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Tracy Qi
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Joined: Apr 23, 2001
Posts: 37
Hi, guys, I just cleared my XML test with 66%.
Section Title % of Test Score
------------- --------- -----
Nonagree 18% 84%
Design 23% 70%
Information Modeling 25% 52%
XML Processing 10% 57%
XML Rendering 5% 100%
XML Query 19% 57%
Some of experiences I's like to share from you.
1. Not too much syntax question. Don't try to memorize that.
2. Skip all the Design questions until you finsih all other questions. Most of them are based on one scenario. So it makes sense to finish it together.
3. Time is big issue here. I got only 20 miniutes left.
4. only 1 question on format object.
Thanks for all the help. I couldn't do it without this forum. Thanks guys.
Tracy Qi
Sun Certified Java Programmer
Sun Certified Java Developer
Sun Certified Web Component Developer
IBM Certified XML And Related Tech
Fei Ng
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Joined: Aug 26, 2000
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Good work!!! Congratulations Congratulations
pls.. tell us more abou the exam.
Valentin Crettaz
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Joined: Aug 26, 2001
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Congratulations Tracy
good job
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Tracy Qi
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Joined: Apr 23, 2001
Posts: 37
Here are more details.
1. I have NO background on XML development. It took me almost 2 weeks to familiar with all those acronyms. Even I have pretty handful experience on Java. That doesn't help too much.
2. After I finished those acronyms, I went through a lot tutorials online, especially IBM ones. Here is the link:
3. The real exam looks pretty much like IBM sample test. As other people said here, some of the questiosns are even twisted from the sample test, but I think only a couple of them. Most of the questions are covered under objectives.
I will add more after I have my head freshed.
Louis Fegun
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Joined: Aug 18, 2001
Posts: 60
Congratulations. That was a great job. Did you use xml hand book or xml bible?. Let's hear from you when your head is freshened up.
vinay rc

Joined: Oct 28, 2001
Posts: 2
congrats Tracy,

How do prepare for the moc test.How did u collected the moc tests.
Fei Ng
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Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 1242
What did u use to perpare for the exam??
Books?? I am looking for a good book on XML but just for
the exam. Actaully, i am not going for the exam anytime
Raseswari Achanta
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Joined: Sep 25, 2001
Posts: 30
Congrates Tracy!!!
I'm also planning to take the XML exam. Could u pls. guide me which book to follow, mock tests etc. And pls. let me know the topic names that were given more stress in the exam so that I can put more effort on that.
Thanks in Advance,
Tracy Qi
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Joined: Apr 23, 2001
Posts: 37
Thanks, guys.
I used XML Bible book to prepare my test. Actually I don't quite like the book. It has a lengthy baseball example which will take 4-5 pages everytime the author mentions it. But as other people it has very detailed information on every aspects on XML/XSLT/XPATH. So you can find detailed explaination on every function. So it will be a good reference book though.
I didn't use XML handbook.
As for the preparation method, I used XML bible, XML@Whiz, online resources. Ajith has a pretty decent list of all the resources in this forum.
Most of the questions are concept based. they asked you to choose between Attr/Element, DOM/SAX, XSLT/CSS. Also there are questions ask you to give you the result of XML and XSLT files. They have very simple XPATH in the XSL file, nothing complicated as those in XML@whiz.
As for Design questions, as I said before, skip those first, then try to conquer them once.
But anyway, I was just barely passed the exam. But hope those helps.

Joined: Oct 30, 2001
Posts: 5
Can you tell us about the XML@Whiz?
Is that helpful ?
Is the XML@Whiz test score similar to your real exam score?
Tracy Qi
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Joined: Apr 23, 2001
Posts: 37
Hi, superwings.
As for XML@Whiz, I'd say it's a pretty descent product. At least you can find 300+ questions to test your knowledge base. Also since this is the only one, you have no other choices. So if you are not too short of money, it's worth a try.
But as I said before, I still think it is under construction. Some of question have wrong answers. Some of them are typos. They need do more work on it. And they won't give me refund even I found at least 10 errors. JWeb+ gave me full refund after I pointed out their errors.
Anyway, that's my opinion.
Good luck.
Ray Smilgius
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Joined: Jan 29, 2001
Posts: 120
Hi Tracy,
What does the exam costs. How many questions and in what time frame.'

Thanks in Advance Ray Smilgius

Tracy Qi
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Joined: Apr 23, 2001
Posts: 37
It costs $150
90 mins
74 question.
Purvesh Sharma
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Joined: Oct 29, 2001
Posts: 36
Dear Tracy,
Congratulations!!! on your success in the exam and thanks for using our product, appreciating it and providing your valuable feedback which helped us improve a lot!!! I am currently reviewing the product for removing all those errors.
Thanks again!
Purvesh Sharma
XML@Whiz - IBM XML Certification Test Simulator
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