I have passed the part 1 of SCEA(JEE 5.0) in February of the last year, and the JEE core patterns were definitivly part of it.
For the first part (as i have done), i think it's not necessary to master them completly, it will be enough to know what pattern is more suited for a given case, just read the basis of each one, here is a good link.
Thank you all for your reply. Studying for this exam is the most frustrating thing I have experienced. So much contradictory , vague and absent information.
Now I have to study all the j2ee patterns when all this time i just concentrated on GOF which might not even be on the exam.
Very frustrating indeed. I hope I haven't made any other miscalculations.
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My 2 cents:
Though preparing for SCEA5 is tire some but it's rewarding. It's not reading one or two books or reading some 1000 pages book and you are done. The amount of knowledge that is acquired during the preparation process(all the phases) is tremendous and helps in the long run. For part 1- i spent close to 5 months - studying almost 1-1.5 hrs during the weekdays and around 3-4 hours on weekend. At the time when i appeared for Part 1- Cade's 2nd edition was not out also. I have to go thru at least some 8-9 books and several online resources. Javaranch is quite valuable as well as blogs published by folks who have already cleared the exam. These resources will guide you in the right direction plus cut down your preparation time to some extent.
My company sponsors SCEA5 and they also give us 2 years for passing all the parts.
I will suggest you to go thru Sun's ePractice-that will give you some idea about the real exam.
SCEA5 is simply an old marketing trick from Sun and now Oracle. The exam and requirements are poorly organized and have been dumbed down from older versions to get more individuals to be able to pass. I imagine that the "simplifying" process had a role in the disorganization and confusion that you now find....and pay for