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Passed the exam with 68%

 
Hariharan Raman
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Hi All,
I just passed the exam yesterday. Many thanks to all of you for I wouldn't have known the exact path to be followed for this exam, if this was't there.. And reg. the exam - it certainly wasn't easy as sample test (same as most of us felt). This test expects us to have sound knowledge on the subject (which would be possible only if we have hands-on) if you want to score 85 - 90% or more.(atleast I feel so). If you just study the materials with little bit of hands-on using XMLSpy (or any other s/w), you should be able to pass it.
I got few questions from IBM's sample test which is available on their website (ICE). So future aspirants - please practice two or three times this test for sure. Had many questions on XPATH, XSLT, XML schema, DTD. There were good number of questions on DOM/SAX too. 8-10 Scenario type questions (it wasn't very difficult). But without good amount of practice, few questions would really confuse us.
Preparation:
It took me around 45 days (over two months period) of preparation for this exam, I should say.
Materials -
1. As most of us did, I also followed Skonnard (ebook) as the main book for this exam. Its good but if you are a beginner, then I suggest you read the stuff from W3schools(its very easy to understand) and then go for Skonnard. (you can find this here).
2. Regularly visited this forum to find more information. This forum is indeed great source of information.
3. There are plenty of resources on the web. I couldn't read all of them but utilized few.
You could find them in this forum on many posts. or find all in one posts here -> http://www.coderanch.com/t/146991/po/certification/Cleared-Exam Vijay has done a great job of patiently mentioning the resources. Thanks Vijay..!
Practice tests
IBM Sample test, Skillometer, Witscale, PerfectXML's XML/XSLT quiz, Boson's practice test (download - you can find 20-24 questions in the free Demo version) and last but not the least the practice tests on our Javaranch's Mock tests page.
Thanks again and wish Good Luck for others who are preparaing for the exam..!
Regards,
Hari.
 
Valentin Crettaz
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NIce shot Hariharan
 
Marcelo Sousa Ancelmo
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Congrats
 
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Congrats!
 
Rajan Thiyagarajan
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Congratulations !
 
Tong Chen
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Congratulations! Well done!
 
Pradeep Chopra
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Dear Hari,
Congratulations for your success!!! Your feedback is definitely valuable to aspiring candidates.
I would once again like to clarify that the XML mock test offered by Boson Software actually belongs to Whizlabs Software. Boson only has right to resell it. Soon, we'll discontinue this agreement as it has led to confusion and problems to few.
Also the content available through boson is outdated compared to the latest version offered by Whizlabs.
I hope it helps.
Regards and best wishes
Pradeep
 
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Congrats and Thanks Hari
 
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Congratulations!
 
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Congrats Hari
 
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Congratulations and good luck for your future endeavours!
 
Hariharan Raman
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Thanks everyone..!
Pradeep, I did not know that Boson's test is nothing but Whizlab's.It seemed to be good, but BOSON had only a download version and no CD-ROM was offered. So, I dropped the idea of getting one. Anyway, thanks for the info.
Hari.
 
anandkrisnan variar
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thanks man !!!
Congratulations and good luck ........
regards
anand.
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