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Likeness between 484 and 287

 
Luigi Smith
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I am wondering in preparing for one of these exams implicitly prepares you for the other being that they cover similar topics (i.e., do you benefit from taking them in close proximity)?
Also, do you recommend taking one exam before the other? People report an easier time with 287, but I can't discern if that's because they already got through 484 first.
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Howard Kushner
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Hello Luigi,
Yes, there would appear a bit of overlap between those two tests, but looking carefully you see the focus is quite different. I took the 287 first, then the 484 and did well on both.
Do yourself a favor and take the preassessment / sample tests available at htp://certify.torolab.ibm.com since they are remarkably similar to the actual exams.
Best wishes to you!
 
Luigi Smith
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Howard,
Excellent...I just picked up your book to help get me motivated to pass. I took the assessments and the actual 484 with no studying (it was free at an IBM conf.) and missed the exam by 2 questions. With a little effort and guidance I think I'll have no problem. Seemed like a lot of esoteric questions on JMS from what I remember. Does your book cover this pretty well? Any other references in this area you recommend.
Also, did you take the exams in close proximity?
Can't wait to land ED jCert! Thanks!
 
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Hello Luigi,
Thank you so much for getting my book! By coincidence, we do cover some of the 484 stuff, but our main focus was the 287. If you read the preface you should then understand the part that the book plays in you ability to pass that test. The book actually covers a bit more than is needed to pass the exam, but that was done on purpose, because it is also intended to be a graduate level text. You will need to have experience with WebSphere Studio, and be able to analyze scenarios, know the specs and use good problem solving skills to do the best on the exams.
With regard to other references, see the list of recommended educational resources on IBM's web site. I agree with their list:
http://www-1.ibm.com/certify/tests/edu287.shtml
I took the 287 in April as soon as it became available, but did not take the 484 right away for two simple reasons:
  • I was busy getting mu book published.
  • I got a voucher in June to take the 484 for free, and it's expiration date was the end of August.


  • I am sure you will do fine. Best of luck. If, after you have earned the coveted CED you have a moment, please do me a favor and post a review on Amazon.com for my book. By the way, how did you purchase it? Online?
    Regards,
     
    Luigi Smith
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    Yup, just got back from a conference and looked at your book first thing. Very thorough and I am thrilled to know that I have done many of the things you describe in the book with WSAD. I am for sure going to knock that one out first.
    I bought your book off amazon through a third-party -- I think it was nerdbooks.com. Again, thanks for putting this work together.
    Best,
    Lou
     
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