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Thank you all. You made me make it with 88%

Anonymous
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   I made it.. With 88%.. I was surprised. Not of the score., but the way it turned out. I was so confident when i went in., that i wasn't ready to settle for anything less than 95%. But as it turned out half way through., i had completed around 22 questions, and had just over 50 minutes to complete the rest. And i had to skip questions with exhibits in the first pass. And by that time, i was left with around 35 minutes and 22-25 questions appr.(It happened that most were with two or three exhibits..) It had already turned in to a question of survival and anything above 75%, no doubt would simply be a treat... Larman's processes/patterns and Fowler's distillation(!), didn't let me down.[After all, they top IBM's reco.] When i answered the last marked question, time out screen splashed. Couple of seconds and there we go... 88%. Not all that good, but still satisfying.
   As many of us around this board for a while, i wasn't surprised by
  • No. of questions with exhibits (Around 70%)
  • Size of the exhibits (Most of them required scrolling)
  • Spelling mistakes and unclear diagrams
  • Project Experience it called for (Believe me , if u have real time proj. exp in OOAD, you will cruise through. It did helped me.)

  •    If someone manages to list the best possible steps to get through this test, iam sure it wouldn't be much different from this.
  • Be comfortable with Martin Fowler's "UML Distilled" and Craig Larman's "Applying UML and Patterns" [It wouldn't hurt to repeat such things. Infact i went through them thrice. However, I would recommend going through them twice.]
  • Try to take the preassessment tests couple of times before you go through these books. Take them again when you are done with the books once. Your scores might probably differ by around 25%.. It's time to go thru the books again.. And again the tests. Provided you are comfortable with patterns and processes you would be scoring around 80% by this time. Now its time to look in to all the answers posted in this forum.. It could be followed by tests with 100% score[After all, by this time you know all the answers, hopefully with reasons.. The steps here could be debatable though.]
  • Take a sheet of paper and map each preassessment question to the point they try to express. If conflict with general opinion arises trust IBM.[I never said its just bcos they conduct the exam!! You should not wonder why lines between lifelines with open arrowhead mean "return", while UML1.4 says it is supposed to mean "Asynchronous msg" (Preassessment test had one such question) ]
  • Read the test objectives
  • Don't be surprised if this process takes around 2 to 3 months.. It's what you learn that matters, and just the certification doesn't necessarily guarantee anything.

  • Thanks to sandeep, paul and other contributors of this forum.. Your input helped me a lot.

    It's time for a small celebration. Thankyou all again.
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    Regards,
    Rathina

    • Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform,
    • IBM Certified Developer - XML and Related Technologies, V1
Fei Ng
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Congratulations!!
shailesh sonavadekar
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Joined: Oct 12, 2000
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congratulations. Nice to hear the news. All the very best for the future.
Fei Ng
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Did u use the Second eidtion of Applying UML and Patterns?
or the first one?
Desai Sandeep
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Joined: Apr 02, 2001
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Congratulations, Rathina
I hope you continue to visit this forum help others who are interested in taking this test as well as learn and discuss about OOAD
-- Sandeep
[This message has been edited by Desai Sandeep (edited November 07, 2001).]


<b>Sandeep</b> <br /> <br /><b>Sun Certified Programmer for Java 2 Platform</b><br /> <br /><b>Oracle Certified Solution Developer - JDeveloper</b><br /><b>-- Oracle JDeveloper Rel. 3.0 - Develop Database Applications with Java </b><br /><b>-- Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with UML</b><br /> <br /><b>Oracle Certified Enterprise Developer - Oracle Internet Platform</b><br /><b>-- Enterprise Connectivity with J2EE </b><br /><b>-- Enterprise Development on the Oracle Internet Platform </b>
Anonymous
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Joined: Nov 22, 2008
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Thank you all for your wishes.
I used the first edition of Applying UML

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Regards,
Rathina

  • Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform,
  • IBM Certified Developer - XML and Related Technologies, V1
 
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