Registered: Jan 2002
Well done. That's a really good score.
I passed today myself with 76%. It's a tough exam and my advice to potential candidates is you need to study quite hard for this and be well prepared (Personally, I put in a couple of hours a day for 2 months). Definitely read the recommended texts thoroughly, expecially Larman. Larman's book can be heavy going in places on first read, when you go through all those specs, technical memos and so on in detail. I found I appreciated the book a great deal more the second time around when I was focusing more on understanding (and memorising!) all the key points and looking at how the listed objectives on IBM's site map to chapters in the book. One problem with Larman's book is you can easily lose sight of what the unified process is about as most of the info given is on requirements and design. I found it helpful to read a separate summary of the unified process as well to gain a clear overview ("The Unified Process Explained" - Kendall Scott).
As far the exam is concerned only about a third to a half is straight out the texts, answer immediately stuff. Most questions test whether you really understand Larman's ideas and can apply them in a given situation, or otherwise understand exactly what that situation corresponds to for the textbook answer. eg. I doubt it'll ever say "Define GRASP Creator", more you'll have to realise for yourself that is what applies and then apply it correctly, for example, in the light of new requirements, or a poor design needing refactoring. I think people newer to OO who have less experience of (well-organised) OO projects will find the exam harder -- more experience will definitely help (for me, 2 to 3 years commercial OO, with some UML diagramming).
It's quite a long exam, 2 hrs 15min. I found I had just 10 mins left to review my answers which was enough. I advise trying to find a test centre with big screens because of the size of the exhibits. I did the test on an IBM Thinkpad (VUE/IBM test centre). These were fast machines so scrolling was not a problem but it would have been nice not to have to do that.
I think it would be extremely helpful if there was more than one practice test, with harder examples. That said, I scored 76% on the sample test and 76% on the exam next day, so I can't complain! I definitely think we need an official set of sample answers with a reasoned explanation for each question as a learning / training aid. This forum has certainly been useful to a large extent for that -- thanks
Good luck to everyone else!
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