I took the exam yesterday and in my opinion I felt it was a poor exam. For supposedly being the "advanced" part of the Java certifications, I came out feeling I hadn't really been tested like I had in the other Sun exams I've done.
The mock exams I'd found or purchased off the net were pretty poor as well, most were just copied from SCEA books and each other. I didn't buy Whizlabs as I'd seen it mentioned a few times that their questions were already in the public domain.
I think a revamping of the whole SCEA exam is required with a change in focus of the exam to concentrate more on UML, Design Patterns (perhaps including J2EE Design Patterns) and Common Architectures. EJB's are now covered in SCBCD anyway. It would then be a natural progression to the actual assignment. What does everyone else think should and shouldn't be included in the exam?
Are there any plans to update the exam? I've seen many postings dating back a long time which say that plans are a foot.
Hopefully, the part assignment will be as interesting and useful as the SCJD assignment.
I think it's more a question of the end-goal of the Part I examination that you have to bear in mind - it's an architecture matter, not so much a development one. Therefore, for a developer with experience (such as you seem to have) with the technologies, it's not quite so hard as one might think. Bear in mind that you do not have to have any other certifications to sit for this exam - it's independent of the SCJP and others in the Sun program.
As such, yeah, it could probably stand to be revamped, which most of us have been saying for a while, if only to bring the technologies contained within it up to the current level. However, I disagree on removing the J2EE-based technologies such as EJBs - the idea of reviewing them for SCEA is to understand where they fit in the design architecture, rather than from the implementation stage of the game.
So, to answer your one question in the last bit of your post - we have no idea what Sun Educational is doing. There have been rumors for ages, and there have been people asking since well before I took the SCEA exam (and likely will be for ages longer).
I found the assignment much more of a challenge, if that's what you're worried about.
Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
I find that people have had very different experiences when taking Part1 and Part2. Often this is due to ability but I have found that amongst the people I have worked and studied with that it is also about understanding how YOU learn best. Just because someone benefits from a certain approach doesn't mean that you necessarily will.
WRT to my original comment - you would be breaking copyright because the reproduction or redistribution of part or all of a document in written or electronic format with permission is a breach of copyright.
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