Originally posted by Marcin Skrzek:
I`ve passed SCBCD 5.0 exam yesterday with 56/61 correct answers. I strongly recommend these three positions:
1/ EJB 3 in Action
2/ Mikalai Zaikin`s "SCBCD 5.0 Study guide"
3/ Enthuware EJBPlus V5 Simulator
I`ve started to prepeare for the exam exactly two months ago, having no earlier knowledge or experience with EJB 3. The first problem I had to solve was lack of the "Head First EJB 3" book on the market I`ve spent plenty of time searching topics in this forum to find out which is better - o reilly`s "Enterprise Java Beans 3.0 5th" edditions or Manning`s "EJB 3 in Action". Even though many peaple have written, EJB 3 in Action is too introductory book, I don`t regret from today perspective, I`ve decided for this position. In my opinion this is excellent book for people (like me) new to the EJB 3.0 technology. It`s maybe not enough for the exam, but gives good understanding of things. Beginning from basics to more advanced topics, this book LEARNS and not only lists features from specs. What I`ve liked a lot about this book was also describing EJB 3 topics in wider context. F.e. before MDB`s where described, there was great introduction to JMS architecture. At the moments, the book went even beyond EJB 3, like in the great chapter about EJB3 and Spring integration (That even inspired me to use Spring-based Entity Access Objects in my company). Comming back to main topic "EJB 3 in Action" gave me very good knowledge about EJB 3 and helped to understand things, not only memorize.
After reading the book I`ve tried "Enthuware EJBPlus V5" mock exams for the first time scoring 64% (39/61). The questions I failed, were not covered in book, but there were rather details. That`s why I`ve mentioned earlier this book is not enough for the exam. So I started to read Mikalai Zaikin`s "SCBCD 5.0 Study guide" to learn more advanced things. This guide is also great, covers almost everything on the exam, but I can`t imagine to start with it - it`s to hard for beginners. After having read Mikalai`s guide I`ve tried Enthuware tests again with following scores: 79%, 74%, 79% and 81% in final exam. Enthuware Simulator is the third material I must recommend - I`ve found 8 questions on real exam, very similar to the ones in simulator!!! The style of questions in the exam is also very similar. Despite my score I think SCBCD 5 is very hard exam and you really need some time of preparations to score well. Especially, that there is no single HeadFirst-style book to just-read-and-pass. But I`m sure, the three positions I meant are enough.