I am a new member here. This forum was very helpful when I passed my SCBCD back in 2004 with 92% score in EJB2.0 (needless to say I am SCJP in 1.3 version --72%). I have about 10 plus years experience in Java world.
I started preparing for SCEA almost 3 weeks ago with ePractize Lab software directly, nothing else. In first four mock exams I have been getting between 65 and 92%. I feel very comfortable about the stuff available within ePractize Lab software. Never failed in any of the mock exam as I study topic theory first and then take the assignment.
Questions for members who already passed the exam and used ePractize Labs software for preparation for PART-1
1) Do you think, I am ready for part one exam with the scores of 90% and above in mocks. I am getting high score now because 90% questions are being repeated & 10% careless mistake.
2) Do you think, practise exam available at oracle site with 120 question is useful & I should go thru that too?
3) Do you think, any other study material or practice software is must for the exam? If yes, please let me know, I will definitely take your advice and go thru that.
4) I am not good in UML diagrams so is it going to be problem? If yes, which part? part1 or part2 or part3?
5) I do not have too much hands on experience in XML processing & Java web services. Is it going to be an issue?
6) In part 2, do we submit a code base of the downloaded project or just architectural diagrams?
I am in Long Island, New York (USA) area so where can I buy voucher for the exam & where can I take the exam? Is appointment needed in advance?
Please pardon me if I asked too many questions but answer. I haven't in touch with certifications for the last 7 years.
1) I think this depends on your inner confidence and your fluidity with JEE. Sample questions which repeat might give you a false sense of confidence. I would recommend going through the quick reference guides and the index of the exam to ensure you are comfortable with all topics (unless you have already done that).
2.Not sure about this.
3. You can look at SCEA FAQ for a list of books and resources. I listed down the books i referred @ http://www.javalogue.blogspot.com . Regarding exams, i think most exams i saw about an year ago where no where close to the actual level of the exam.
4. You will need UML for Part 2
5. The exam does not cover code level questions but an understanding of these concepts can come handy.
6.You submit UML diagrams and Risks and assumptions in your project.
Regarding eEpratize, let me put my questions this way for the guys who studied this software and passed the exam:
If I understand 90% of concept in the eEPractize software and have confidence of scoring above 80% in any scenario even if the questions are twisted or options are changed, am I ready for exam & will pass it? (I am asking this question because 50% concepts in this software look very basic with few lines of questions and I read in many threads that real exam questions are very lengthy & tough to answer, I do not want to waste $300 as my company is not paying me for this - )
Yes, I am waiting for someone to read my question and answer. BTW, they give 100% money back guarantee so I feel people must have trusted this software and cleared the exam. I read in some thread that one forum member with 10 year exp in Java world, cleared exam after scoring in 80 plus % in eEpratctise.
I liked Sun's ePractice for part 1 as the exam questions are somewhat close to real examinations. Though number of practice questions are very less from the preparation point of view.
Whizlabs didn't impressed me a lot, i will say it has lot of questions but relevance is just 25% of the real exam. It's very simple also and explanations are not good and some of the questions are quite ambiguous.
Others i didn't considered due to bad feedback about them.
Overall study hard via following the books and some good articles over the internet-that's the key. It's not the paper certification that is important but what one has learnt in the way to achieve it-that is more important.
Javaranch is a good forum to discuss anything about SCEA5.