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Passed IBM 486 (OOAD&UML) - 86%

 
dinesh pande
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Hi all,
Today I cleared the IBM 486 (OOAD & UML) exam with 86%. I was happy to c the results as I got 67% in the IBM Sample Test which I took the night before the actual test. I think the actual test has more relevant questions than the sample test.
My preparation went for a couple of weeks (spending 4 hrs per day)
1st Week - Read through the UML Distilled by Fowler
2nd Week - Read through the Applying UML and Patterns by Larman
Background: Sound knowledge of Java, and a fair understanding of UML and OOAD principles. However while preparing for the test I realized I need more experience in applying the concepts to actually master OOAD.
Hope the info helps someone.
Dinesh
SCJP,SCJD,SCWCD,SCEA(partI),IBM OOAD&UML
 
Dave Cronin
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Congratulations - that's an encouraging story.
 
Howard Kushner
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Congrats!
Fowler and Larman are two of the best. How did you come to choose those two titles?
I agree wholeheartedly that no amount of cramming can substitute for real world experience. IMHO, the tests are trying to determine whether you can actually do the job that corresponds to the role.
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Panagiotis Varlagas
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These are the two books recommended by IBM as preparation material on
the official IBM Professional Certification site. I guess this could be the reason for our friend choosing them. At least this is the reason I selected them when I took 486 back in 2001.
Originally posted by Howard Kushner:
Congrats!
Fowler and Larman are two of the best. How did you come to choose those two titles?
I agree wholeheartedly that no amount of cramming can substitute for real world experience. IMHO, the tests are trying to determine whether you can actually do the job that corresponds to the role.
Regards,
 
dinesh pande
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Thanks.
I picked up those 2 books for several reasons.
*) Heard from friends that they are the best
*) Listed as recommended reading on IBM website
*) These books are mentioned again and again in these forums
After I read through the "Applying UML and Patterns", I felt that I should have read this book a couple of years back. If you are not having that book, you are missing a loooooooooot. It is a must have for all developers who want to be good at what they do.
My driving force for taking OOAD & UML was SCEA. After I took SCEA PartI, I realized that I need more knowledge of OOAD and UML principles before I can successfully complete SCEA PartII. Now that I am confident that I know the principles, its time to apply them :-) on SCEA. That is what I like abt these certifications.
Good luck for the rest..
 
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