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Few things about SCEA that I didn't fnd in FAQs

 
Manish Hatwalne
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I have read SCEA FAQs but they look dated (for they still refer to updated SCEA 5 exam coming in Jan 2008) and hence I was hoping someone will answer my beginners' type of questions --

(1) What is the total cost of this exam for all three parts in India? I am unable to get this information on 2test.com site.

(2) What is realistic time estimate for preparing for this Exam? I have got SCJP some 6 years ago.

(3) How many exams are there? If I am not mistaken only first part is exam and then are is an assignment & then a an essay are there any exams as such of part 2 & part 3.

I'll be very grateful for any answers or pointers!

TIA,
- Manish
 
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I can't speak to issue #1, unfortunately. But.

2 - It depends on your experience level. I don't know so much that I 'prepared' for this exam (aside from studying for the Part I exam) as much as gained experience through work - there's not a lot that one can do, aside from having practical experience with designing applications, that will prepare someone to do the project that is Part II, and Part III feeds directly off of this project. For Part I, I studied for about two weeks, but I already had experience with Java EE 5.

3 - There's just one multiple choice exam as such. Part II is a practical project that must be submitted online, and Part III is the essay exam (taken at a Prometric center).
 
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Since Part III is essay, how do you take it prometric? Do they expect you to type that essay there?
 
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Hi,

For part III, prepare well in understanding and justifying your design decisions, how your designs address all non-functional requirements an Architect should be concerned about. You will need to type the essay answers out. The look and feel of the Exam Exam is similar to those Multiple Choice for other Jave Certification Tests. The only difference is that it is essay based. No "copy" and "paste" features are available. Hence, all need to be typed out. Read ALL questions before answering. I "Marked" all the questions as I read them to ensure I will go back to the questions and answer them. Time management is important. Do not spend too much time in one question. Another good practice is put as much information as possible in your design notes for Part 2 so that the marker can understand your thoughts better.

Hope the above helps.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Cheers!!!
 
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