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Vasim Patel
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Joined: Apr 29, 2004
Posts: 87
Hi All,

Just passed the XML exam with a poor 68%

THough not good score, considering my confidence levels last night, I think it is not too bad.

Thanks everybody. Hari, Andy Smith , Bolton , Nick Kouiroukidis in particular.
Here is the split

Overall score: 68%
Passing score: 58%
Section % of testMy score
-------- -------- --------
Architecture 18%80%
Info Modelling 27%80%
XML processing 33%83%
XML rendering 11%16%
Testing and Tuning: 11% 33%

Preparation:
-about 2 months (2 hrs a day). I feel spending more time will not help get you more. Preparation for this exam will only get you to a point. Beyond that it is your aptitude, application and experience in XML and software development. I think I would have score almost the same if I had given the exam about a month ago or may be a month later.This is my personal opinion.

-Whizlabs (I feel it is a worth it for those who dont have any idea how the exam looks like. The format, pattern and type of questions in Whizlabs closely match the real ones. The real exam is tougher though with a few easy questions in between. I guess the easier ones are intended for ppl to get through)
-XML Schema - tutorial from Xfront.com( the best)
-XSL - tutorial from xfront.com( good)
- XSLT - Doug Tidwell O Reilly
I still have not understood XSL completly
-XPath - practise


- IBM certification tutorial by Hari.
- Mock exams in Javaranch
- regular touch with javaranch

My XML knowledge before preparation was limited to using DOM and SAX. And editing some config files.

Advantage of XML exam(IMHO)

Before the exam I did not know what I did not know.
After the exam I feel that there is lots I know that I dont know
Plus my CV now weighs 2 grams more than what it used to.

Thanks evrybody in this group. You are wonderful people.

Any idea, how soon I will get Certificate from IBM(hardcopy) or do I need to something to get it.

Vasim
Hari Vignesh Padmanaban
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Joined: Oct 07, 2003
Posts: 578
Congrats Vasim

A pass is a pass

Whats next ?

You will have to request for a Hard Copy ..
As some mentioned arlier, IBM now has a web site where you can see your scores, download teh logos and also request for a Hard copy of teh certifcate

The link is http://www-304.ibm.com/jct09001d/member.nsf

HTH
[ August 01, 2005: Message edited by: Hari Vignesh Padmanaban ]
DW Bolton
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Joined: Jun 29, 2005
Posts: 28
Yes, congratulations.

I feel the most important lessons to learn with certification is that once you have passed, the score no longer matters -- but the focus on keeping your knowledge at a high level and continuing to improve what you are not strong at are most important.

Too many people attain a certification (in particular the Sun Certified Java Programmer certification), and then let their knowledge fall gradually, and in a couple of years they probably couldn't pass the exam again without almost as much study as the first time!

It sounds like you realise that there is always more to learn though, so I don't think you'll fall into this trap.
[ August 01, 2005: Message edited by: DW Bolton ]
Vasim Patel
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Joined: Apr 29, 2004
Posts: 87
Thanks very much Hari and Bolton. I shall keep your advice.

Next I intend to go for SCJWDS( web services exam). I want to get into the space of EAI. And I believe XML, and webservices are building blocks for EAI. I am currently working on the development of Weblogic Integration tool at BEA Systems. And hope to get into the domain of EAI which I feel will be a good space/domain to get into.

Do you have any comments on this? Am I going in the right direction? Can you point me to some good resources on web for EAI.
Gjorgi Var
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Joined: Feb 24, 2004
Posts: 85
Congradulations Vasim!
Did you take the assesment test from IBM's site before you started preparing for the actual exam? If you did, what was your score?
Cheers,
Vasim Patel
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Joined: Apr 29, 2004
Posts: 87
thanks. No I did not take any paid assesment test. I followed the link given in javaranch, which has an assessment test.

regards
Vasim
 
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