Just back from the testing site and I passed this test, yeah!! I studied for about 3 weeks (the last week in earnest) using Kushner's book. I've had good background in this area, especially the last year, so I scored well in the components and transactions area. Needed a little better understanding for validation, tuning, and some of the application client stuff. I would comment that the test questions were quite a bite more ambiguous than the sample ICE questions. They ask you questions about EJBs and don't tell you what type of bean it is! I felt about a dozen questions were like this on varrying topics. This is opposite from my experience I had taking the IBM 486 test, so I don't know if it was the battery of questions I got or what! No matter, I passed and look forward to taking 484 next month. Many thanks to all of the posts here and especially to Howard in providing expedited answers to my questions regarding his wonderful book!
Hello Luigi, Congratulations, and thanks for the kind words. It is indeed a difficult exam and in many cases the questions require analysis rather than memorization. Good luck on the 484 test. I saved it for last myself! Regards, [ December 16, 2003: Message edited by: Howard Kushner ]
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Luigi, Are there any good resources on the net for 287 apart from the Kushner's book? Any info is appreciated! How long it will take for the preparation if one does not have much experience in this field?
I thought my experience in a particular area was fairly well-represented in the test. For instance, my EJB/Transactions experience is strong (I've worked on several projects) and I scored high. However, application clients and profiling and tuning was low, due to my lack of experience in those areas and despite my best efforts to study up on them. Therefore, I think having some solid experience in most of the areas covered is almost necessary. Even just doing your own project or something, especially in this test since it relies heavily on the tooling. The resources I used to study were Kushner's book mostly, but I've read Ed Roman's EJB and Monson's EJB book as well as the first part of the EJB 2.0 with WSAD Redbook. I've read on the subject for awhile, but studied in earnest with Kushner's book two weeks before the exam. HTH!