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tjcasser
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Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
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Passed 486 with 83%

I've been lurking here for the last few weeks while I've been ramping up for the test, but thought I'd offer an alternative view after reading the last post of a passer.

Time Required: 1 hour 7 minutes

My scores:


Section % of Test Score
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Development Process 13% 71%
Requirements Modeling 18% 80%
Architecture 13% 100%
Static Modeling 21% 83%
Dynamic Modeling 22% 77%
Design and Implementation Tech. 13% 86%
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Preparation Materials:
* UML Distilled 2/e by Martin Fowler
* Applying UML and Patterns 2/e by Craig Larman
* Notes on Larman by Ezequiel Cuellar

Mock Exams:
* IBM's ICE site
* Review questions from ObjectsByDesign.com
* OOAD@Whiz

I have to say that the OOAD@Whiz was a wonderful product, even at the fairly high purchase price. Not only did it get me comfortable with having to go back and forth between the fair number of exhibits, but it was actually harder than the real exam. While that ended up really depressing my confidence prior to my taking 486, I think I'd rather go into an exam thinking that I'll have trouble due to overly tough mocks than have an engine tell me, "You're doing great!" and get in there to find it much harder.

Many of the questions were fairly straight forward, and it used two different example scenarios for the entire exam. One difference between OOAD@Whiz and the real exam - there were only two questions on my exam today that involved recognizing design patterns, and both of them were more involved with the application than identifying them.

This isn't to say that the exam is easy - I think I only did so well because I made myself panic about how poorly I was doing in the OOAD@Whiz tests, and consequently made myself sick studying the books over, and over, and over again. (I think my coworkers must think I'm insane by now, from the piles of flashcards I was toting around and reviewing almost constantly.)

Well, now I have both 483 and 486 under my belt... now just to figure out which of the various server exams (WSAD or iPlanet) to go try to take to get my Enterprise Developer cert...

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SCPJ2 1.2, SCWCD
IBM Certified Specialist - WAS 3.5 / 4.0
IBM Certified Systems Expert - WAS 4.0
IBM Certified Solutions Expert - DB2 7.1
IBM Certified Developer - XML and Related Technologies
Passed IBM Exams 483 (J2EE Connectivity) and 486 (OOAD with UML)

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Vel
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Hi tjcasser,

Congrats for passing in the OOAD exam with flying colors. It is a great job. The whiz labs s/w is good you are telling but it is very expensive, Will it be really useful to the exam perspective?.

Can i install the software in my work machine and in my home PC or i can install in only machine with the licence key i get.
Kindly update me.

Thanks in advance
Vel.

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quote:
Originally posted by Vel
Hi tjcasser,

Congrats for passing in the OOAD exam with flying colors. It is a great job. The whiz labs s/w is good you are telling but it is very expensive, Will it be really useful to the exam perspective?.



Bearing in mind, of course, that I don't work for WhizLabs , I think it was very useful, and worth the cost. Remember, if you don't pass, they'll refund your money, so it's a no-lose proposition.

quote:
Can i install the software in my work machine and in my home PC or i can install in only machine with the licence key i get.


Honestly, I don't know if you need a second installation key or not - I didn't try to install the software at work (as my boss pays me to work, not to study for exams. ). According to [URL=Whizlab's FAQ]http://www.whizlabs.com/faq.html[/URL], if you need a second unique key, you can email them at their support address with your purchase details and explain why you need a second key. So in theory, if you need a second key, there's a way to request one (though it might be for a nominal cost).

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SCPJ2 1.2, SCWCD
IBM Certified Specialist - WAS 3.5 / 4.0
IBM Certified Systems Expert - WAS 4.0
IBM Certified Solutions Expert - DB2 7.1
IBM Certified Developer - XML and Related Technologies
Passed IBM Exams 483 (J2EE Connectivity) and 486 (OOAD with UML)

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