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Cleared SCEA 5 Level 1

 
Aditya Jha
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Hi Ranchers,

Yesterday, on May 21st, I attempted SCEA 5 Level 1 exam and cleared with 70% of marks (passing score is 57%).

This is obviously a low score, I hope to perform better in the rest of the two levels.

Lack of focussed mock exams for SCEA 5 made it much harder. The courseware has been updated to include newer technologies, on which I've little hands-on experience.

Nevertheless, its a learning for future. Anyone preparing for the exam, please do not take it lightly even if you've good amount of experience. Its entirely possible to clear, but a tad too tough to score good.

Looking forward to rest of the two levels... eyes on the stars with feet firmly on ground!

Best regards,

- Aditya Jha
 
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Congrats Aditya ..

It's a tough exam to crack .
Can you share your preparation techinque and resources used.
 
Mikalai Zaikin
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Well done!
Congratulations !!!
 
Krishna Srinivasan
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congrats!!
 
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Congratulations! SCEA is quite a challenge.

-Cameron McKenzie
 
Aditya Jha
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Hi All,

I apologise for replying late. Better late than never...

I prepared using the following popular resources:

1) SCEA Study Guide by Mark Cade & Simon Roberts
2) Core J2EE Patterns
3) GoF Design Patterns Book and Head-First Design Patterns Book
4) Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture by Martin Fowler
5) Random online tutorials for EJB 3 and JSF (coupled with some hands-on to get the feel)
6) JavaRanch.com - Without doubts the best resource one can have

Apart from all these, the most useful resource I found was my 8 years of experience in Java/JEE domain. Simply put, there will be frequent occasions when you will recall things from your experience more than anything else. This exam is not one of those study-with-books-and-you-will-pass exams.

If you can afford to wait, I would recommend you to wait for sometime till mock exams for the new version of exam are out. As I posted before, you may clear the exam in all probabilities, but scoring high is a bit tough given the lack of mock exams and material focussed on the new version of the exam.

Questions on newer topics such as JSF (ok, this one is not THAT new), EJB-3, JPA, WS-Security and even a question on applicability of Java EE for SOA perspective were asked. I remember the term 'SOA' at least in one of the questions.

Though. most of the questions are related to basic Java EE architecture fundamentals and non-functional aspects such as security and transactions, which anyone serious enough to appear in the exam would be knowing well.

Hope this helps... and my best wishes to those who are going to appear for this exam or others.

- Aditya Jha
 
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