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Passed the exam today!!

srinivasan ganesan
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Joined: Mar 09, 2001
Posts: 54
Man was the exam tough!!! Even though I didn't pass with high percentage, I got enuf questions correct to scrape through. I did pretty bad on Information modeling & XML processing. Like many of the others who took the exam, I also thought that there were some questions with ambiguous answers.
As far as my preparation goes, I read almost all the specs from the w3c site and I thought most of them were down to earth in explaining the concepts clearly. I should admit that I don't have any prior working knowledge on all of these and I could understand them.. In addition to these, I read the Prof XML 2nd edition and XML in a nutshell by O'Reilly.
Well, if anyone has any questions, let me know and I'll try to answer them as best I can.
Srini
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Danl Thompson
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Joined: Apr 04, 2001
Posts: 93
So what was your score, and what was the toughest part?
Vibha Verma
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Joined: Jan 15, 2002
Posts: 107
Congratulations on clearing the exam.
I do have a few questions, I am planning to appear for the exam this week. I have gone thro' the Prof XML 2nd Edition very thoroughly. And read the Zvon's tutorials.
Do you think this base is sufficient for getting thro' the exam?
How extensive are the questions on SOAP, WSDL and UDDI. I just know the basics of these. (eg. SOAP -concept, parts of SOAP message and their details)
Thanks for your help.
Vibha.
srinivasan ganesan
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Joined: Mar 09, 2001
Posts: 54
I got 67% in the exam. I didn't have much time to review the questions that I marked for review. As you may be aware, some questions are lengthy, so you need to understand the business scenario well to make your decision on the choices. As I said, i didn't do well in that section.
I had one question on XML signature, 3 on SOAP & UDDI. I suggest you understand the basic concepts of how these work. The questions on these were strateforward, atleast I think they were.
I had a lot of questions on schema. Obviously you have to know how both the validation mechanisms work and their pros & cons (DTD vs schema). I had a few questions on Namespaces.
I couldn't believe that there was a question on the DOM API. I didn't make an effort to memorise it but from the given choices I could guess the answers. I don't want this to be lengthy and boring but I'd definitely answer any more questions any of you may have.
Srini
Rakesh Gudur
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Joined: Apr 29, 2002
Posts: 79
Hai Srinivas,
I'm taking sample tests using XML@Whiz test tool. I'm scoring only 30 to 32 in the exams I've taken where I need to score 38.
I feel the sample tests are tough and the questions given are too complicated with complex XPath expressions. Do you think the real exam will be so tough? I found that the sample test concentrates more on the syntaxes rather than on concepts. Pls let me know if the IBM exam will also be on similar lines.
Thanks,
Rakesh.
 
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