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a_java2
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passed 486 with 76%

Hello Guys,

I posted very little to this forum so far! But I have got some valuable info for preparing for the exam from here. Thanks to everyone!

Here is the break-down of my score:

SECTION % of TEST MY SCORE
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Development Process -- 12% -- 85%
Requirements modeling -- 18% -- 80%
Architecture -- 12% -- 100%
Static Modeling -- 22% -- 75%
Dynamic Modeling -- 24% -- 61%
Des & Impl Tech -- 12% -- 71%

Feedback about the exam:
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I found the exam to be MUCH harder than the IBM sample test. I got tonnes of exhibits. May be more than 30 or so.. Really.. I am not kidding. Some of them were pretty complex too.

For 3 of the questions especially, they were occupying the full screen on a 17" viewsonic monitor. And.. I had to deal with 2 exhibits at the same time. One had static diagram and the other had dynamic modeling. I was asked question based on those 2 exhibits. That was REALLY annoying.

Another thing was that the questions were VERY long. Most of them occupied full screen. So may be its not a bad idea to read Norman Lewis's "How to read faster and better" :-)

But, I didn't have a prob with time though. I was able to review most of the questions.

Most of the questions are about how you are able to apply the knowledge for a givem practical problem. There were VERY little straight-forward theory questions...


My suggestions for friends in prep mode:
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ALL the questions are more-or-less based out of Larman and Fowler. Read both the books several times carefully. Especially Larman's book is THE MOST USEFUL resource. Read chapters 5 - 34. You need to by-heart EVERY word of it.. literally.. Also Cueller's notes helped me A LOT!! Don't miss to give it a reading before you go to the exam. It serves as a good last min recap of all the key elements.

I repeat, READ LARMAN SEVERAL TIMES VERY DILIGENTLY. That's the golden key to success.. Do understand the BIG picture. How all the pieces fit together, etc. Pay attention to Larman's end-of-chapter diagrams summarizing the context of the artifacts and its relation with other entities.

My preparation:
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I took courses in OOAD before and so had some decent idea. My total preparation time was about 90 hours. It took me nearly 35 hrs for the first pass of Larman. First pass is very difficult and needs enormous amounts of patience. But after that, it pays off!! You will really enjoy the second and third readings.

I read Fowler too, maybe 4-5 times. But he just touches the surface.

I took the IBM sample test and cfws. I did not have time for bparanj's test. I briefly looked at Whizlabs questions, but they sucked big time.


So guys, beware of the practical application based questions. Prepare well, take a deep breath and jump in :-)

Good Luck.. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help.

Thanks
Anant

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Mr Iftikhar
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Congrats a_java2 for passing the exam and Thanks for your valuable information about the exam.

Can u plz tell me which was the major case study in your exam Either Air Reservation System or Student Registraion System.

And Is there any quesitons on the net which are very near to Actual Exam for getting the difficulty of the exam as you mention that most questions are practical based.

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bparanj
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Congratulations on your success !!! Good luck on your 483 exam.

Best Wishes,
Bala

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I had an event reservation system repeating mostly. Think of Ticketmaster. It has very similar functionality. Some exhibits are diagrams, some are just description of the problem, some are Data Dictionary, etc... Many of them repeat in the exam. I had one question on home morgage with an exhibit, 2 or 3 questions on a banking system with huge exhibits of class digrams.

Another type of question I got was, they would give a huge class diagram and in another exhibit it would have 4 different sequence or collaboration diagrams. You have to pick the best interaction digram as per the given question. I found this type of questions, most annoying as you have to handle two full-size exhibits and read the question and its options all at the same time. Handling all the three at once was a bit difficult. If you have these kind of questions, I suggest, mark them and leave them for the end rather than wasting time in the middle of the exam (I did not follow this approach ofcourse! but will be very useful).

More than knowing about a particular system, what I found MOST important is HOW to analyze the problem. Read Larman VERY DILIGENTLY couple of times. If you can apply what you learn from it, you should all be set. That was what I did and it works. Also be sure to read the recap of Cueller's notes before going to exam. That will keep everything fresh in your mind at the time of giving the exam.

Please don't waste your energies and time trying to learn a particular system. All systems need the same basics. Thats my sincere advice.

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Mr Iftikhar
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Thanks again a_java2.

Can u tell me another thing, that I don't have enough time to study the whole book again and again as I have to give the exam with in one and half week.
Is this necessary to read BOTH SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CYCLE instead of reading of first 24 chapters of 1st Cycle.
Because I have not studied the 2nd development cycle yet.

Thanks and what's your suggestion that I must read the 2ND DEVELOPMENT PHASE or 1st DEVELOPMENT PHASE IS ENOUGH TO PASS THE EXAM.

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Hi,
Good shot.Congratulations...

Bye,
Viki.

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congrats nice work

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