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Review of XMLWhiz

 
Johannes de Jong
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IBM XML certification (Test 141)
Some of the problems, as I see them , in obtaining one's certification in general are -
When do I know enough to actually sit down to take the exam.
XMLWhiz has a total of 285 mock questions covering every aspect of the of the exams. They pinpoint exactly which parts of the objectives of the certification needs more work. You then can then generate you own test using their unique Test Configuration to concentrate on the areas that need more work. If this program tell's you you're ready believe me you're ready.
Know what type of questions they can ask in the exams
The authors of the WHIZl@bs questions have obtained their certifications and are using XML in their daily work it stands to reason that their product will simulate the real look and feel of the actual test questions. I must confess though, as I've not taken the exam myself yet I can only trust the comments made by the people that have taken the test themselves here at work. As a matter of interest they all whish they had XMLWhiz when they were preparing for their exams.
Knowing how to pace yourself to enable you to finish in time.
XMLWhiz has a timer running every time you take a test you're constantly made aware how much time you've got left to finish the test. Also see my comment below.
The general coping of pressure.
XMLWhiz has an option where you can set the time you may use to answer a question. Once the time expires the software moves on to the next question, there is no way to go back. Set the time on 3 seconds and see yourself cope. If this doesn't get you used to exam pressure nothing will.
Conclusion.
Though XMLWhiz cant help you study it can and will definitely help you overcome the problems as I've stated above.
If I had to give this product a rating I'd give it an 8. The only recommendation I can make is that XMLWhiz could point the student to the relevent area in the supplied tutorial that needs extra work when aswering a question wrong.
I highly recommend XMLWhiz as a tool to help you obtain your IBM XML certification.
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[ February 12, 2002: Message edited by: Johannes de Jong ]
 
Richard Brown
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Jong,
Thanx man. Reviews like this really help us making our mind and give more confidence in our preparation while using great products like Whiz.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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