finally i showed up for my scea part 1 exam (my voucher is expiring tomorrow). the result is ok (41/48). ------------------------------- concepts 100 common arch 100 legacy 80 ejb 88 ejb container 50 protocols 66 applicability 100 design patterns 80 messaging 100 i18n 50 security 100 ------------------------------- ejb and design patterns are the 2 most important parts (about 15-20 questions in total), you have to get most of them in order to pass. ejb questions are easier than i thought. for design patterns, make sure you know the most famous/widely used ones (around 10?). uml questions(3 or 4) are a joke, 1 hour's review is enough, but of course uml is the core of part 2. i missed 1 q in i18n while 100% in security, which is a surprise to me (i thought it should be the other way). concepts are easy, too. but another suprise to me is i got 100% in commom arch. since i saw other guys always got 66% in this part, i thought there might be a tricky question. still have no idea . i feel i overprepared for part 1. some questions are very straight forward (at least 5 for me). my suggestion is to focus on ejb and design patterns, and then read some general intro-like materials for other parts, you're ready to go. anyway, my hours of readings on the daily commute train paid off and i owe a lot of thanks to javaranch guys for their great notes and posts, you guys are great!!!
Congratulations Terry! Really great score for the preparation in a train. I am also planning to take the test. Could you please tell me what are all the books/materials or mock tests you used to prepare for the exam? Congrats again. -- Sailu SCJP, IBM Test 486, Brainbench CJP
thanks, guys! books i used: 1) mark cade's book, good source. it covers enough for uml/patterns/i18n (10+ questions done) and it lets you see how the questions may look like; 2) peter's notes(thanks a lot); 3) jms book (the same author for ejb), but it's overkill for this exam; very good book though; 4) whizlab, not much help, but has some scenario based questions. 5) for ejb, i only read a few chapters now and then. it's the only heavy-weight (10+ q.s) and somewhat detailed part in this exam. all in all, some questions are not hard at all, you can use common sense to get the right answers (the rest choices are too obviously wrong). the key to this exam is you have to know all the fancy terms or at least the very basics of their usage. good luck!