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tvtm
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Hi All,

I am glad to mention that I passed OOAD- UML exam with 80%.

I feel I am really indebted to this forum.

Excellent and well organized forum for this exam.

Special thanks to SZ,Bala, cfw for their dedicated time towards
prep. tests.I know this is not a easy job.

Many Thanks to Ezequiel Cuellar for his consolidated notes..

Thanks to everyone who have contributed to this forum which in turn helps other people who are preparing for the exam.

My profile:

Preparation :
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Time : 2 weeks

# hours : around 60 hours

reference books : Fowler, Larman

forums : this forum

prep tests : IBM ICE test, bala test, cfw test


Real Exam :
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Nothing much to mention exclusively because this forum covers almost all aspects of exam. Just to consolidate the points what I felt bit important:Please note that the following points are just my perspective key poitns of this exam other than that they do not imply anything ...


Exam :
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Common to all Sections in exam :
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Be thorough with all exam objectives. Dont ignore exam objectives while preparing any section.
Be firm and clear about definitions and usage of any concepts throughtout which would help in deciding "Best"
option out of options in exam.
Work on some case study which would be beneficial in
saving a lot time in exam because you may be thorough with concepts but what is required in exam from my point of view is " How good you are at using those techniques in real world projects"

For example :
which one is Best option with respect to preparion of UML exam:
a) UML certification forum is well organized
b)this Forum members are excellent in responding and be on top of it.

The answer is associated with practicality each forum member.


Development Process(12%):
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Clear cut idea about definitions of all process related concepts.


Requirements Modeling (18%):
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Best way to prepare for this one is : Take some case study and prepare all modeling aspects from that .
Example : Take a case study ---
identify use cases, actors etc.,

If you really practise this section on different case study examplea, then it would be helpful in exam to save some time to really grasp some points.Otherwise directly trying to attempt to identify usecases in exam is really tough and time cosuming process.

Architecture(12%) :
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Prepare for all objectives..


Static Modeling (22%):
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This section is a big chunk of whole exam questions.
Very important o prepare each objective and try each objective on
some case study to get acquainted with the ways to identify classes etc., It is not just nouns to identify classes but a lot of other things to do in order to identify classes etc. If you practise these aspects on any case study, it would be helpful in exam to save time . Directly attempting this section objectives in exam is going to be tough and time consuming.

Dynamic Modeling(24%):
---------------------------------

This is one more big set . All the diagrams in this section objectives are candidates for thorough study.

Design and implementation Techinques(12%):
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Patterns , reusablity and refactoring and impementation aspects are candidates for this section.


Overall impression:
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This exam is interesting and challenging.
This is one of the best certification exams .
Exam is not too hard at the same time not too simple


Yield out of exam :
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More thorough knowledge of UML
Best opportunity for exploring different patterns
Process phase knowledge


I hope I covered all things what and how I am supposed to .

Any questions , please ....

Best of luck to all others who are preparing ( I know Luigi is taking next week..)


tvtm

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Vikrama
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Hi,

Congratulations... tvtm!.Please stuck with us and help us in preparing for IBM 486 Exam.BTW u have summaraized ur exam preparation very well.How many times u attempt ICE & what was ur score in each attemts?.U have mentioned preparation time two weeks.But for how long u was studying UML & how many times u have read Larman & Fowler?.


And one interesting last question:U have attractive list of certification in ur signature.May i ask why u put IBM 486 Exam on the third number, why not first or last?.


Bye,
Viki.

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Hi Viki,

Thanks for your wishes.
Absolutely!! I will be with forum to help others who are preparing for this exam. I avoided some information like how many times I read the books ,etc., because I thought that actually may not help anyone to prepare for this exam. But I will be more than happy to mention those details if you want:

I have
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10 years of OOA/D experience

3 years of UML acquaintance and usage of tools

I have read
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2 times Fowler book(completely)
1 time Larman book( hard to say completely since it is a good book covering exam objectives and non-exam ones also..I thoroughly covered all chapters which cover exam objectives and I skimmed through all other chapters once)

1 time Ezequiel Cuellar notes just one day before exam so that this notes reading becomes revision of Larman book points.


I would rather say the #weeks,#months may give very high level picture of preparation span. What exactly matters is #hours spent for preparation.


Coming to mock tests:
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ICE test :
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1st time:
Preparation: 0%
score: 67%
Aim: thinking of taking this test
Yield : boosting point

2nd time:
Preparation: 75%
score: 82%
Aim: trying to cover 3/4 preparation
Yield : areas or points to cover

3rd time:
Preparation: 100%
score: 90%
Aim: Fully prepared
Yield : Ready to go



Bala ,cfw and Ivan tests:
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Glanced throgh them rapidly due to time constraint. I posted my answers for most of Ivans questions.


Coming to your last question:
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IBM OOAD with UML to 3rd place because that is the most interesting one out of all IBM exams what I took so far.This is the one which is more generic whereas all other exams are product based.The 3rd place makes it first in in all IBM exams. I would like to put all similar ones in one group with discriminator "COMPANY NAME" may be got influenced by Fowler's multi classification diagram ...



Next Goals ( I want to mention this time before you ask ...)
------------------------

Websphere App Studio Solution developer
Sun java architect

Ok ... let me go and count flowers in my garden and see any leaves have fallen down

tvtm

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Luigi
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Congrats!! That's awesome. Still a bit nervous about taking it myself. I postponed one more weekend as this weekend is our 5 year anniversary. Remember priorities boyz!!

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Hi Luigi,

Thanks for your wishes. I am sure that you will get through it with good %. Your preparation shows that. All the best , Luigi !!
Anyhow, many happy returns of the day ....Enjoy...

One more thing I want to mention as part of this mail is:

I had gone through all textual and direct questions first without touching any questions with diagrams.

While doing this process, I came to know about how many questions are there based one case study and how far I got to really understand the case study . This helped a lot. If you have time go through CFW and Bala tests also thoroughly..

I am sure we will come out with flying colors....


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Congratulations on breezing through the exam so quickly with a very good score. I am sure that your real-world experience has helped you a lot in the exam.

Do you remember how many questions were on the case study?
Good luck on your other certification exams.

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Hi Bala,

Thanks Bala. Infact not only my real world experience but your explanation and quick references also helped me a lot in cutting of my preparation time to maximum extent. Once again thanks Bala..

Coming to # of questions :
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Static modeling:
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Infact all most all static modeling questions are based on one
case study.If you take % of static modeling out of entire exam , it is 22% i.e., around 13 questions.Out of 13 quns , may be around 10 one same case study.

Dynamic modeling :
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23% of entire exam quns i.e., around 14 quns .Otu of 14 quns ,around 10 are based on other case study.

Mix of both case studies:
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Out of two categories and 27 quns ,there are around 7 questions are based on both case studies.


I lost my % in static modeling case study because I started analysing why other choices were wrong for a question and in turn I spent more time just in one case study which had an impact on other sections of exam.

Thats the reason , I am asking members who are preparing to go through case study atleast once before attempting exam which really saves a lot of time and buys us some time to review all quns at the end..


If you think any other information from me or any piece of work helps the members , please feel free to queue a msg for me so that I can attend promptly.

Finally, I admire your effort and time spent on this forum.Really, I have seen people leaving the forum once they are done with exam. But I should appreciate your help and especially interest in subject.

All the best to you ...

Thanks
tvtm

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Hi tvtm,

Thank you for the kind words. Can you please clarify the following :

Does the questions on the case study make the candidate look at the class diagram and the use cases to answer ? or is it just looking at the class diagram and answering the question?

For instance, for the application of GRASP patterns how was the questions framed?

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Hi,

In both case studies, the use cases are always available for the questions as part of exhibits. In some questions, there is one more exhibit either class diagram or some other diagram in addition to use case. In a nut shell , all case study questions have use case as part of exhibit and for some questions not only the use case but some other diagram like class diagram or sequence diagram is also available as part of exhibit.

I hope I answered your question. If not , please raise a flag..


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I would like to mention one more thing . There was a dictionary exhibit available for some of the questions.This exhibit gives textual information of all terms only.



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