Registered: Nov 2002
Cleared exam: 76%
This is my first post here, but I have been reading it for quite a while now. I took the test today and passed with a 76%. The questions seemed pretty easy and I thought I did better than that but of course I am happy to have passed and can now move on to my next cert.
My breakdown per section was about %71 for all requirements except for the Requirments Modeling section in which I got a 90%.
The tools that I used were:
Fowler (read 4 times)
Larman (read patterns, skimmed the rest)
Objects by Design Forum (this one here)
Whizlabs (purchased a week before test)
How I did it:
I started by memorizing the diagrams on the inside cover of Fowler. I got to the point where I could draw all four of the pages by memmory exactly. I did this first so that when I read something then I would have something to relate it to. It gave me a good mental image that made things easier to remember. I read Fowler twice after learning the diagrams.
I tried to read Larman but it had too much information. Plus it is a bit boring to read straight through. I forget who gave this tip but it is a good one, "read all the notes in the boxes that appear throughout the book", they contain the core ideas.
After I failed to read Larman I then discovered Cuellar's notes. Thanks to him they are fabulous notes! I read those about 3 or 4 times. Then I read Fowler a couple more times. Also I read the patterns (GRASP, GoF) from Larman.
I did try taking the exams from cfw and bjparanj. I appreciate their effort but I got frustrated taking them since there seems to be a lot of ambiguity.
Since those practice exams weren't too my liking and I wanted more examples, I decided to purchase Whizlabs OOAD test prep software.
The software made me feel comfortable with the types of questions that would be asked, the length of the test, and also reading the diagrams. Whizlabs gives lot of diagrams, even more than the actual test I believe. The application is very nice to use and saves your results so that you can go back and review your test at a later time. They show you the correct answer, the answer you chose, and the reason for the correct answer explained in specific terms. Also I didn't find any of their questions to be very ambiguous. I think I saved movey by buying this since I might have had to spend another $150 to retake the exam.
I thought I would give everyone my take on the Whizlabs since I was struggling on whether or not to spend the extra $90. In the end, I'm glad I did.
I tooke the ICE Exam and got an 84%. I think the ICE Exam is pretty similar to the real one.
I think I spent well over 100 hours preparing for this all together. I do not have any paid experience doing OO programming. I mostly have a ASP-VBscript-SQL type background. I am certified in Java, but never have been hired to program in it.
Well, that's how I did it. I think I mentioned everything that I was curious about when I got started. What's next for me? I'm thinking of going with Oracle Developer Cert.
Thanks to all the contributors, you've been lots of help.
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