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Weblogic 7.0 certification

sathya sriram
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Joined: Mar 06, 2003
Posts: 6
Hi,
Has anyone recently cleared Weblogic 7.0 Developer certification exam?
If so, please let me know...

Thanks in advance.
Sathya
faiza athar
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Joined: Oct 30, 2001
Posts: 136
I cleared the exam this Jan '03 .
What do you want to ask.
faiza
Enrico Mannarino
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Joined: Dec 14, 2001
Posts: 133
Hi faiza,
I'm thinking of taking this exam as well.
How did you prepare?
Any good mock exams?
How do you grade the real exam: easy, tough, really tough?
Do you think the exam was pretty straightforward or was it a lot of pitfalls?
Thank you in advance
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Enrico Mannarino
Sachin Kansal
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Joined: Sep 18, 2002
Posts: 34
Hi! All,
What are the sources for preparation of Weblogic 7.0 certification?
thanx in advance.
Sachin
sathya sriram
Greenhorn

Joined: Mar 06, 2003
Posts: 6
Hi Faiza,
Since u had taken the exam in Jan 2003 which is recent can u please give suggestions as what materials would be best to prepare for the exam?
Books??
WebLinks??
Forum???
Your suggestions would be helpful.
Thanks in advance,
Sathya Sriram
[ April 03, 2003: Message edited by: sathya sriram ]
faiza athar
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Joined: Oct 30, 2001
Posts: 136
Hi All
The exam really concentrates more on the general J2EE concepts, (ejb, servlets and jsp, mdb)
Heres a good strategy:
* Learn the working of ejb from Monson Haefel book, know the lifecycle, resource management, benefits, when to use which ejb, and exceptions
Go through the bea pdf files for the ejb and related stuff, also go thru the admin guide for the related material
* For jsp, servlets dont miss the javaranch scwcd forum. Clearing that exam helped me alot but some questions were tricky and having the whole picture of calling ejb frm servlets , etc, session management...
*Go through the weblogic specific pdf's twice and dont forget the admin commands, whatis the return value, wht should be the arguments etc
* If you can practice with jsp,servlet, calling ejb...that would be great and really helpful.
Hope this helps !
Faiza
Al Newman
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Joined: Mar 30, 2003
Posts: 716
The way I think I'll approach it is to take the SCWCD test first then proceed to this one. I figure doing the other first will help me pass this one. Since more materials are available for the SCWCD it ought to be easier to prepare for.
Useful links I have found are:
http://certification.bea.com/certification/index.jsp
http://www.whizlabs.com/weblogic/faq.html
http://www.whizlabs.com/bea-certification.html
These are the only mock exams for the Weblogic cert I've been able to come up with thus far. Still looking.....


SCJP1.4, SCWCD
W Tan
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 08, 2002
Posts: 13
Hi,
I took the exam on 25 Mar 03 and passed with score of 81%. Let me see if I can help with some feedback based on my preparation/taking of the exam. For me, my experience is primarily in Webpshere 4 and Weblogic 5, and I attended the Weblogic 7 EJB course from BEA. My motivation to take the exam is really because my new job will probably require me to use Weblogic 7, and having a goal while learning helps me alot.
1) The sample exam from BEA is too simple
2) The whizlabs mock exam in my opinion is not helpful at all - definitely not worth the money they are charging. They had questions on integration with Weblogic Enterprise Server which did not appear at all in the actual exam. The answers to some questions were not clear and for some questions non-existent (they just gave the correct choice without any explanation). Some questions/choices to questions were phrased quite badly. Some questions (and their answers) were obviously pulled directly from the BEA documentation. My overall impression is that whizlab put this up in a hurry, and their technical support did not get back to me at all when I emailed them on some issues.
3) The Gamma site mock exam, although based on Weblogic 6 is fairly useful although I remember they did not have explanations/answers for the questions (you get a score)
4) The general (non-Weblogic specific) EJBs, JMS, Servlet/JSP, Web Services questions in the actual exam are quite simple if you have worked on them before. Definitely not as difficult as the questions from the IBM Websphere exam (158) and IBM J2EE Connectivity exam (483).
5) The Weblogic specific questions on the J2EE components (EJBs, JMS, JSP etc) are also not difficult in that they are not tricky and if you have worked with them or read the relevant manuals, they are quite straightforward.
6) For me, I scored lowest in the Administration portion of the actual exam as I am not a administrator. Even then, I feel that the answers to the questions are not that difficult if I had adequate experience and studied hard enough. The book BEA WebLogic 7 Server Administration by Ali Akbar, Keyur Shah was helpful in that it contains a good summary although most of the stuff in the book can be found in the BEA documentation.

7) I feel that in terms of preparation, go through the suggested readings from BEA website on the exam topics, Go through the sample application that comes with Weblogic 7 installation, take the BEA sample exam and the Gamma one, and you should pass.
8) To get a feel of the type of questions you will probably encounter, I remember getting questions on the Weblogic JSP custom tags, Weblogic features for managing EJBs (pool parameters, entity bean caching etc), some stuff on weblogic.xml/weblogic-ejb-jar.xml parameters, Clustering mechanism, access thro JNDI, weblogic.Admin commands, start-up sequence of Weblogic server. I honestly cannot remember much more than this.

good luck!
Nav Nav
Greenhorn

Joined: Apr 21, 2003
Posts: 21
Gamma site mock exam???
Does this mock exam cost money ???
Nav Nav
Greenhorn

Joined: Apr 21, 2003
Posts: 21
The book BEA WebLogic 7 Server Administration by Ali Akbar, Keyur Shah seems to be a good book compared to the other ones in the market
Timothy Tsai
Greenhorn

Joined: May 14, 2003
Posts: 5
what is the passing grade on this exam?
Where can I find more info in terms of number of questions on the exam, etc.


- IBM Certified Enterprise Developer - Websphere Studio 5.0 (J2EE, UML, SCJP, WSAD)<br /> - BEA Certified WebLogic V7.0<br /> - Sun Certified Business Component Developer (SCBCD)<br /> - Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP)<br /> - Sun Certified Enterprise Architect (Passed Part I, working on Part II)
Timothy Tsai
Greenhorn

Joined: May 14, 2003
Posts: 5
Just took the exam. 70 Questions, passing socre is 60%.
 
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