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Successfully cleared Part I - 95%

 
Harsha Yadalam
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Hi All,

I would like to share the good news that I successfully cleared SCEA Part I with 95%.

Here is the break down of my score.

Concepts................ 100%
Common Architectures ... 83%
Legacy Connectivity..... 100%
EJB..................... 100%
EJB Container Model .... 100%
Protocols............... 100%
Applicability of J2EE... 66%
Design Patterns ........ 100%
Messaging............... 100%
Internalization ........ 100%
Security ............... 100%

I would like to thank this forum and the yahoo group scea_j2ee for helping me out with so much information. The links provided by Vaithyanathan Sundaram were very helpful. Thanks Vaithya for the links. Also please be sure to go through atleast a couple of study notes to be sure that you covered all the topics required.

The links to Vaithyanathan's posting is

http://www.coderanch.com/t/153238/java-Architect-SCEA/certification/Passed-scea-part-comments

The exam was at a very conceptual level and it is independent of specifics like EJB version etc. I think some of the questions had very simple choices thus helping me in eliminating the wrong choices easily. The exam also did not have any confusing questions like some of the ones we found in mock exams. So if you are clear with the concepts, then you are good to go.

With respect to time, I had atleast 15 mins to spare in the exam, but I would like to mention that I used to finish the mock exams in 45 mins max.

The model of the questions match with the mocks but the questions are totally different. However the mocks are really helpful to understand where u stand.

The study materials I had used were

Sun certified Enterprise architect study guide by Cade's book
Mastering EJB 2 - very important
EJB Design Patterns - make sure you know all the patterns
Design Patterns GOF
EJB best practices from http://www.precisejava.com

Pete Morgan's - http://www.sarahandpete.com/work-stuff/SCEAexamnotes.pdf
Ramu notes from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scea_j2ee/files/
SCEA Quick referecnce.doc from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scea_j2ee/files/ by Chris Broecker
John Wetherbie notes - http://stephane.weber1.free.fr/SCEA/Notes/John_Wetherbie_Notes.txt

http://www.javaqueries.com with its 6 mock exams
http://javacoding.net/certification/scea/index.html

Well, I am off to Part II and III. Thanks for all the help and best of luck to all the new test takers.

Thanks,
Harsha Yadalam
 
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Congratulations! Great job!

-Prasad
 
ravi janap
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Congratulations Harhsa. You did a wonderful job!!
 
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Congratulations Harsha. Great Score, good job. Could you please tell me,how long preparation is required?
 
Harsha Yadalam
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Thanks for all your wishes. I took almost 2 and half months to prepare for the exam.

I initially prepared for all the required topics and once I felt comfortable I booked for the test giving myself 3 additional weeks for the mock tests.

I would also like to suggest to read some general architecture books for e.g., J2EE Architect's Handbook to gain overall knowledge of architecture.

Thanks,
Harsha
 
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Harsha

Is a seperate preparation needed for EJB questions for SCEA. Are the questions similar to SCBCD.

Thanks

-- Ravi
 
V Garg
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Hi Harsha,

I've a couple of basic question. Would be highly glad if you answer them.

1. What is the best book to use for SCEA, or the books that you specified and the links you gave are sufficient.
2. How much time do you think must be given for preperation before starting taking mock exams and them final exam.
3. If you can share more information, would be great.

Thanks
Vishal
 
Harsha Yadalam
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Harsha

Is a seperate preparation needed for EJB questions for SCEA. Are the questions similar to SCBCD.

Thanks

-- Ravi



Ravi,

I am not aware of SCBCD exam questions as I had not taken it. A couple of my friends said that the preperation for SCBCD exam was more at the code specific level like which methods appear in which classes etc, while SCEA is more at a conceptual level like, will you be able to use Session beans for these, which do you think would benefit CMT or BMT in a given situation. But I think your SCBCD preparation would help you a lot for SCEA.

Please make sure you are very clear about passivation, pooling etc. and the right use of the transaction mechanisms like Required, Supports etc.

Thanks,
Harsha
 
Harsha Yadalam
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Hi Harsha,

I've a couple of basic question. Would be highly glad if you answer them.

1. What is the best book to use for SCEA, or the books that you specified and the links you gave are sufficient.
2. How much time do you think must be given for preperation before starting taking mock exams and them final exam.
3. If you can share more information, would be great.

Thanks
Vishal


Vishal,

1. There are only two study guides for SCEA at present I guess. The one by Mark Cade and Simon Roberts does not cover all the topics present in the exam. You need to read a lot more than just the book. I have not read the one by Paul Allen, Joseph Bambara but I have heard it has too many errors in them that makes them less dependable.

I would say read the book by Cade followed by a good book on GOF patterns and EJB as I had mentioned in my posting.

Please read through the links given by Vaithyanathan. They provide information about all the topics not covered in the books.

2. I would say around 2 months for reading the books and the notes and give around 2 weeks for the mock tests and final preperation before the exam.

Please feel free to ask me if you have any other questions. I would be more than happy to help.

Thanks,
Harsha
 
KH Tsui
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Hi Harsha,

Do you mean that besides I have to know the design pattern of GOF, I also have to know the additional pattern in EJB pattern book ?

Thanks.

KH
 
Harsha Yadalam
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Hi Harsha,

Do you mean that besides I have to know the design pattern of GOF, I also have to know the additional pattern in EJB pattern book ?

Thanks.

KH



It is not a must to know the additional patterns in EJB Design Patterns book but I thought it was helpful in understanding the typical usage of the different EJBs and how best we can use them in different scenarios.

You need not go into the details of the patterns but a high level knowledge would certianly help.

Thanks,
Harsha
 
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Hi Harsha,

congrats! Great Score!!!

Do the questions come categorized, e.g. first all EJB, then pattern, then i18n, then security and so forth,
or do the questions come all mixed in no particular order?

D.
 
KH Tsui
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Hi Harsha,

Thanks for your reply. The reason I asked is that my voucher is going to expire. So try to read books as fast as possible.

I already read the first 70 pages of EJB pattern. It is really good for getting a deeper understanding of EJB and having more confident in EJB. Those patterns has been mentioned in different sources separately, it is good to look into them by one book only.

regards,

KH
 
Harsha Yadalam
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Hi Harsha,

congrats! Great Score!!!

Do the questions come categorized, e.g. first all EJB, then pattern, then i18n, then security and so forth,
or do the questions come all mixed in no particular order?

D.


David,

The questions do not come categorized. They are all mixed up.

Thanks,
Harsha
 
Vaithiya Sundaram
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Congratulations Harsha on getting Great Score!!!
I knew you will get this score!!!
Have you started working with part2?
I am going for a vacation, I will join with you next month if you are available.

Vaithiya
 
Harsha Yadalam
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Vaithyanathan,

Thanks for the wishes. I have just downloaded the Part II requirements but am yet to start. This month looks very hectic for me at work. So I think I would be starting Part II only next month, we could have a lot of discussion once you are back.

Thanks,
Harsha
 
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