This exam was way easier than I expected walking in the door. For those of you like me that look in this forum for some tips on how to approach studying and so forth, here's how I went: 1. I read Richard Monson-Haefel's Mastering JavaBeans 3rd Ed. 2. Then I read HFE. 3. A few mock exams. 4. Valentin Crettaz's cheat-sheet (or whatever you want to call it) The order of the books seemed to work out well for me. Mastering JavaBeans crammed all the stuff in my head, then HFE seemed to organize it much better than if I had done just 1 of the books. I took a few mock exams, but nothing serious. After that, I poured over Valentin Crettaz's cheat-sheets. They summarize lots of the stuff pretty well, especially life-cycle issues. I highly recommend that you check them out if you expect to pass with ease. I only used the spec for about 2 minutes. (By the way, at the end of HFE, I only got a 67% on the mock exam. You'll encounter questions in HFE that are vague or poorly worded -- so don't worry if your score is lower than you'd like. I was very surprised at how much easier and clear the actual exam was. HFE is a very good book, however -- so don't be fooled. I wasn't very excited about buying it at first, with all those silly pictures and way too much whitespace, but I am sure I wouldn't have been able to do nearly as well without it. Plus, isn't that little bean that keeps getting killed so cute! Poor thing.) I hope this helps somebody out there.