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Passed BEA Weblogic exam with 88 %

 
Gourbich
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Hi , All !
I have passed the exam recently and I want to tell you about nuances of the Weblogic 6.0 exam now.
I am sure that these advices are true for Weblogic 7.0 exam too. As a result of "BEA exam license restrictions�, I cannot give you full detailed advices, but, I think, we can just talk about the exam.
At first, I must say how I prepared for the exam. I have much work and I cannot spend necessary time when I prepared for exam. But, since I will looking for job for the nearest weeks, I considered necessary to take the BEA Certification . I think, it will help me.
I expend two weeks to prepare for the exam. First week I prepared 5 - 6 hours in a day . Last week my current job does not allowed to me prepared as I want. I was spending 2 - 3 hours a day.
I worked with Weblogic > 2 years , and it helped me very much in exam and � SOME NUANCES, which I taken into account always when I passed others exams earlier.
So, first advice :
The common (on Microsoft exams , on IBM exams and others) rule exists :
Your summary percent is an average of percents which receive on different topics of an exam.
For example, let me imagine, some exam has two topics only :
1) Design and build web components for JSPs and servlets
2) Configure server for clustering, load - balancing , and fail - over capabilities
It is obvious, most of exam questions will be included from the first topic , �Design and build web components for JSPs and servlets�. For example, all exam consists of 20 questions , therefore we will have 15 questions from first topic and 5 questions from second topic.
We received on an exam 80 % ( 12 from 15 correctly) on first topic and 60 % ( 3 from 5 correctly ) on second topic. Our total percent is 70 % . We did not pass the exam. Quantity of an incorrect answers is 5 ( 3 from first topic and 2 from 5 from second topic). �� , we prepare and try to pass the exam again. We received on an exam 60 % ( 9 from 15 correctly) on first topic and 100 % (all correctly ) on second topic. Our total percent is 80 % . We passed the exam. Quantity of an incorrect answers is 6 ( 6 from first topic and 0 from 5 from second topic). At second attempt , we incorrectly answers on more questions , than at first attempt , but we passed the exam ! What is the reason for that ?
ANSWER :
The comparative WEIGHT of question of second (small) topic is MORE than weight of question of first (big) topic
CONSEQUENCE :
Despite the fact that questions on JSP , Servlets and JSP constitutes a main topics of BEA Weblogic exam , you MUST CAREFULLY learn topics about CORBA , clustering , transactions and others small topics
So , if you do not have much time to prepare for exam , this advice for you.

Second advice :
DO NOT afraid of the exam ! It has many simplest questions. In my opinion , the complexity of the BEA exam is comparative smaller , for example , than the " IBM object - oriented analysis and design" exam or "Database design with MS SQL Server" exam. DO NOT afraid of the exam !
Third advice :
Read ALL Weblogic documentation CAREFULLY , cos many questions are grew from documentation
Forth advice :
I recommend you Gamma Weblogic exam , not mock exam , namely , commercial Gamma Weblogic exam. In my opinion, it more hard than real exam.
I applied it in two last days. Before I read a Weblogic documentation.
�� , its my two cents ,
I hope this helps ,
Bogdan Gourbich
BEA Certified Developer on BEA Weblogic Application Server 6.0
IBM Object - Oriented Analysis and Design with UML
SUN Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform (SCJP2)
Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)
 
Seenu Reddy
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hi Bogdan Gourbich,
congrats man...its great job.
keep it up..
regards,
seenu
 
Gourbich
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thanks a lot, Seenu
Bogdan Gourbich
BEA Certified Developer on BEA Weblogic Application Server 6.0
IBM Object - Oriented Analysis and Design with UML
SUN Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform (SCJP2)
Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)
 
kathir siva
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hi
congrats & is really great.
i too am prep for the weblogic 6 exam
but am really worried.
i use the edocs from wl site.
if u can guide me with the break-up of Q's from diff topics, it'll be useful & other sources(mocks etc).
pl mail to javakathir@yahoo.com.
 
Rahul Mahindrakar
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Bogdan ,
One thing that comes to my mind is that Weblogic 7.0 is already here and the exam too is available then how come you have gone in for the 6.0 exam.
 
faiza athar
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congrats and great advice there !!!
how important is experience in this exam?
did u go thru all the pdf docs?
any books you consulted?
thanx for any help in advance!
faiza
 
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I guess there are more topics to study in weblogic 7.0 certification than in 6.
For e.g. Web Services, JCA ...

Originally posted by Rahul Mahindrakar:
Bogdan ,
One thing that comes to my mind is that Weblogic 7.0 is already here and the exam too is available then how come you have gone in for the 6.0 exam.
 
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hi , Rahul ,
I agree with you .
Why did anybody pass "wls 6.0 exam" when "wls 7.0 exam" exists ?
Answer is simple.
I looking for job now. I want to possess �ertificates , since certificates helps me. I want that my certificates reflects my real experience. I worked with Weblogic 5.1 and 6.1 , but I did not work with Weblogic 7.0. I do not need a false certificate. So , I decide to pass the WLS 6.0 Exam.
that's all

Originally posted by Rahul Mahindrakar:
Bogdan ,
One thing that comes to my mind is that Weblogic 7.0 is already here and the exam too is available then how come you have gone in for the 6.0 exam.
 
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hi , Faiza !
congrats and great advice there !!!

Thanks , Faiza , I hope my advices helps
how important is experience in this exam?

Experience is always important.
As I think , certificates must reflects your real experience.
did u go thru all the pdf docs?

I thoroughly went thru all the html docs.
If I did not do it , I can't pass the exam ,
cos I am not a "weblogic guru"
any books you consulted?

For exam ? no .
In weblogic documentation you can find all necessary information. But , it is desirable to check your knowledge before real exam. I used "gamma exam" . I did not pass the First Test in it "Gamma exam" indicate to me my weak places in my knowledge.
Hope this helps ,
Bogdan
 
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Bogdan,
You are very practical! Keep it up.
As I think , certificates must reflects your real experience.

True..True..
the certification has real value only when combined with experience..
Thanks for the posting.
 
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Hi Bogdan,
congrats and thanks for the advice
 
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Hi Bogdan,
Congrats & good luck.
Raj
 
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Congratulations Bogdan!
I'm glad you found the Gamma resources helpful. Currently, we are authoring a book on WLS 7, and I'll be updating the site to include WLS 7 Exam preparation soon.
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Joe McGuire
Sun Certified Java™ 2 Programmer, BEA WLS Certified Developer
 
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Hi , Joe !
Thanks a lot for yours product. It really useful.
Do you consider to complicate it more?
 
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Thats great Joe!
Originally posted by Joe McGuire:
Congratulations Bogdan!
I'm glad you found the Gamma resources helpful. Currently, we are authoring a book on WLS 7, and I'll be updating the site to include WLS 7 Exam preparation soon.
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Joe McGuire
Sun Certified Java™ 2 Programmer, BEA WLS Certified Developer

 
Rahul Mahindrakar
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Oh by the way I forgot to Congratulate you

Congratulations
88% is a great score.
 
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