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Passed IBM 486 with 83%

Theodore Casser
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The scary thought is that this exam is the one I thought I had the most trouble with, and it's the one I've done the best on.
I used a different testing center this time, which I think I will use again in the future (UMBC's testing center, MD53, for anyone who lives in the Baltimore, MD area) - it was quiet and has nice, big monitors for scrolling along exhibits.
Time Required: 1 hour 7 minutes
My scores:

Preparation Materials:
* UML Distilled 2/e by Martin Fowler
* Applying UML and Patterns 2/e by Craig Larman
* Notes on Larman by Ezequiel Cuellar (downloaded from ObjectsByDesign.com)
Mock Exams:
* IBM's ICE site
* Review questions (2 batches) from ObjectsByDesign.com
* OOAD@Whiz
I have to say that the OOAD@Whiz was a wonderful product, even at the fairly high purchase price. Not only did it get me comfortable with having to go back and forth between the fair number of exhibits, but it was actually harder than the real exam. While that ended up really depressing my confidence prior to my taking 486, I think I'd rather go into an exam thinking that I'll have trouble due to overly tough mocks than have an engine tell me, "You're doing great!" and get in there to find it much harder.
Many of the questions were fairly straight forward, and it used two different example scenarios for the entire exam. One difference between OOAD@Whiz and the real exam - there were only two questions on my exam today that involved recognizing design patterns, and both of them were more involved with the application than identifying them.
This isn't to say that the exam is easy - I think I only did so well because I made myself panic about how poorly I was doing in the OOAD@Whiz tests, and consequently made myself sick studying the books over, and over, and over again. (I think my coworkers must think I'm insane by now, from the piles of flashcards I was toting around and reviewing almost constantly.)
Well, now I have both 483 and 486 under my belt... now just to figure out which of the various server exams (WSAD or iPlanet) to go try to take to get my Enterprise Developer cert...


Theodore Jonathan Casser
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v giri
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Congratulations and Best wishes for your next milestone
-giri


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Ruff Young
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Congratulations!


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Axel Janssen
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Congratulations.
Thanks for useful information about exam
Theodore Casser
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Originally posted by Axel Janssen:
Thanks for useful information about exam

You're very welcome.
The biggest problem I personally had in figuring out how to prepare for the exam was trying to figure out what to do. Most of the posts that I've seen simply tell you that you should read Fowler and Larman and take the ICE test... and well, that's just not helpful beyond a certain point. So if I can be a help...
Vikrama Sanjeeva
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Joined: Sep 02, 2001
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Hi,
Congrats. Attracting score. U said total time was 1 hr & 7 mins i.e 67 mins. But I have heard from objectsbydesign and some other pplz. they says total time is 135 min. Plz confirm this.
What was ur score in OOAD@Whiz 4 tests? and what was final score? How do u compare questions of OOAD@Whiz and exam? Does the type of questions were similar to that of exam?
What was ur major domain in test?
Bye,
Viki.


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John Lee
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Congratulations !
Theodore Casser
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Originally posted by Vikrama Sanjeeva:
Hi,
Congrats. Attracting score. U said total time was 1 hr & 7 mins i.e 67 mins. But I have heard from objectsbydesign and some other pplz. they says total time is 135 min. Plz confirm this.

It took me 1 hour 7 minutes to finish the test. The exam allows you up to 2 hours and 15 minutes (135 minutes) to complete it. (In other words, I finished with 68 minutes remaining.)
What was ur score in OOAD@Whiz 4 tests? and what was final score? How do u compare questions of OOAD@Whiz and exam? Does the type of questions were similar to that of exam?

As I mentioned previously, the OOAD@Whiz quizzes were harder, imho. My scores varied from low 50's to mid 60's, with about 65 on my final quiz.
What was ur major domain in test?

I'd rather not disclose that. I have a feeling that it would tread too close to the rule about discussing questions on the real exam, sorry.
[ March 10, 2003: Message edited by: Theodore Casser ]
Vikrama Sanjeeva
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Hi,
Originally posted by Theodore Casser:

I'd rather not disclose that. I have a feeling that it would tread too close to the rule about discussing questions on the real exam, sorry.

Nor does I meant to be like this. Asking domain, or desclosing domain's name is not a big deal. In past some guyz has just mentioned the name. I am not asking any domain related question.
Bye,
Viki.
[ March 10, 2003: Message edited by: Vikrama Sanjeeva ]
Bhushan Jawle
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COngrats
Theodore Casser
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Originally posted by Vikrama Sanjeeva:
Nor does I meant to be like this. Asking domain, or desclosing domain's name is not a big deal.

Well, when you put your request in that context, I'd be inclined to agree with you that I overreacted slightly.
To answer the question, the domain on my exam was a semi-fleshed out ticketing system.
Ashik Uzzaman
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Joined: Jul 05, 2001
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Congrats Theo. score...
Any comment about time pressure?


Ashik Uzzaman
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Theodore Casser
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Originally posted by Ashik uzzaman:
Any comment about time pressure?

The only time pressure I felt was the pressure I put on myself.
For the most part, this test is fairly straight forward - they don't ask too many trick questions, and there's exhibits for a good many of the questions. The time alloted (2h 15m) is more than enough, I think, to finish the whole thing.
 
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