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Passed SCEA part I with 97% score

 
Wen Hu
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Hi,

Two days ago I passed part I of the SCEA certification with a score of 97%.


Wen
 
Javawala
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Really gr8 pls.share you preparation stategy
 
Wen Hu
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I used the following material to prepare for part I:
1) J2EE 1.2 specification
I went through this to find out whether there were topics that I did
not know about and if so to to complete my general understanding.
2) EJB 1.1 specification
I studied the specification in detail.
It helped me a lot, because this is the SOURCE with regard to EJB.
The specification cleared up stuff with regard to the WHY.
If you understand WHY, then you don't have to remember so many details.
3) book about EJBs by Kevin Boone
This book also helped me a lot to understand the HOW and WHY, but
you need to be careful because it refers to more recent versions.
4) SCEA preparation guide by Mark Cade e.a.
I found this guide very useful, because it gave me a good impression
about the scope of the exam.
5) Whizlab's SCEA mock exam product
I found this also very useful although it also annoyed me somewhat.
It showed me what to expect and what needed to be brushed up.
See my post aboutWhizlab's SCEA product
6) Designing Enterprise Applications with the J2EE Platform, Second Edition
I downloaded and read the PDF version.
7) two articles from http://java.sun.com about platform security and
internationalization and localization (part of the Java tutorial
I believe)

Most helpful were items 2 and 4. The other ones I merely read to get the picture. The EJB specification I REALLY studied. The material in item 4 I supplemented with pictures from the specification; most importantly the state diagram for Entity EJBs. After UNDERSTANDING the specification I found myself able to draw the state diagrams effortlessly (which enabled me to need to remember less) Also I made a picture with the EJB interfaces which helped me to understand and remember which methods belonged to which interface.

Whether the above is enough preparation for others depends on their background. I already knew a lot about other topics and I used Whizlab's product to get that knowledge in line with the SCEA requirements. It took me three weeks to prepare for the exam. Maybe I also would have passed after two weeks of preparation or even less, but I wanted to have a high score as well. Possibly I was lucky to get "easy" questions, but I ain't complaining

HTH, Wen
 
Ajith Kallambella
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Congratulations and best wishes for your future endeavors.
 
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