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Passed test 141

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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
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today I passed the IBM 141 Test with 70%.
A big and warm thank you to all contributers to this discussion board. The information here was a great help - without I surely could not have passed.
Well, guess I got the central Europe version of the test. I got some questions about topics nobody else mentioned before and some topics mentioned didn't appear in my test:
- DOM: one question asked about some of the DOM Events methods.
- XML Schema: two qestions on Regular Expressions; but just the very basics like a special value would fit in an expression like this [A-Z]{3}[0-9]{2}.
- EBusiness: one question about some ebusiness terms (maybe I should have read the chapters 25 and 26 of Prof. XML 2nd edition)
- Namespace: A question aksed about namespace coercion...
- XML Schema: Nothing about Namespace handling in import or include, nothing about keys.
- SOAP: A question about SOAP encoding and SOAP extension (guess I lost this point)
- XSLT: no namespace, no keys
- CSS: nothing
- XML Security: One question about if Integrity and some other topic are part of XML Security
I had 24 seconds left after answering the last question... So I just sat there whatching the last seconds passing by. - The style of the questions I found pretty similar to the 141 sample test. I noticed that reading through all the 'exhibit button' text isn't allways necessary. It saved some time to read the question and all the possible answers first - and just in case go through the long 'exhibits button' text...
For preparation I used Prof. XML 2nd (worth reading are the chapters 2!, 3!, 4, 5!, 6, 8, 10, 11!, 12!, 20), XML Schemas (worth reading art the chapters 1!, 2!, 3!, 4!, 6! and parts of 7, 8 and 9), O'Reillys XSLT complete (don't worry - half of the book is just numb code you don't have to care about), XML Bible (worth reading are chapters on Entity and Notations 10!, 11!, 12! and on XSL-FO, XLink and XPointers 18!, 19!, 20), the DOM2 Core Spec (I colour-printed it, found this much better to consume than the overview in Prof XML 2nd).
(don't miss to read the ! marked chapters - guess it should not be a problem to skipp the chapters I left out; so all in all its a big stash of paper on your desk - but 60% you can skip).
Besides the books I can recommend the following web resources:
- JavaRanch - this disussion forum and all the valuable comments of people which have taken the 141 test already - thank you William Li, Menon Hema, Viktor Stepanchuk, Vani Kadur, Niharika Srivastav, Mapraputa Is, Mamta Swain, Frank Lin)
- XML, XSLT, XPath Syntax Cards from Mulberry (thanks for this folks...)
- WebServices: the overview articles from Sun at and as an nice intro and the SOAP Tutorial on
- the XPath and XSLT Tutorial on
- XML Security:
- The IBM sample test 140 and 141
XML@Whiz - very nice to have this program. Thanks! Hope that in a near future release they will review all the questions and answers and get rid of some real bad mistakes. Be a bit critical about the answers. - One more tip: I copy-pasted all questions I had trouble with in a text editor and printed them...

Well, I feel happy that I made it. 70% is pretty close to the passing score which the test program says is 65% (not 66%) - lucky boy I am. XML was a pretty new topic for me - I studied for about 9 weeks - minus 3 weeks collection practical experience with XML, DTD, XML Schema and XSLT on this multi-language project (
Good luck for all of you still preparing for the test. Eesha Ali - best whishes especially to you... never give up...
Hema Menon
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Joined: Oct 29, 2000
Posts: 569
Congratulations Berny!

Rony Donald
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Joined: Nov 20, 2001
Posts: 55
Congrats buddy!!!
Whats next??
Ajith Kallambella

Joined: Mar 17, 2000
Posts: 5782
Congrats Berny! Good luck with your future endeavours.

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Sunil Guditi

Joined: Dec 14, 2001
Posts: 3
Congratulations and thanks for lot of resources.
Viktor Stepanchuk

Joined: Feb 03, 2002
Posts: 20
Hi, Berny!
Gute Arbeit abgemacht
Congratulations!!!, I really envy your success .
Thank you very much for your support for the Sample Test 141 Reference
Viktor (Not yet, ...)
Mapraputa Is
Leverager of our synergies

Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 10065
Congratulations, Berny!
"Gute Arbeit abgemacht" - Vitya, what is it? Obviously you are not German, are you?
[ February 14, 2002: Message edited by: Mapraputa Is ]

Uncontrolled vocabularies
"I try my best to make *all* my posts nice, even when I feel upset" -- Philippe Maquet
Viktor Stepanchuk

Joined: Feb 03, 2002
Posts: 20
Well, I think this should mean "Good job done" ...
The translation is done by Eglish-German Dictionary
I am from Ukraine. I live in Canada now.
[ February 16, 2002: Message edited by: Viktor Stepanchuk ]
Axel Janssen
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Joined: Jan 08, 2001
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retranslation is: good job agreed.
"gute Arbeit" would have been perfect.
Manjunath Subramanian
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Joined: Jul 18, 2001
Posts: 236
Congratulation Berny
All the best for your future endeavours!!
Sita Kotamraju
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Joined: Nov 30, 2001
Posts: 60
Congrats Berny.
Can anyone pls. tell me how much prep time we need for this exam? I have absolutely no experience in xml.
Susmita Pal
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Joined: Jul 12, 2001
Posts: 31
I am planning to prepare for XML cert. It will be great if anybody gives the ISBN no's of the most useful books for XML certification.
Niharika Srivastav
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Joined: Dec 12, 2001
Posts: 32
Congratulations Berny!!!
Eesha Ali

Joined: Feb 08, 2002
Posts: 5
Congratulations Berny!!!
Good luck for your better and brighter future

Joined: Oct 27, 2004
Posts: 1
Hi Folks!!!

I don't know whether this thread is still followed or not. But, I found pretty good stuff related to XML and IBM 141 exam. I'm a kindda novice to xml and just know JSP/Servlets. Wud anyone be kind enough to tell me how much time does it take to prepare for this exam. I have nothing more than a 6 months experience in Java.
A Big Thanks in advance.
yuan fang

Joined: May 23, 2005
Posts: 5
I really envy you,I am a Chinese boy ,and want to get the test,but it`s very difficult and cann`t find enough references to practise,however,I believe God goes with me!I can ,with 58%
upendra gughane

Joined: Jun 05, 2011
Posts: 3
Congratulations Berny
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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