I am glad to inform you all that I cleared SCEA Part ! yesterday
This forum is very nice and provided a lot of information that helped me prepare and clear the exam.
I am a project lead working on an large scale enterprise project for the last two years and have working exp. with Spring and Hibernate that helped me a lot to clear this exam.
Summary of my preparation:
Preparation 45 days: 2 - 3 hours per day and 12 to 16 hours on weekends
IT Architectures and Middleware
Designing Enterprise Applications with J2EE from Sun's website (This book has design guidelines when to use Servlets, JSPs, EJBs, Stateful vs Stateless etc..)
JEE Specification (Pay attention to high level description of APIs)
EJB and JPA Specifications
GoF Design Patterns (should be thorough and it will help you in your career also)
Pay attention to 'How design patterns solve design problems' as you become familiar with design concepts such as class vs interface inheritance and there were few questions on inheritance, polymorphism.
Core J2EE Patterns (No need to go through all examples just few strategies)
SCEA 5 Study Guide http://java.boot.by/scea5-guide/
I did not read Core Security Patterns. Had I read it I would have got good score in security.
Be through with common architectures such as 2-tier, 3-tier and n-tier architecture with respect to non-functional requirements and there were few questions on these and all answers appear to be correct. Though you know the answer you may not be able to answer them correctly under the given time limit. Before you go to the test revise this section.
I am planning to take Part 2 in few days. I need help from forum to clear it.
I wish all the best to everyone who is preparing the test.
Let me know if you need any information....