Finally, after taking part III on 2/25 and several calls to Sun and Prometrics, my score was posted today.
The maximum number of points you could have received is 100, minimum to pass is 70. Class Diagram (44 maximum) .......................... 40 Component Diagram (44 maximum) ...................... 39 Sequence/Colloboration Diagrams (12 maximum) ........ 8
Yes, I was surprised to see that too. Obviously, they feel component and class diagrams are much more relevant to a J2EE architect. You could omit the sequence diagrams altogether and still pass with a good grade!
Originally posted by Jim Baker: Congratulations. Any suggestions for Part III. Thanks. JB
I recall it asked how my solution would scale, how security is handled, whether I used CMP or BMP and why. Other than scaling, the others weren't reflected in my diagrams because I assumed they were more design and implementation details. If I had known they were going to ask these questions, I think I would have known more of what they are looking for in the assignment. I don't know why it is such a big secret. I wrestled with a lot of different considerations that I think are important in the real world, but ultimately my decision to include or exclude them was based on what I figured the assessors are looking for, not what a complete and good architecture would have. So part III was really tough for me. For a couple of questions I had to answer that I hadn't addressed the issues in the diagrams. I did list a number of assumptions in my assignment about things I didn't address and why. That may have made the difference. At least they knew I had thought about them.