Sun Certified Enterprise Architect
I passed SCEA Part - I with 93% in year 2007. This exam is mostly based on real time scenarios and basic technology concepts. Wish me luck for Part-II and Part-III which is an assignment and essay which makes me eligible to be called as Software Architect :-) .
Delivered at: Authorized Prometric testing centers
Other exams/assignments required for this certification: Step 2 (CX-310-300A), Step 3 (CX-310-061)
Exam type: Multiple choice, short answer, and drag and drop
Number of questions: 48
Pass score: 68%
Time limit: 75 minutes
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Preparation Tips :
I refered couple of books for SCEA among them are "All-In One Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Study Guide by Paul R Allen and Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide by mark cade and simon roberts. This covers all the theory part related with Connectivity, Security, Ejbs, Design Patterns, Protocols etc.
I used couple of simulators such as Wizlabs, Learnkey , EPractize Labs simulator.
How Much Preparation Is Enough?
It varies from person to person depending upon how much experience one has in J2EE technology and UML. Typically it should take around 1 to 6 months :-) .
I would say one has to be "Jack of all , master of All" to clear this exam. This exam covers most of the J2EE features , methodologies, technologies to become a real Software Architect.
Few helpful links
http://www.leocrawford.org.uk/work/jcea/part1/index.html ( Whole lot of materials for SCEA )
http://www.tml.tkk.fi/~pnr/Tik-76.278/gof/html/ ( Design Patterns )
http://www.pafis.shh.fi/~jushal03/Asymmetrical.htm ( Cryptography )
www.objectmentor.com/resources/articles/umlClassDiagrams.pdf ( UML Class diagrams )
http://www.geocities.com/subra_73/SCEA_Practice_Questions.htm ( Lots of Question Ans)