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just finished test 486

Todd Newbold
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Joined: Sep 20, 2001
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Unfortunately, I did not pass.
I scored a 63%.
There were more exhibits, questions on Development process, and questions on the Unified Process than I had anticipated.
I only studied for 1 month, but I learned more about 0-O design in the last month than the last 12 months.
Good Luck everyone
Vikrama Sanjeeva
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Joined: Sep 02, 2001
Posts: 756
Todd U Can achieve more better!.Just see & understand my signature.Though i am not preparing or taking UML test but i can feel your feelings,
Can you sumarize the reason of failing?
Count the flowers of ur garden,NOT the leafs which falls away!

Count the flowers of your garden, NOT the leafs which falls away!
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james edwin
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Joined: Nov 22, 2001
Posts: 393
Can pls let us know which all materials you used for reference for this exam.
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Todd Newbold
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Joined: Sep 20, 2001
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My main study materials were UML Distilled by Fowler, Applying OOAD/UML by Larman, and UML in 24 hours.
I feel the book that needs to be known extensively is Applying OOAD/UML by Larman.
ersin eser
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Joined: Feb 22, 2001
Posts: 1072
thanks for the feedback
don't give up, you are almost there at least closer than i am
Axel Janssen
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Joined: Jan 08, 2001
Posts: 2164
good luck next time
james edwin
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Joined: Nov 22, 2001
Posts: 393
Thanks for the info.
All the best for next time.Don't lose heart....
Desai Sandeep
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Joined: Apr 02, 2001
Posts: 1157
Hi Todd,
We have had all kinds of experiences with Test 486!
Some find it simple, while others find it more difficult (or should I say more tricker!) than one usually expects it to be.May be this is because we work in the paradigm of the IBM pre-assessment test.There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the actual test is on a different difficulty level when compared to the pre-assessment test.So the secret to score more in this test could be to see beyond the IBM pre-assessment test.
I also had a bad experience with this test by scoring about 10% lower than what I had expected.I had put in about 3 months of effort for the test, especially since I was new to OOAD concepts.
Since you seem to have about 12 months of experience in OOAD and now that you have taken this test once, I believe 1 - 1.5 months of effort before taking the test once again should see your through with a respectable score.
Good Luck,
[This message has been edited by Desai Sandeep (edited December 16, 2001).]
Matts Smith
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Joined: Feb 03, 2001
Posts: 113
I think the best book to clear 486 is Larman's. I scored 81% back in the days. Be sure you understand his GRASP patterns. Some say it's BS but I think it's essential when it comes to design cohesive objects.
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