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Failed ibm 287; any suggestions?

 
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It is really hard to take it, but I think I did not prepare well.

With ibm 285 on my pocket, scbcd and scwcd, i read howard kushner book. that's it.

i guess it is not enough.

any suggestions on preparing to retake it?

its tough to accept failure,...spent 2 weeks moping on it now, didnt read any book, its the first 2 weeks that i never touched a tech book, coz of depression maybe
 
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Sorry to hear that, Brad

Al IBM tests are very different from Sun tests - questions more tricky and sometimes *very* ambiguous...

This is what other people said about the test :

https://coderanch.com/t/144830/po/certification/Passed-evaluation-exam

https://coderanch.com/t/144953/po/certification/Failed-at-IBM

Could you give your opinion what was on the test and not covered in Kushner's book ?

Thank you.
 
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Hi

I failed to take 287 a couple of months ago.

At least for me, Kushner's book was a completely waste of time. The level required for the exam, scenarios, is not covered. It might be a good source, for guys that already have practical experience with WAS.

Right know my approach is preparing for 340, that hopefully it will give me a better knowledge about WebSphere environment. Unfortunately, its content is huge and sometimes very difficult to understand.

I really don�t know how I will overcome my lack of experience in using WebSphere. It seems that the even the red books are not enough. I am very frustrated with those IBM certifications. I feel completely lost.
 
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Originally posted by Brad Clijster:


any suggestions on preparing to retake it?



Sorry to hear about that. One good thing you should be proud of, is that you have the guts to go for the exam. That's my take on it, when i'm in a bit of doubt about my preparation for any exam. Attitude matters, pass or fail doesn't.

Please go through Mastering EJB2 by Ed Roman. Its available as a free pdf download here - http://www.theserverside.com/books/wiley/masteringEJB/downloads/MasteringEJB2.pdf

Its a good book and talks clearly about transactions and entity beans. That knowledge is good enough for the exam. I also went through Kushner, but didn't find it of much help. Also, don't buy whizlabs for this exam. It doesn't help much.

Hope this helps.
 
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