1. I believe the exam is on J2EE1.3. What topics do I need to focus more on to pass the exam IBM - 484 - J2EE Connectivity?
2. Do I need to take the Sample test (pay 10$ for the qualifying round) at the IBM/Prometric site and then 150$ for the final exam. Is the sample exam compulsory? Do I need to go to the prometric test centre to take this test?...Can I take the actual exam even if I fail the sample test?
3. Somebody also mentioned about IBM ICE tool. Is it some kind of IBM mock exam simulator? Is it free? Where can I find the details about this?....
In that case I'll take up the IBM mock exam for 10$ and then go for the actual exam. Atleast I'll know what my chances are for passing the actual exam.
Just how difficult is this exam?...I passed SCBCD1.3 without writing a single CMP entity bean, though I did practice the other type of beans.
Simply how much practice/tutorials is required for areas like JNDI, JMS, JCA, JAXP, JAAS?.....These are the areas in which I do not have much practical experience.
Is reading the J2EE1.3 specification required for this exam?
Do I have to memorize any part of the J2EE API and the DTD tags?
Sun's SCBCD exam caught a lot of beta testers by surprise with a lot of questions on EJB roles, EJB-QL and ejb-jar.dtd tags.
Apart from reading plenty of J2EE literature, do we need to practice the tutorials also on JMS, JNDI, JAXP, JAAS etc....mentioned in the above links.
I assume for the tutorials, SUN's reference implementation 1.3 would be sufficient for the exam.