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Passed 141 - 81%

Karthik Jayaraman

Joined: May 06, 2003
Posts: 25
Thanks everyone out here.
I passed the exam with 81 %
I prepared for about 2 weeks with the skonnard's book and w3c recommendations. The XSL-FO free chapter (XML Bible) was helpful.
Thanks again all of you here in the forum.

Karthik Jayaraman.<br />IBM Certified Developer - XML and Related Technologies.<br />Sun Certified Developer for java WebServices.<br />Sun Certified Java Programmer.
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Srinivas Rallapalli

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Karthik Jayaraman

Joined: May 06, 2003
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A small help for all test takers.
The test is not difficult but very tricky. ;-) My main problem was that i was not patient. I finished the test in 40-45 mts. Tried reviewing some 5-10 questions that I marked. Couldn't wait for the result, and pressed the "End" button. So, don't be hasty like me and try giving it with a bit of patience.
Here is something that might help you.
My Total Score: 81% on 24 May 2003.

Sectional Scores:
Section % of test% Score
1. Architecture 1860
2. Inforrocessing2793
3. XML Processing3394
4. XML Rendering1150
5. Testing and Tuning1183
Reference Books/Materials:
Book / MaterialSourceGrade(1 to 5)
1. Essential XML Quick Reference, Skonnard
Grade: 4
2. Professional XML, Second Edition
Grade: 3
3. XML Bible
Grade: <Not rated>
4. XSLT, Doug Tidwell, O�Reilly
Grade: 4
5. W3C Recommendations
Grade: 4
6. Schema Presentations, Roger L. Costello (XML Technologies Course)
Grade: 5
7. Web Services Presentation
Grade: 3
My comments on the above materials:
1. Essential XML Quick Reference, Skonnard:
This is pretty good book with almost all the concepts. This can be used as a startup before you jump into the XML sea. You need to read through each line carefully to note the certain characteristics of each of the XML specifications.
Must read chapters: 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10
2. Professional XML, Second Edition:
I have put it out here because this is recommended by IBM and used by most of the ones who aspire for the test. I do not think that it did me any good. You can read the book casually. The book basically covers a lot of programming aspects rather than more specific to the exam. I found SAX and DOM in the book the worst and SOAP, UDDI, B2B integration chapters useful.
Must read chapters: 2,3,5,6,24
3. XML Bible:
I did not get to read all the chapters in the book. I downloaded the free chapter on XSL-FO. It is pretty good. I think any XML aspirant should run over the chapter atleast once.
4. XSLT, Doug Tidwell, O�Reilly:
This is the best book one can get for XSLT. I really loved the book and couldn�t keep the book down until I finished the seven chapters in the book. I had completed the book in 2 days. It is pretty simple to understand and lists all the XSLT features.
Must read chapters: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7.
5. W3C Recommendations:
The W3C recommendations are the best book on XML one can get. I first thought that the recommendations would be precise, but, I was wrong. The recommendations are exhaustive and do explain each functionality in the specification in detail. This is a must read if you are giving the test.
Must read: XML 1.0 Second Version, DOM Level 2, Xpath, Xlink
6. Schema Presentations, Roger L. Costello (XML Technologies Course):
I got these presentation from my colleague. This is the best Schema tutorial you can have. It consists of three files. Two of them are a must read. These presentations extensively describe the XML Schema specification. You can mail me at if you need the material. {I have been getting a lot of requests for the schema files. Basically, these have been downloaded from xfront and can be found at the url - Go and download it, rather than wait for me to reply u guys.}
7. Web Services Presentation:
This gives a brief description of the Web services, SOAP, UDDI and WSDL. The presentation also describes a brief WSDL and tries to explain the construct of a WSDL document. You can answer any SOAP questions in the test just by walking through this presentation.
How can you prepare for the test:
1)Go to the IBM�s site and read the objectives of the test.
2)Select a target date and enroll for the test. You would better get serious once you pay for the test.
3)Enrol for the training program from IBM near you. This basically lets you know how much you need to read. I must admit, I never knew there were so many XML technologies and recommendations. The training sets your mind and helps you understand the depth of XML and paves way for further concentrated reading.
4)Take the sample test from the IBM�s site. This helps you understand your weak and strong areas. Do not try to remember any of the questions in the sample test. Do not read any answers given in the internet for the sample test.
5)Start with the Skonnard�s book. Now you would be ready for the W3C recommendations. You can read those that interest you. You can also read the books/materials listed in this document.
6)Once you are done take the sample test again. You can also try the demo test at whizlabs and witscale test centers. They really help to understand where you are in certifying.
7)Enjoy the day before the test, take a good sleep and crack the exam.
How much days does it take:
Even if you don�t know what XML is, you can complete the test in 3 weeks time. If you are in a hurry and do not expect a good score, or you have a good understanding of XML and the other related technologies, you can complete it in a week�s time. Do not give yourself more than 1 month, its useless.
At the test:
1.Start with a cool mind.
2.Do not look at the clock and take your time to answer the questions. I completed the test in 45 to 50 mts and did not know what to do with the rest of the time.
3.Mark all questions which you feel might be wrong or do not have the mind to answer at the moment. Try to answer all the easy questions and shorter ones at the beginning. Once you get the feel of the exam, review your marked questions and answer them. Go through the marked questions two to three times if necessary.
4.Do not panic at very long exhibit questions. Take your time to read it carefully. It is probable that the long exhibit might be used for more than one question in the test.
5.Do not leave any answer blank and take a try on all the 55 questions. There are no negative marking in the test.
6.Be sure before you click the end button. You cannot go back once you end the test.
7.And �Happy test taking!�.
[ December 21, 2003: Message edited by: Karthik Jayaraman ]
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congratulations!good job!

Saket Barve
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Congratulations Karthik, on your good score. Thanks for the important and useful tips you've listed for us.
Good luck with your future endeavours.
John Lee
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jim ji

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just keep an eye on it

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tony kanvas
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Congratulations thank you for nice tips
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Congrats! Nice info.

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