I would like to share the good news that I successfully cleared SCEA Part I with 95%.
Here is the break down of my score.
Common Architectures ... 83%
Legacy Connectivity..... 100%
EJB Container Model .... 100%
Applicability of J2EE... 66%
Design Patterns ........ 100%
Internalization ........ 100%
Security ............... 100%
I would like to thank this forum and the yahoo group scea_j2ee for helping me out with so much information. The links provided by Vaithyanathan Sundaram were very helpful. Thanks Vaithya for the links. Also please be sure to go through atleast a couple of study notes to be sure that you covered all the topics required.
The links to Vaithyanathan's posting is https://coderanch.com/t/153238/java-Architect-SCEA/certification/Passed-scea-part-comments
The exam was at a very conceptual level and it is independent of specifics like EJB version etc. I think some of the questions had very simple choices thus helping me in eliminating the wrong choices easily. The exam also did not have any confusing questions like some of the ones we found in mock exams. So if you are clear with the concepts, then you are good to go.
With respect to time, I had atleast 15 mins to spare in the exam, but I would like to mention that I used to finish the mock exams in 45 mins max.
The model of the questions match with the mocks but the questions are totally different. However the mocks are really helpful to understand where u stand.
The study materials I had used were
Sun certified Enterprise architect study guide by Cade's book
Mastering EJB 2 - very important
EJB Design Patterns - make sure you know all the patterns
Design Patterns GOF
EJB best practices from http://www.precisejava.com
Pete Morgan's - http://www.sarahandpete.com/work-stuff/SCEAexamnotes.pdf
Ramu notes from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scea_j2ee/files/
SCEA Quick referecnce.doc from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scea_j2ee/files/
by Chris Broecker
John Wetherbie notes - http://stephane.weber1.free.fr/SCEA/Notes/John_Wetherbie_Notes.txt http://www.javaqueries.com
with its 6 mock exams http://javacoding.net/certification/scea/index.html
Well, I am off to Part II and III. Thanks for all the help and best of luck to all the new test takers.