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IBM 633

Scott Waddell

Joined: Aug 15, 2006
Posts: 10
Hi folks,

I'm preparing to write this exam in a few days, and have read the Fowler and Larman books. However, I'm still not sure what the nature of the exam questions will be. Even after looking on IBM's web site, I can't tell if this exam is focussed more on UML syntax, or on OOA/D using UML. For example, when reading Larman's book, should I be familiar with the design patterns he describes?

There seems to be lots of information for IBM's 486 exam, but next to nothing for 633/634/635. Any advice would be appreciated!

(PS. I have read the other threads here and, while helpful, haven't answered all my questions.)

An Raj

Joined: Aug 10, 2006
Posts: 6
I have been looking for the same kind of information as you.

What do you think is the preparation time for each of the exams? How do you find the study materials (are they only from the books you had mentioned or did you get some input from IBM)?
I did see some information about this in IBM page. Did you follow them?
Sorry, I am not of help...but good luck to you!
Scott Waddell

Joined: Aug 15, 2006
Posts: 10
Hi An,

Basically, I looked at the exam objectives, and matched up related content in the Fowler and Larman books (which I purchased). The only problem is, though, it's not entirely obvious from the exam objectives whether I only need to worry about the UML and basic OOA/D concepts, or whether I'll get questions about design patterns, GRASP, the UP, etc.
Scott Waddell

Joined: Aug 15, 2006
Posts: 10
Sorry to reply to my own post, but I just passed IBM 633!

It was not quite what I expected. Although it was mostly about UML syntax, and interpreting diagrams and their meanings, there were a few process-related questions. Also, there were questions on package and deployment diagrams, even though these weren't mentioned in IBM's exam objectives.

Here are the scoring categories:

Class Design
Interaction Diagrams
Requirements Overview
RUP Disciplines and Workflows
State Diagrams
UML Relationships

I hope this information helps anyone else preparing for this exam. And remember, it's UML 1.x, not 2.0!
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