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Passed 141 with 76%

Scott Duffy
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Joined: May 23, 2002
Posts: 58
I just took the IBM-141 XML exam this morning and passed. Here are a few observations for the benefit of others...
First, in some ways the test was easier than I expected. Not that the questions themselves were easy, but that even if the answer didn't pop into my head right away, I could look at the choices carefully and eliminate one or two wrong answers right off the bat. Just like having a 50-50 lifeline from Millionaire on every question. That helps a lot.
On to the specifics. I got 76%, and as you know the passing score is 58%. Time was not a factor. I answered all the questions in 50 minutes, and had 40 minutes to review the answers I marked. I left the testing center with a half-hour to spare.
For those still studying for this exam, I used the following study techniques:
- I briefly read some of the specs (XML, Schema Primer, Namespace) on the W3C Web Site
- I went through almost all of the XML tutorials at W3 Schools
- Did the mock tests on JavaRanch (links at the top of this page)
- Read the JavaRanch forum postings, particularly when someone reported they passed. Many thanks to those "I passed" forum posters!
- Took the BrainBench XML test, and passed with a Master level 4.58/5.00. (Luckily, I get to take them for free as a BrainBench MVP.)
- Started reading "Professional XML", but stopped just before the Chapter on Schemas (Chp 5 I believe). Sorry, but that was a boring way to study.
- Took the official IBM sample test twice. Then studied the sample test answers someone posted on another site. There was one question pulled directly from there.
I probably spent a grand total of 15-20 hours studying, over a one month period.
As for the test itself, the content follows pretty closely to other forum postings:
- One question on XSL:FO
- Two questions on DOM vs. SAX
- Two questions on DOM Interfaces (Node, NodeList, Document, DocumentFragment, etc.)
- One question on SAX event handlers
- One question on Schema ComplexType/SimpleType
- A few questions on Schema
- A few XSLT questions
- A couple on DTDs
- A couple of XPath/XPointer
- One XQuery
- NO XLink questions
- A lot of scenario ones, "which of the following is MOST likely to be part of the solution".
- One or two vague questions... I felt there was more than one correct answer, but the question only asked for one...
Basically, all I can suggest is spend most of your study efforts on:
- What makes XML well-formed? What makes it valid?
- A "deep overview" of all the XML technologies (XML, XSLT, XSL:FO, CSS as it relates to XML, XPath, Schema, DTD, Namespaces, SAX1, SAX2, DOM). I mean, you don't have to know the exact syntax of each function, element, attribute... but you should have a good grasp on the names of the functions/elements/attributes in those technologies and what they do.
- When do you use a particular technology over a similar one (SAX vs. DOM, CSS vs. XSLT vs. XSL:FO, etc.)
Best of luck to all!

Scott Duffy<br />:: MCSD, SCJP, IBMXML<br />:: Author of <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">IBM XML Certification Guide</a><br />:: Author of <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">How to Do Everything in JavaScript</a>, Osborne Press
Tong Chen
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Joined: Apr 26, 2002
Posts: 1011
Congratulations to you, Scott Duffy! Also thank you very much for your valuable suggestions!

Jayadev Pulaparty
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 662
Congrats Scott and thanks for the useful info.
Himal Chuli
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Joined: Aug 06, 2002
Posts: 118
Congratualtion Scott!
I am glad that My posting helped you a bit.

Rakesh Gudur
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Joined: Apr 29, 2002
Posts: 79
Congrats Scott! That's a good score.
Good luck,
IBM Certified XML Dev.

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Svetlana Petrova
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Joined: Sep 26, 2002
Posts: 50
Congratulations, Scott!
You posted the last encouraging message just hours before I went for my test!
Good luck,
Vasudha Deepak
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Joined: Mar 15, 2002
Posts: 86

IBM Certified Developer -XML and Related Technologies(141)<br />SCJP2 SCWCD
Daniel Washington
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Joined: Oct 26, 2002
Posts: 53
Thanks a lot.I will take the exam soon,and still feel nervous.I hope will meet some exercises done before.hehe

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Valentin Crettaz
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Nice shot Scott

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John Wetherbie

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Congrats and thanks for providing good information on preparing for the test.
[ October 29, 2002: Message edited by: John Wetherbie ]

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Scott Duffy
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Joined: May 23, 2002
Posts: 58
Thank you to all for your well wishes.
I agree. Here's the link:
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