I'm going to take the IBM test #286 tomorrow. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions/memories about the difficulties they encountered while taking the test.
In particular, does the test include a LOT of very precise WSAD questions that are not covered in the practice tests?
I bought the CertFX practice test and the IBM 10$ one. I studied using the CertFX test, the WSAD help files and the IBM Red Books. I passed the IBM 10$ test with around 85% the first time I took it. I'm fairly comfortable with WSAD and web application development.
I am beginner in Java/J2EE technology. I mean, I never worked with it, but I got some certifications from Sun. IBM questions are quite tricky and completely different from SUN. They ask a lot about scenarios.
I did not take the IBM pre-assessment test. I found some comments at JavaRanch that they are useless because their questions do not match the level that they asked at the exam. Also I thought that their test was like SUN, and I practiced using the mock exams, which I already used in the past (Enthuware)
I studied WebSphere using Howard�s book. For me it was useless, because they asked questions with an information detail level that I did not find in his book
Good luck tomorrow
AMERICO SOUZA<br />MSCS, BSCS and BSEE <br />ACHIEVEMENTS<br />CompTIA (A+), Cisco (CCNA), Oracle (OCA - PL/SQL), Sun (Java, J2EE and EJB).<br />Currently persuing Oracle's Forms Certification
Don't worry with Wizards and GUI because at least at 287, they did not ask any question about this stuff.
This is because of the different focus of the exams. For 285, most of the questions are related to WSAD. For 286, it should be half of the questions related to WSAD. For 287, it focus on J2EE and only a few questions related to WSAD.
But if you back day to the previous exam (it seems 158 but I am not quite sure) of 287, i.e. the exam for WSAD 4.0, it focus much in WSAD because at that period, there is no 285/286-styled exams for WSAD 4.0.
The most useful study material was the WSAD online help. Besides that, I read and reread the test objectives. I also studied by correcting the mock exam answers given in my previous post. Application certifications are difficult for me because they ask too much questions about specific tools supplied by the given application.
But in the end, I feel I can now use WSAD more productively.
And that, is a good thing!
For those of you who will take the test soon, I advise you to study application running, profiling and debugging. Also, you MUST master remote running, profiling and debugging.
WHAT is your favorite color? Blue, no yellow, ahhhhhhh! Tiny ad:
Building a Better World in your Backyard by Paul Wheaton and Shawn Klassen-Koop