Studied for 2 weeks full time, using enthuwares mock exam, MZs guides and quizzes, and have read Web Services Up and Running front to cover, as well as the WebServices and XML chapter of "Beginning Java EE7" book.
(Yes I did pass all the "Objective tests first a couple of times" then the standard enthuware mock exams (after Standard Test 1 first-fail second-pass, all the rest of Standard Tests 4-5 I passed on first try with more than 78% on each.)
The real exam feels like it had half the questions related to security and WS-*. But the real difficulty is in understanding/parsing the language used on the exam.
You mean 30 questions on WS-* and security ?
From other ranchers, they said something like approximately 12 questions on design and best practice, 8 questions on security, 8 questions on configurations, 4 on WS-Addressing, 4 on MTOM, 4 on SOAP, 4 on REST and etc.
I guess 2 weeks is not enough to prepare for this exam. Some people spent 3-4 months to study on the exam by reviewing the study guides and book twice.
I have already spent 13 months on this preparation and I will take it in May.
Himai Minh: Thats how it feels yes. Looking at the score results, it is through though only 12 are on design and best practice, 7 on security and so on. I had 2 on addressing.
For me many of the "apply best practices to design and implement web services" which the score results shows as 12 - many of those were related to security, but not WS-Security or WS-Policy or such.
Paul: Enthuware, yes I did the Objective tests several times each and Quick Diagnostic test before trying Standard tests. Perhaps that made me remember the questions and pass the Standard tests on first try. In that case, this should be of course clearly stated both on the website and exam simulator, because I believed the Objective tests were for doing them and following a book - and MZ notes, which I did. I believed Objective test questions were different from Standard test but they are not, and that gave me a false confidence - passing all standard tests on first try with more than 78%... and then 54% on real exam.
Just for fun, I downloaded and tried out EPractice Labs and they have a Pre Measurement test with 16 questions, this one I passed with 68%.
So for ranches: the mock exams, and MZs quiz. be very very careful with them. They can be counter-productive.
I dont know what Ill do now.
Joined: Jul 29, 2012
I suggested to give yourself 2-3 months to go through the study materials again and try to take the exam again.
Most ranchers shared their experience with us. They all spent months to study MZ's notes and etc.
Most ranchers said MZ's notes, Ivan's notes, Ethuware mock exams , Java WS Up and Running are helpful.
You mean best practice / design in security?
The exam is supposed to cover different aspects of web service, not just security; otherwise, it will become a network security expert exam.
Sorry to hear about your result. Few fellow members have already replied about taking out more time for preparation.
I would recommend to go through your result sheet (it should be visible in your CertView profile). Oracle provides topic-wise scores for the certification exam (i.e. how many questions for a specific topic, and how many you answered correctly). This will be immensely useful for your further preparation.