Today I got notified that I had passed the OCMJEA exam. It was only a week or so after submitting the exam.
My mark was 138.
My experiences are that Mark Cade's book is an excellent preparation for the first exam in this certification. It is nearly sufficient on its own if you have good experience in the area of JEE.
I also used this book for part 2 of the exam and the examples given in the book are an excellent basis for an assignment submission but more detail can be added to some of the diagrams to elaborate on the basic solution in the diagrams in the book.
For the essay exam I read some websites such as this
for a good example of how to explain concisely what I had designed my architecture to achieve. I wrote at least a page for each question which took most of the time allocated to the exam. Some information was relevant to more than one of the 8 questions on the exam and in those cases I restated the information rather than referring to other answers as advised by JavaRanch members.
Thanks to all the members of this forum for all the helpful advice on here. I couldn't have done it without you!
My only regret was to have left so long between starting the assignment (in April
) and finally submitting it and taking the essay exam. Unfortunately this was unavoidable due to work commitments and perhaps I learnt something useful to the assignment in this time but it made it more challenging to fully recall my reasoning and motivations for all the decisions I made designing the architecture when it came to the essay exam.