just cleared above exam with 83% and wanted to share some resources. After having abandoned the preparation at the beginning of 2014 I restarted studying ~ 6 weeks ago, mainly on weekends. I also took other JEE exams in the previous years and usually scored >95% with equal preparation time, so I would consider this exam to be significantly tougher compared with the others (or maybe I'm getting old), mainly as the answers to a lot of scenarios are often not that obvious and you really have to watch out for keywords and rely on familiar questions from mock exams.
- Read OCM Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Exam Guide (Exams 1Z0-807, 1Z0-865 & 1Z0-866) (Oracle Press)
This is a quite new book published half a year ago and one of the few that focuses on the recent JEE6 Version of the exam. If you only want to purchase one item for preparation, buy this one as it covers all topics in detail and also comes also with a test software (though it's quite basic an only provides 120 questions). However I would recommend to purchase at least one of the following simulators:
- Epractize Mock Exam http://www.epractizelabs.com/certification/oracle/ocmjea-6/mockexam.html Also recently upgraded to Java EE6. Definitively recommended as it provides a huge amounts of questions and trains you on what to focus on, even though some solutions are rather ambiguous or even questionable and the study material is not of the same quality as a decent tutorial or book. They seem to have a permanent 50% discount so it's also good value for money. Note that it requires Windows!
- http://www.whizlabs.com/oracle-certified-master-java-ee-6-enterprise-architect/ocmjea6-practice-tests/ Similar concept, but only browser based (which might be an advantage if you don't run Windows or work on multiple devices, but the performance is sometimes weak - maybe they should take the OCMJEA exam themselves :-)). Less value for money compared with Epractize and less questions, but still a good investment, especially since I think that answering as much questions as you can get is the main key to pass the exam - even if you read all recommended books and have a lot of daily work JEE experience.
- Real World Java EE Patterns from Adam Bien
A useful book and partly covered by the exam but most of the patterns are very well summarized in "EE 6 Enterprise Architect Exam Guide", so I would consider it optional.
I'm now looking forward to a relaxing vacation and plan to start the assignment (Part II) afterwards.