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Passed 285 Exam

 
Alex To
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I passed 285 exam yesterday, with overall score of 72%. Here is the breakdown.
% of Test My Score
1. Workbench Basics 15.5% 62%
2. Java Development 27% 71%
3. Web Development 20% 100%
4. Running Applications 12% 66%
5. Debugging 17.5% 66%
6. Data 8% 50%
- Alex
 
Francis Siu
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Well done & Congratulations

What is the 285 Exam?
IBM?
 
faiza athar
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Which book would you suggest for preparation?
Plz give some tips about study strategy.
thanx
 
Vijay S. Rathore
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Congratulations Alex
 
amchi gelo
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Hey ALex, Congratulations! I am planning to take it early May.
Can you tell us how you found the exam to be? Was it similar to ICE? What parts are important? any other tips? What material did you study?
Sanjay
 
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Here are the replies:
- Test 285 is "Developing with WebSphere Studio, V5.0". Passing the exam means you are an "IBM Certified Associate Developer - WebSphere Studio, V5.0"
- Actually I passed Test 345 (corresponding exam for V4.0.x) 2 months ago. So this time I hadn't read any book. (BTW, the resources suggested in IBM site are the same as those of V4.0.x).
- Study strategy:
(a) If you passed Test 345 (or 157) before, then you only need to concentrate on the new stuff bring in V5, e.g. Java browsing perspective, Help search narrowing, files location (\webApplication Vs \Web Content).
(b) If you had not prepared Test 345 (or 157) before, then (i) pick any one book in "http://www-1.ibm.com/certify/tests/edu285.shtml", (ii) work on ICE exam find those topics you're not familiar, (iii) find answer from WSAD 5.0 Help OR try write some sample code to prove the answers.
- Real exam is similar to ICE in the sense they are coming from the same syllabus ("http://www-1.ibm.com/certify/tests/obj285.shtml"). However, don't expect you get the same questions.
-- Alex
 
Tong Chen
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Congratulations, Alex!
Thanks for your tips, too!
 
amchi gelo
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Thanks Alex.
I found the ICE exam "easy" and was able to pass without any help the first time. I passed it on Apr 7 but didnt get any voucher since I think it just got over that very day.
Is it important to have hands on practice on Database access and XML and stuff through WSAD 5?
 
Alex To
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XML is not in the syllabus of 285, nor Team nor Web Service nor EJB.
Try to build a sample db and play around adding a db source, import folder, using wizards etc should be good enough.
A tips: When play around in creating project / datasource / using page wizards, always mark down which fields are mandatory. Seems I got that kind of questions in all the Test 345, 157, and 285.
 
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Congratulations
 
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