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Changen Li
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Joined: Feb 27, 2001
Posts: 12
Hi, guys
I took the exam on Saturday and passed by 88%. I cannot remember the breakdowns of the score because I lost the report. Here is my a little experience to share.
To prepare the exam, what I have done is
1. Read "UML distilled" twice
2. Gone through the other book once. (I forgot the exact title and author of the book since I had returned it to the library. should be something like "apply UML and pattern". You guys know it)
3. Preassignment test is very useful. Don't take the exam before you get at least 80% in preassignment test. (I got 93%)
4. This newsgroup is very helpful since it provides almost all answers to the sample test.
As to the exam itself. basically, what kosaic (http://www.javaranch.com/ubb/Forum9/HTML/000561.html) discovered about this exam is very true. I just add something to some of his observations from the positive point of view.
1." Some of the diagrams were not even legible". Better believe it. Anyway, I found those illegible parts can be safely ignored. So I think it is the way that IBM is trying to help us pass the exam quickly.
2. "Not all of the multiple answer questions tell you how many to choose. Several said choose all that apply" Please read this as "all are correct". We found such questions in sample test that it told you all answers were correct. But I think it is rational for IBM to act implicitly in the real exam.
3. "2 or 3 of the questions didnt even make logical." Forgive them. this is to keep people from 100%. Anybody know a 100% guy?
4: "pretty much the same class diagram was used everywhere and generally the questions only pertained to a few of the classes on it." TRUE.
5: "Exibits , I would safely say 60-70% of the questions required you to use exibits. Some questions even had upto 3 seperate exibits." TRUE.
6: "time wasnt a factor." TRUE.

One additional point. I was frustrated by the lady at test center. Obviously she was upset because I disrupted her endless sweet phone conversation. After hang up the phone, she just kicked up the door of a room and pointed me to a wretched computer and left without looking at me. The 14" monitor and the stolidly mouse that she gave me made the exam less pleasant. So, be sweet to ladies, always.
I am going to a long holiday from tomorrow, and will continue to oracle Jdevelpor test after I come back. Anybody know a forum for oracle test that is as good as this one? (Forgive me for this off-topic)
Good Luck
changen
Salvador Villavieja
Greenhorn

Joined: Aug 03, 2001
Posts: 16
Congratulations, Changen. Thanks for the tips. Are there any topics on the actual exam that are not covered by the sample questions?
I've taken the sample exams at least 10 times, and my score for the last 4 times are on the average 95 to 96%. The bad thing about this is I've memorized most of the answers. Now I'm trying to analyse the Q & A so I can still answer the questions even if they are rephrased.
Changen Li
Greenhorn

Joined: Feb 27, 2001
Posts: 12
I don't think the sample test covers everything. You need to check the test objectives at the IBM website and try to find the answers from the book. The sample test illustrates the mapping from the test objectives to the real test.

Hope it would help

changen
 
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