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Dotnet Killer

Joined: Sep 17, 2012
Posts: 2
Hi Ranchers.

This is a great community.

I have a quick question.

I want to pass the SCEA (is it still called that) as quickly as I can.

I'm looking for a shortcut or the fasted way possible to get a passing score on Part 1.

I've seen others listing their prep as reading a truck load of books.

I don't have time to read so many books.

Can someone give me what they think is a minimum prep that is required to get a passing score. I'm prepared to pay for exam simulators and whatever it takes.

Is the SCEA study guide (Cade) enough on its own? The reviews on Amazon don't give it high scores.

shekar hari
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Joined: Sep 07, 2011
Posts: 36
if you have more knowledge about multi tier architectures, NFR's, and other skills required for part 1, you can just keep practicing mock-up exams, then you should be fine. SCEA study guide (Cade) is not enough. Also search web for more questions.

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Jeanne Boyarsky
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Joined: May 26, 2003
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I "only" read Cade. See my signature for links on what I read. You'll notice that I read most of the books over the years before I decided to take the exam. There isn't a shortcut to learning. And Cade isn't enough unless you have the background knowledge already. What it will do is show you what areas you need to read more on.

What's the hurry to take the exam? If you already know the material, you will be ready quickly. If not, you aren't ready to be an architect anyway.

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Dotnet Killer

Joined: Sep 17, 2012
Posts: 2
Thanks, that's really helpful.

I think "shortcut" was the wrong word. What I meant to say was the most time-efficient way.

I like the suggestion to use a top-down approach; start with mock exams, uncover my weaknesses and use this knowledge to undertake targetted learning.

Generally when I take certifications I embrase the learning experience more than the certificate, but on this occasion, I just want to get this one passed ASAP.

Fernando Franzini
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Joined: Jan 09, 2009
Posts: 489

I did a detailed summary of everything you need to know, understand and memorize to be approved in Phase 1...
The problem of studying fast is that Part 1 is interpretive. This means that it is useless to memorize ... you need to know to interpret the context of the questions.
The Whizlabs simulator is great is all you need ...
Good Luck!

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