Dear All, I write the SCBCD 5.0 on Friday, it was my first experience to take a beta exam although passed 5 other SUN certifications before. I passed SCBCD 3.0 three months back, which help me a lot. Exam was not difficult but very lengthy. Around 10-15 questions comprises full A-4 size sheet, which in my view a trap to waste time (and I trapped). Personally, I feel that I did well beside not able to go through all questions second time due to time shortage.
1.MDBs, Exception, Transaction, Security can be prepared from Head First but must read specification as well. The current specification looks me very user friendly, take a closer look on examples given in specifications
2.Try to prepare persistence API form O�Reilly book
3.Their were some questions in which they check knowledge of passed by value and passed by reference in session bean remote vs. local interface
4.More code based question than before just to check our hands on ability
5.Use and propagation of Transaction within JAVA Persistence API (JPA)
6.The good part of exam was that the questions come in sequence and in bunch e.g. start from annotations, session bean, transaction etc. if you weak in some area you can easily skip that section.