Originally posted by Thang Vu:
I have just passed part 1 of SCEA exam today, with 100% scores! I would like to share my experience in preparation, and some information about the contents of the test itself.
Actually, the test was easier than I expected. One thing that helped me a lot is my experience in architecting real-world enterprise applications using J2EE. Most of the questions checked whether you understand the core concepts, best practices and ideas of the Java 2 platform, especially EJB. Broad (not deep) knowledge of all exam objectives is required in order to analyze scenarios and come up with the right choices. There was no question about J2EE API.
Below is the list of resources that I used:
1) Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide, Cade-Roberts
2) Mastering EJB 2, Ed Roman
3) Applied Java Patterns, Stelting-Maassen
4) Leo Crawford's notes (http://www.leocrawford.org.uk/work/jcea/part1/index.html)
5) SCEA Nutshell (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scea_j2ee/files/SCEA-Nutshell/)
6) Chris Broecker's notes (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scea_j2ee/files/)
7) WhizLabs SCEA
I started preparation by using WhizLabs  to identify my weaknesses, then studied related topics with [2,3,4,5,6]. I used Cade's book to summarize knowledge gained, and practiced scenario-based questions with WhizLabs. I would say that WhizLabs's questions are more difficult than the exam's questions, especially the scenarios. However, make sure that you understand the topics, understand how to analyze situations, not just remember answers provided by WhizLabs. A day before taking test, I reviewed the objectives going through the notes [4,5,6] once again. Of course, follow this forum and study from your discussions here was a big advantage (though this is just my first post ).
Overall, I have spent about 2 months with 2-3hours/day to prepare for the test.
I believe the part II & III are much harder and do hope to receive your help. BTW, what is the good starting point for part II?
Good luck to you all.