This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
<html> <body> 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.
You do not buy the voucher from IBM. To sign up for/pay the actual UML test, go to www.2test.com. 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).
I don't know about everyone else, but I've stopped using the www.2test.com 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 www.2test.com 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. BC