I think many people in this forum wouldn't have similar experience like I had: I spent exactly 2 weeks for the beta. Don't get me wrong, I am not here advocating to cram the exam. On the contrary, the exam can't be done by cramming. I ended up like this coz I got the voucher only 2 weeks ago The time was so little that I even couldn't have enough time to order RMH book as many suggested, so I had to use all available online material and tapped on my previous J2EE experience.
The exam was in medium difficulty level. Some places were a bit confusing and there were typos as many have mentioned.
My prep material list (for those who wanna take the exam and dont wanna spend money on materials willingly or unwillingly ): 1. Blueprint (2-4, 7,8) 2. WS Tutorial: people said that you got to make your hands dirty by coding some examples, I would suggest if you really don't have time, read the samples instead. (BTW, I ran into a couple of XSLT questions, but they weren't deep) 3. http://java.boot.by/wsd-guide/: the security part is good enough. 4. specs for jax-rpc, jaxr/p, saaj, websvcs. 5. specs for SOAP, WSDL, UDDI(I would recommend to study this in #3) 6. of course , BP 1.0 (full coverage) 7. if you find some material is too much for you, always follow the objectives to study selectively 8. allow at least 1 month to give yourself a solid understanding of WS [ June 04, 2004: Message edited by: Johnson Chen ]