If you are any way new to this.
Start at the begining, No point in cramming the simulators just yet.
Just getting the Architect title means squat, Carrying the big picture forward is what will propell one.
1.If familiar with design patterns ,then look at UML go to ejb.
Design patterns based on where you are interest is either Head first or GOf. Then go to ejb. Then read the Cade book. This will build thh whole picture tie in various topics. Then one is ready to go to simulators and start practising.
The point is simulators are good. But for a novice the whole picture has to be build, where everything sits and how to think.
About timing, this whole process is not about how fast one is ready for the exam. This approach makes makes the timing for part1 longer, but part 2 will be a breeze effectively cutting the total time for SCEA. One comes out very strong in basics.
About simutaor, currently epractise because of 50% off seems to be more viable and it seems to cover part1-2-3. Whizlabs also was told is good but but topics are more difficult than real exam.
[ August 21, 2006: Message edited by: Kay Ra ]