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I've passed IBM 141 today :)

Svetlana Petrova
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Joined: Sep 26, 2002
Posts: 50
Hi guys,
Yes, I did it! I've passed test with 76% score(What a coincidence, Scott!).
It contained 55 questions scheduled for 90 minutes, with 58% passing score.
And I had to sign under what Scott Duffy posted before. Test wasn't as difficult at all as I expected too!!! I'd say it was closer to IBM Sample Test. Especially, that some of the exhibits were exact copies of the Sample's one. And again one question was exact same question from the Sample, and another one looked almost as the Sample's one with slight difference in answers.
I've spent 1 hour sharply, answering questions; I marked 3 of them un-answered (long exhibit description along with long question and answers) in order to review them at the end. So the rest of the time I've spent answering those 3 questions and reviewing marked ones, and after finishing the test I still had 10 minutes left.
There was one question, related to SAX2, about a ParserAdapter, I really didn't know how to answer. I didn't dig deep into SAX. I remembered the main concepts, main interfaces and classes, except this one.
There was no direct questions on XLink. It was only mentioned in other questions' answers (mostly to confuse you, so that it always was like a hint).
There were _direct_ questions on
- XSL:FO, Xpointer, one for each,
- a couple of them on SOAP,
- a couple on DOM Interfaces,
- SAX2, about ParserAdapter (i've mentioned), about what it converts,
All other questions related to DTD, XSLT, Schemas, XPath were scenario-based.
In one of the answers I also had a mentioning of XQuery, which I didn't touch at all.
I cannot really tell you exactly how much time I've spent on studying. My projects were very demanding, and I was studying part-time, sometimes skipping weeks without even touching a book.
I started part-time studying at the end of August; before that I was just playing and getting familar with XML using W3 Schools Tutorials. I read XML in a Nutshell completly, Essential XML for WEB Professionals (not the best one, but good to start with), W3 TRs on XML, XSLT, XPath, Schema Primer, SOAP, DOM Core.
When I finally cracked IBM's Sample Test (thanks to you, Ranchers!), I turned to other all possible free tests, including
Thanks to all who prepared and posted tests at JavaRanch!
Just for the last 3 weeks before the test I set the goal to get finally prepared, and I was trying to find more time to do so. Right before the test, I spent 2 days (about 10 hours per day) going over all the topics I studied.

Best of luck to all of you, Ranchers! Go for it!
Vasudha Deepak
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Joined: Mar 15, 2002
Posts: 86
Congratulations Svetlana.

IBM Certified Developer -XML and Related Technologies(141)<br />SCJP2 SCWCD
Jayadev Pulaparty
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 662
Hurray ! I'm happy to hear the news. See! I already predicted this long back . I need to take the test soon. I'm currently very busy with some project changes and all that stuff in my org and the end effect being that i forgot all the stuff in read before I have a very poor memory. I need to regroup my concepts and take the test soon.
Sudhakar Ahuja

Joined: Jul 28, 2002
Posts: 9
Congrats Svetlana
satya uppaluri

Joined: Oct 16, 2002
Posts: 21
Congrats Svetlana,
As mentioned in earlier posts exam is not at all tough. You only have to read the scenarios with cool head and apply your knowledge. Getting the concepts is the most important thing.
good luck jayadev and other test takers
Scott Duffy
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Joined: May 23, 2002
Posts: 58
Way to go Svetlana!
It is certainly an odd coincidence that we got the same score and had similar experieces in the test (done in 1 hour, with 30 minutes for review).
We must have had the same study techniques. I could not find some solid time to study (due to work and other projects) until it was almost time to take my test. I spent one day reviewing all the mock tests and forum postings I could get my hands on.
Congratulations Svetlana, and best of luck to anyone studying to take this test.
Scott Duffy

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
Himal Chuli
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Joined: Aug 06, 2002
Posts: 118
Congratulation Svetlana!

Sudhakar Ahuja

Joined: Jul 28, 2002
Posts: 9
Hi Svetlana/Vasudha/Scott/Himal ,
Can you guys tell me how many questions are from DOM and SAX parsing and where did you read about these?I am unable to lay hands on DOM and SAX parsing study material from the certification perspective.
In the IBM Sample test , there are a lot of questions on this. So I wanted to confirm whether in the actual test also , there are enough number of questions on this.
Congratulations to Svetlana once again.!!!
Thanks everyone
Valentin Crettaz
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Joined: Aug 26, 2001
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Nice shot Svetlana

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Svetlana Petrova
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Joined: Sep 26, 2002
Posts: 50
Thank you, thank you guys! Thanks for your help too! All the discussions at JavaRanch helped me a lot!
About DOM and SAX...
As I can recall now, and I mentioned in my post too, there were direct questions testing your knowledge of DOM and SAX.
About DOM there was something like this, which interface allows createElement, and something else (list of other methods). CreateElement was a key for me to answer the questions. There was a list of 5 or 6 interfaces to choose from. Of course, it's a Document.
There were a couple of other questions like that regarding DOM. I cannot recall them now.
Another direct question was about SAX ParserAdapter I didn't know how to answer. I never looked at this class. The question was about what this class converts. Now I know, that I could choose "a SAX1 Parser to a SAX2 XMLReader" answer.
I cannot recall another question regarding SAX, but I remember that answers list contained DocumentHandler in 2 of them, and since I knew it's a depricated interface, I was choosing from other 2 answers where one was obvious. It was about ContentHandler.
All other questions about DOM and SAX were mostly about choosing one model over another.
What I read on these topics is XML in Nutshell mostly, and 2 days prior to exam I looked through
- W3 Technical Recommendation on DOM:
- on SAX:
, but as turned out not that thoroughly.
Good luck,
John Wetherbie

Joined: Apr 05, 2000
Posts: 1449

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