phew, today I got the mail, that I passed the JEE5 architect certification - I got the result 6 days after the essay exam.
Thank you, for all the threads in the OCMJEA forum.
1. Exam - 78% The exam was tricky, the questions where long, but there was nothing unexpected or weird stuff. I took the whole time. (120min I think)
I've done the whizlabs mocks a lot of times, which where very helpful and realistic.
For me, this was the hard part - but the interesting one, as I'm using mainly tomcat, spring, hibernate, it was very impressive to see Oracle's default architectures and solutions.
Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for Java EE Study Guide
GoF Book - Design Patterns. Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software.
2. Assignment - scored 138 Choose your favourite UML tool!
I used UMLet, which was quite cool - as you can edit the diagram as text, but not comparable to Enterprise Architect from Sparx, especially with sequence diagrams and comfort, over all I found UMLet very nice, so clean, so fine, so focused.
I needed and wanted a free UML tool, as I'm using GNU/Linux at home - Unfortunately I didn't try ArgoUML, but it looks quite good, in terms of comfort and ease of use.
The assignment was alright, of course, I thought there is everything missing in the specs - but this is quite realistic So I made proper assumptions and didn't make it complicated.
I hope my examiner used a widescreen, the sequence diagrams where quite wide, I wouldn't suggest this.
3. Essay exam - took 4 days after submitting the assignment
The questions where variations of the ones, posted in this blog.
I prepared answers for each question, that helped to think about and to remember the solution.
I wrote quite a lot for each answer and spent an hour on it in the exam. (one hour was left)
A word on the pearson test procedure, a few years ago I took the SCJP, SCWCD certifications, but I didn't need to give me signature three-times and to be photographed for each exam The photos look really bad and weird, this was quite funny.