I've been involved in a study group for SCEA for over a year and we've been waiting for the J2EE 5 update to the exam since it's apparently currently based on J2EE 1.2/EJB 1.1 (from a Sun rep I asked last year). I was told by the same Sun rep last year that it would be out by 1/2007. I sent a follow-up a couple of weeks ago and asked what was going on with the update and got the following response:
Unfortunately, we do not have specific information as to if or when an updated certification path may be released. We regret to learn that you received inaccurate information from one of our representatives.
The Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology (CX-310-051) exam is not currently tied to a specific version of Java Platform Enterprise Edition. The only current certification that Sun offers which is specific to J2EE 5.0 is the Sun Certified Business Component Developer for the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 5 (CX-310-091).
This is completely contradictory to the information I received from Sun Ed last year. This makes no sense to me that they're not updating the exam and they claim the exam is not tied to a specific version of J2EE. Aren't there specific EJB questions on the exam that are dependent on J2EE version? Any insights out there?
There will be an upgrade for the architect exam for JEE 5. However the actual test is not tied to specifically any version. On the tests question you get only high level questions. On the practical exam, you can use new features without problems.
To better clarify the responses - SCEA is not, wholly, tied to a specific version of Java EE technology.
Part I - the multiple choice exam - is indeed tied to J2EE 1.2, and that's the only part of the exam that's really outdated per se. Part II and III - the practical assignment and the essays based on that assignment - allow you to use any generally released version of Java EE technology that you wish. If you feel that you can solve the problem using Java EE 5, for instance, then you are free to do so, and are not bound to use an 'outdated' version for that section.
As has been stated elsewhere in this forum on various occasions, we know that Sun's working on updating the exam in some fashion, but when and how that will be done is an open question.
Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
Thanks for the responses though I'm still a little unclear as to whether Part I of the exam indeed has J2EE 1.2 specific questions on it. That is, if I'm well versed in J2EE 5 could I answer some questions wrong because I'm not thinking in "J2EE 1.2"?
I recently cleared part 1 and haven't seen anything that is tied to a specific version. The questions were more generic as pointed out by some folks in earlier posts. So, IMO, I don't think you would answer some questions wrong. However, it is better to go through some study material sepcific to SCEA before taking the exam.
Great, thanks for the feedback! So, I'd like to focus on using J2EE 5 for Parts II and III of the exam. Can you all recommend a good J2EE 5 book or two that I can use to prepare for this part of the exam?