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Passed the 486 Test and thanks

Michael McElwee
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Joined: Nov 06, 2001
Posts: 30
Well, I took the IBM UML test this Saturday, and I passed with an 86%.
Thanks to those that posted questions/answers on this forum. For those who are
looking to take the exam, I cannot tell you what is on the exam, but I can hopefully
help you with the following:

1. I had read the UML distilled book twice and the Larman Book once.
I have been programming in Java for a couple of years, but have not done a lot
with Design Patterns. I guess my point here is that you don't need tons of experience
to get through this. Read UML distilled for an understanding of UML diagramming and Larman's
book to get a feel for design pattern decisions.

2. I highly recommend taking/understanding IBM's ICE exams
before taking the real test. The actual test did not contain any of these questions
(for me, at least), but there was a signficant amount of overlap, and I would say that if you
can answer (and understand) the ICE exam questions, you should be OK on the real test.

3. Don't sweat the diagrams. Many people on this forum have complained about having to
analyze and scroll through a bunch of diagrams and not having enough time for the test.
Time management and some common sense will help here. Go through the test the first time
quickly, answering the ones without exhibits and briefly looking at the exhibits. Some of
the exhibits are duplicates (repeated in several questions). In some cases, I didn't really
need to look at the exhibits to answer the questions. By eliminating "dumb" answers, I often
got down to the final choice without needing to refer to a diagram. Your test may be different,
but looking at the possible answers to a question before looking at the exhibit(s) is probably
not a bad idea.

I hope that helps. If you have questions (other than what the exact test questions were),
please let me know. Thanks.


SCJP2<br />IBM Certified Solution Developer<br />MCSD
Todd Newbold
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Joined: Sep 20, 2001
Posts: 85
i have also been reading instant uml, and uml in 24 hours, and java design patterns by cooper , will take my test in january
Fei Ng
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Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 1242
thanks for the good advice!!
Moon Winter

Joined: Sep 02, 2001
Posts: 20

Can you post where I can buy the voucher? I can not find it in IBM web site!
Axel Janssen
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Joined: Jan 08, 2001
Posts: 2164
CONGRATULATIONS and thanks for the tips
james edwin
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Joined: Nov 22, 2001
Posts: 393
Congrats .....on your success..

Michael McElwee
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Joined: Nov 06, 2001
Posts: 30
You do not buy the voucher from IBM. To sign up for/pay the actual UML test, go to There, you basically pick the test you want and then have the choice of entering a voucher number or just hitting "next" to proceed to pay for it. Vouchers are typically used to offer free or discounted test rates. For example, IBM offers free vouchers for taking some of their tests occasionally (presently for VAJ4 and WebSphere4).
Desai Sandeep
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Joined: Apr 02, 2001
Posts: 1157
Congratulations Michael, Great Score!

-- Sandeep
Bob Carswell

Joined: Nov 28, 2001
Posts: 14
I don't know about everyone else, but I've stopped using the registration for Prometric testing. I register the "same-day" at the test center. I only became aware of this after it was recommended by the test center staff.
Basically, I walk into the test center, whatever time they're open and request a test. They logon to Prometric register me, take my VISA card # and download the test. It takes all of about two minutes. I'm taking the test within 5 minutes of entering the test center. I log on to after I'm done just to make sure I'm in the system and it has never failed. Note, I have received several certifications in this manner.
NOTE: This assumes the test center has room for you. The one local test center I use, WashTech in Tysons Corner, VA never has more than one or two testers and there must be 10 test stations. So BEWARE. Of course, I think there are 10 test centers in Tysons Corner alone if I ever had a problem.
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