I passed SCEA 1 with 76%
I spend almost 3 weeks studying (mostly on the week end)
I used Mark Cade's book and http://java.sun.com/javaee/5/docs/tutorial/doc/
I spent a lot of time studying EJB JPA JSF WS in great detail, but it was kind of useless, the test does not quiz you on detailed knowledge on those subjects. I think I would have received same points if I had studied Cade's book for 2 weeks, spend one day readying about EJB JPA JSF WS, and spend 3 days doing test practice.
Almost all the questions are scenario based questions, and detailed knowledge about EJB JPA JSF WS was not required (was useless). Learning how to analyze questions .... is very important.
I might take SCEA 5 part 1 exam again after the new book from Mark cade is available.
I will start preparing for part 2 and 3.
Is part 3 graded, or is it just used to verify that you have done the assignment yourself.