Hi Ranchers ,
I am a java geek inspired to take upon the Architect Examination .I have certified in SCP 1.5 and SCWCD 1.5 ,would like to know the new process and procedures for the examination of the Architect exam as I have 10+ years of Java Development .Appreciate Architects who have written the exam to give their valuable feedback's and opinion's /views on the exam preparation and tips & tricks to clear the exam from Oracle .I had certification experience with Sun .would admire/appreciate reviewers opinion .
The architect cert has 4 parts: multiple choice exam, design assignment & essay and mandatory training. The training can be done anytime.
The MC exam tests you the concepts like architecture, web tier, business tier and integration tier technologies as well as design patterns and security. Overall, it covers alot.
The assignment is the meat of the cert testing you how you would approach a problem given a scenario (instructions). The design process will produce a bunch of UML diagrams and HTML files stating your approach and decisions (aka defending your solution). Lastly the essay is done at a test center, answering questions you should have prepared beforehand (similar to defending your solution just without your notes).
The purpose of the architect MC exam isn't testing you detail stuff like the programmer or JEE developer exams. It tests the high level (what, when, why) of JEE stack. So during the preparation, making a list of the pros and cons of the different technologies will be a great resource for the assignment and work.