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Passed 486 with 88%

Serge Adzinets
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Joined: Nov 26, 2002
Posts: 166
I was really pleased both to prepare for the exam and to take it. Hopefully it made me a better developer.
I've prepared with Larman and Fowler books and UML notes from objectbydesign. Two days before the exam I took a sample ICE test and got only 65%, so was afraid not to pass.
The exam was pretty easy still with at least 3 ambiguous questions. At least 50% of the questions included diagrams.
I didn't leave the diagramming questions on the first pass as others recommended (don't think it helps). What is really helpful for many diagramming questions is to read the question first and only then to look at the diagram. The picture usually contains a lot more information than you really need to answer, so I used to read each option and then looked at the image to find if it's valid. Sometimes you even don't need to look at the picture to find the correct option.
Would like to thank all who participated in this forum and discussed the questions, Howard Kushner, Ed Roman, Martin Fowler, Craig Larman and others for their great books, and of course IBM for their promotion program
It was the last test of Enterprise Developer cert, so waiting to get a certificate now
As Axel mentioned, as you pass more exams you're becoming more and more cert-dependent. I'll hardly be able to stop too.

Best Regards,<br />Serge
Satish Avadhanam
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Joined: Aug 12, 2003
Posts: 697
Hi Serge, that's really good score.

Thanks for sharing too
Hari Vignesh Padmanaban
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Joined: Oct 07, 2003
Posts: 578
congrats Great Score !!!
Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982
Hi Serge,
I hope I can get ICED in this promotion too!
One more to go.

SCJP 1.2, OCP 9i DBA, SCWCD 1.3, SCJP 1.4 (SAI), SCJD 1.4, SCWCD 1.4 (Beta), ICED (IBM 287, IBM 484, IBM 486), SCMAD 1.0 (Beta), SCBCD 1.3, ICSD (IBM 288), ICDBA (IBM 700, IBM 701), SCDJWS, ICSD (IBM 348), OCP 10g DBA (Beta), SCJP 5.0 (Beta), SCJA 1.0 (Beta), MCP(70-270), SCBCD 5.0 (Beta), SCJP 6.0, SCEA for JEE5 (in progress)
Ramon Gill
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Joined: May 15, 2003
Posts: 344
Serge, great result, well done.
You're right about certs - they do become addictive. There's always another one to consider. They do help to improve us though.
SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCEA (part 1), IBM -484
Axel Janssen
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Joined: Jan 08, 2001
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Marcelo Sousa Ancelmo
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Joined: Jan 17, 2002
Posts: 498


Marcelo Sousa Ancelmo - Brazil
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