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IBM 486 Exam: Questions and Concerns

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What amount of preparation do people put into passing the IBM 486 OOAD
examination? I am interested in hearing about the relative level of
difficult of the questions and whether or not a single, slow and thoughtful
read of the Larman book is generally enough to prepare you for the IBM exam?
The material is interesting, I'm actually enjoying the Larman book. Enjoying
process and methodology is something I didnt think would ever happen ; I
must be getting wise and older. No grey hairs though yet.
My strategy was to co-prepare for the IBM OOAD exam while doing my SCJD
project. The SCJD project is an excellent opportunity to model and write
some formal documentation as a presentation case. To be honest, I loathe
to prepare for another paper exam, the SCJD is about all I can cope with
for awhile because it offers the soothing relief of doing original design
and implementation.
Love to hear feedback from those who have taken 486.
-- Jim (SCJP2, SCWCD, IBM DB2 Associate)
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HI Jim
This was one of the toughest exam from IBM with in the context that it is more of a real practical experience related exam rather than a "study materias and take the exam" type.
This exam requires you to prepare well some case studies and answer yourself many questions asked by yourself. For example, take a case study like course registration. And design something by urself putting some requirements. You will have some class diagrams based on your design. Ask yourself different questions on the relationships, what happens if you make one relationship from association to aggregation etc. So this exam basically test your real practical experience dealing with Object Orinted Design. I am not sure how much I scored(I think 84% or something), but it was a great pleasure taking that exam. Lots of exhibits. I should be definitely able to help you out for anything related to this exam.
Also, go to, there is a very big usergroup for this exam alone. I think it is moderated by one Mr. Bala P. He is doing a wonderful job out there for Object Oriented Design Community. His forum is helping a lot of people to pass this exam very easily.
Good luck. Yes, this is a great exam to pass and you will feel that you passed an exam with some practical knowledge.
Mahesh Chalil
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Hello Jim
Here is the other community group for Exam 486/UML alone. and register yourself...
Please take a look at this site....
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Larman's book definitely rocks. Also check out Martin Fowler's UML Distilled. Then take the free pre-assessment/sample test at IBM's ICE Web site. I passed the 486 test a while ago. It does require the ability to apply common sense as well as understand the basics of the UML notation. Be sure to let me know if you have any other questions.
Wishing you the very best of luck,
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