I just finished Chapter 3 of HF which was a Hands-On example of MVC. Now I'm going through Chapter 4 and it seems like a big mountain. I think that Hands-On examples of fully functional code will help.
I glanced at another book, Java EE 5 Development with NetBeans 6, David Heffelfinger, but
a) It is glosses over the basics because files are created automatically in their correct directories
b) Seems to be implementation-specific, i.e. pertaining to NetBeans
c) Discusses features that are too advanced, certainly beyond the scope of the exam