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IBM's 633, 634 and 635 tests

Marcelo Ortega
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Joined: May 31, 2005
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Hi people.
What would are the market's point of view for these tests (IBM Certified Specialist for Rational Object Oriented Analysis and Design)?
Would it be a good investment?
Are there any other forums which are devoted a little more for IBM test?
What about FAQs?
Can anyone please point out some good books for these test?

Thanks in advance,
Mars.


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Jeremy Anderson
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I am studying for these exams right now. Someone once suggested this book to me and I've found it to be a valuable resource....

Applying UML and Patterns : An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and Iterative Development (3rd Edition)

I don't know what the market's view on this exam is, but I'm finding that it is helping me to tighten up my OO design skills.

Regards,

Jeremy
Marcelo Ortega
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Thanks Jeremy.
Have you passed any of them yet? If so, how would you compare the difficulty level to, say for example, the SCJP or the like?

Do you think this book is appropriate for all three exams?
Also, i followed your link to amazon and on the front cover of the book it says Second edition?

You have really helped me with your last post.

Warm regards,
Mars.
[ March 22, 2006: Message edited by: Marcelo Ortega ]
Jeremy Anderson
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I haven't taken any of the tests yet so I can't speak to how difficult they are compared to the SCJP. This book probably won't help with the 635 exam since it is based on Rational Rose.
Marcelo Ortega
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I have searched this site for related 633... topics and found this.
Is what Nicolas claims true? If so that is a bummer, because i would really like and OOA/D cert .

??

Thanks in advance,
Mars.
Marcelo Ortega
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Are there any other ways of getting around this problem? Or are there any other OOAD certifications available on the market?


Kind regards,
Mars.
Peter Sin
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You can consider to take OCUP (OMG Certified UML Professional) certification. Some of the ranchers had passed the fundamental or intermediate level certification tests.
Marcelo Ortega
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Thanks Peter.
Rimjhim Ray
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Joined: Jan 11, 2005
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I passed the IBM test 633 today with 88%. If you need any tips and tricks feel free to give me a shout!!
Marcelo Ortega
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Hi Rimjhim,
I assume you are an IBM partner or something? Because these certificates are only for IBM partners or employees (which i find quite stupid).

Regards.
Rimjhim Ray
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Joined: Jan 11, 2005
Posts: 9
Hi Marcelo

I had written to ibm's certify cell and they had clarified that the rule that these certs are only for IBM business partners is no longer valid-so anyone can get certified!! And I agree with you, the rule was really stupid!
[ March 26, 2006: Message edited by: Rimjhim Ray ]
Marcelo Ortega
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Thanks Rimjhim, your words have really inspired me now.
Can you please let me know what book you read and what mocks you did? Also which books and mocks are you going to use for the 634 and 635 exams?
Last 2 questions... How long did it take you to prepare for the 633 and what was the difficulty level of the exam compared to something like the SCJP?

Thanks once again,
Mars.
[ March 27, 2006: Message edited by: Marcelo Ortega ]
Munesh Raj
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Congrats Rhimjhim!!!
Peter Sin
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Originally posted by Rimjhim Ray:
Hi Marcelo

I had written to ibm's certify cell and they had clarified that the rule that these certs are only for IBM business partners is no longer valid-so anyone can get certified!! And I agree with you, the rule was really stupid!



Can you provide any proof ? IBM website has added some red words recently. It said "They are not open to end-users!".
Praveen Jayakumar
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Joined: Jun 01, 2005
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December 2005 I completed 633, 634 and 635. Question weren't that tough but unlike SCJP they dont say number of correct answers, it just says "select all the correct answers".
purnima rao
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Joined: Apr 19, 2006
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Can you refer other reference materials for these tests?
I was planning to take up Rational OOAD+UML test 486 earlier.
Later realised it was not a seperate certification on its own.
Was refering to
1.UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language, By Martin Fowler
2.Applying UML and Patterns: An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and the Unified Process, 2nd Edition By Craig Larman

as part of the 486 Test. Would these still help for 633,634?
Can you refer other reference materials for these tests?
I realise 635 is entirely on rational rose.

Thanks in advance!
Narmadha Raji
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Joined: May 12, 2006
Posts: 1
Hi,
Can anyone please suggest some books for Test 635: Fundamentals of Rational Rose?

regards
Narmadha
Rimjhim Ray
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Joined: Jan 11, 2005
Posts: 9
Peter,

I am not sure if IBM has changed any policies recently..as for proof..pls give me your email id so that I cld forward the mail from ibm's cert division to you.
Rimjhim Ray
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Joined: Jan 11, 2005
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I passed the IBM 634 exam with 81%. I am not sure hw to go abt the 3rd exam in this series thats test 635 on Rose.. Could any one pls give me some pointers on this?
Peter Sin
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Hi Rimjhim,

Thanks for your reply. my email id is petersin1688@yahoo.com

As of now, IBM still says 633, 634 and 635 tests are not open to end-users !

The followings are extracted from IBM web sites.
http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/certs/rl_index.shtml
-----------------------------------------------------------

Certifications for all candidates

IBM Certified Solution Designer - IBM Rational Manual Tester


IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V6.0

IBM Certified Associate Developer - Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V6.0
IBM Certified Application Developer - Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V6.0
IBM Certified Solution Developer � Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V6.0
IBM Certified Advanced Application Developer - Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V6.0

IBM Certified Instructor - Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software V6.0 , Application Development




Certifications for all IBM Business Partners, Educational Partners and IBM employees only

The following certifications assume experience with the underlying Rational products and therefore are open only to IBM Business Partners, IBM Educational Partners and IBM employees. They are not open to end-users!

To learn more about IBM PartnerWorld program, click here: www.ibm.com/partnerworld.

To learn more about IBM Education Centers for IBM Software, click here: www.ibm.com/software/partners/educationcenters/.


IBM Certified Specialist for Rational Test Management and Robot
IBM Certified Specialist for Rational Test Management and XDE Tester
IBM Certified Administrator for Rational UCM Fundamentals
IBM Certified Administrator for Rational ClearCase UNIX
IBM Certified Administrator for Rational ClearCase Windows
IBM Certified Administrator for Rational ClearQuest
IBM Certified Specialist for Rational Object Oriented Analysis and Design
IBM Certified Specialist for Rational Unified Process
IBM Certified Specialist for Rational Requirements Management w/Use Cases
IBM Certified Specialist for Rational XDE.NET
IBM Certified Specialist for Rational XDE J2EE

News

Certifications for all candidates

No news currently


Certification for all IBM Business & Education Partners and employees

No news currently
Mukesh G Nagar
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Joined: May 23, 2006
Posts: 14
IBM's exams are open for every one. This site is not updated. One of my friend has recently appeared for the examination.
Mahmoud Matouk
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Joined: Mar 21, 2003
Posts: 41
Hi All,

I've contacted the IBM certification center and they told me to ignore the note that these exams are for IBMers only.

They've confirmed that all rational exams are open for all users.
Vinay Raj
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Joined: Jun 19, 2006
Posts: 81
I am planning to do IBM Certified Specialist for Rational OOAD, i.e. give the 633, 634 and 635 tests.

Can any one please provide pointers to the books, sites or any other resources one can use to study for this certification?
Mukesh G Nagar
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Joined: May 23, 2006
Posts: 14
A good book for passing 633, 634 is UML User Guide by 3 amigos. You can easily pass the exam by reading this book only. If you want to go extra mile you can read "Applying UML and Pattens" by Craig Larman. Larman books explains association, interaction diagrams etc. well. Though you don't need to read this book completely. You can select the topic based on the objective of the 633, 634 exams.
For passing 635 you need Rational Rose by Quatrani. But this 635 exam is the simplest one. Generally we don't get any questions on Rose Script.

Hope this will help.
Vinay Raj
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Joined: Jun 19, 2006
Posts: 81
Thanks for your reply Mukesh. Besides the books are you aware of any sites that provide mock exams?
 
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