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IBM 484 Sample test details

Vishwa Kumba
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I have passed SCWCD1.3 and a SCBCD1.3
(Servlets2.3, JSP1.2 and EJB2.0)
1. I believe the exam is on J2EE1.3. What topics do I need to focus more on to pass the exam IBM - 484 - J2EE Connectivity?
2. Do I need to take the Sample test (pay 10$ for the qualifying round) at the IBM/Prometric site and then 150$ for the final exam. Is the sample exam compulsory? Do I need to go to the prometric test centre to take this test?...Can I take the actual exam even if I fail the sample test?

3. Somebody also mentioned about IBM ICE tool. Is it some kind of IBM mock exam simulator? Is it free? Where can I find the details about this?....

Any responses will be appreciated. thanks!
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Nicholas Cheung
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1. I believe the exam is on J2EE1.3. What topics do I need to focus more on to pass the exam IBM - 484 - J2EE Connectivity?

YES. You need to read JDBC, JAXP, JAAS, JCA, etc, topics. You also need to read the deployment.

2. Do I need to take the Sample test (pay 10$ for the qualifying round) at the IBM/Prometric site and then 150$ for the final exam. Is the sample exam compulsory? Do I need to go to the prometric test centre to take this test?...Can I take the actual exam even if I fail the sample test?

The sample test is not complusory, you can take the real exam directly. We took sample test becos IBM gives free vouchers to those who pass the sample test in the past cert. promotion.

3. Somebody also mentioned about IBM ICE tool. Is it some kind of IBM mock exam simulator? Is it free? Where can I find the details about this?....

ICE is the free version of sample test. However, when sample test is launched, ICE dead.
Nick


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Vishwa Kumba
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Thanks Nicholas,
In that case I'll take up the IBM mock exam for 10$ and then go for the actual exam. Atleast I'll know what my chances are for passing the actual exam.
Vishwa Kumba
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Just how difficult is this exam?...I passed SCBCD1.3 without writing a single CMP entity bean, though I did practice the other type of beans.
Simply how much practice/tutorials is required for areas like JNDI, JMS, JCA, JAXP, JAAS?.....These are the areas in which I do not have much practical experience.
Is reading the J2EE1.3 specification required for this exam?
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Nicholas Cheung
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In that case I'll take up the IBM mock exam for 10$ and then go for the actual exam. Atleast I'll know what my chances are for passing the actual exam.

In case you dont want to pay $10 for online test, you can find the whole set of ICE questions here:
http://www.coderanch.com/t/144318/po/certification/Test-LONG-POST
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Nicholas Cheung
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Just how difficult is this exam?...I passed SCBCD1.3 without writing a single CMP entity bean, though I did practice the other type of beans.

If you already passed SCWCD and SCBCD, you will find no difficulty for these topics. As you may expect, 484's coverage is so big that questions may not get as deep as SCWCD and SCBCD.

Simply how much practice/tutorials is required for areas like JNDI, JMS, JCA, JAXP, JAAS?.....These are the areas in which I do not have much practical experience.

Just read those tutorials that are recommended in IBM's education resources, as well as Whizlabs' resource page.
Personally, I havent put much time in these topics, as there are only 10 questions related to this area. Of course, if you have time, you should try to read more on them.

Is reading the J2EE1.3 specification required for this exam?

I havent read any specifications for preparing this exam. In case you feel more comfortable, you may read it.
Nick
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Vishwa Kumba
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thanks Nick,
Do I have to memorize any part of the J2EE API and the DTD tags?
Sun's SCBCD exam caught a lot of beta testers by surprise with a lot of questions on EJB roles, EJB-QL and ejb-jar.dtd tags.
Are there any gotchas that I need to watch out for in the actual exam?
Vishwa Kumba
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Apart from reading plenty of J2EE literature, do we need to practice the tutorials also on JMS, JNDI, JAXP, JAAS etc....mentioned in the above links.
I assume for the tutorials, SUN's reference implementation 1.3 would be sufficient for the exam.
Nicholas Cheung
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Do I have to memorize any part of the J2EE API and the DTD tags?

NO. IBM's test is a bit difference that SUN's.
IBM just need you to know the basic on EJB lifecycles, how beans are created, and invoked.
Of course, you need to know what is the difference, say, between the create() method of Stateless Session Bean and Stateful Session Bean, but that's it. All basic stuffs will be questioned.

Sun's SCBCD exam caught a lot of beta testers by surprise with a lot of questions on EJB roles, EJB-QL and ejb-jar.dtd tags.

I forget about whether there are questions about EJB-QL, but it seems I dont have such questions. For DTD, I think you dont need to the detail, but there are 4 questions about how to deploy Web and EJB applications, thus, you may need to know, again, the general issues on deployment.
Nick
Nicholas Cheung
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Apart from reading plenty of J2EE literature, do we need to practice the tutorials also on JMS, JNDI, JAXP, JAAS etc....mentioned in the above links.

If you have time, YES, as each of these technolgoies contains 1-2 questions, and together 11 questions. Thus, if you read them in detail, you can get many correct answers from them.
But if you dont have time, even you dont read those tutorials, you can still pass the exams, like me , if you have experiences on Servlets, JSP, and EJB.
Honestly, I passed this exam very very marginally, as I totally give up that section since I have only 1 week to study

I assume for the tutorials, SUN's reference implementation 1.3 would be sufficient for the exam.

I am not sure about this, as I just read SCWCD Exam Study Kit, and HF EJB to prepare for this test.
Nick
 
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