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Just did the job (67%)

 
Ashik Uzzaman
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Dear All,
Passed yesterday scoring 67%. The exam is not a one week study staff at all.
My Preparation
I got a few IBM exam vouchers free participating in sample tests at IBM site a few months ago. I was planning from that time to appear the exam and downloaded resources available on the net, though did not get time to study. My target was to pass the exam only. As in my company, we work with XML a lot, I thought the exam will not be too hard for me to cover up without book study. As for my preparation I started an e-mail based discussion, providing a few scenario based questions by me, with my colleagues and IT friends. It was helpful and I am still continuing it now. Then I studied the previous day of my exam with one of my friends, Wahid Sadik and appeared 2 mock exams of XML@Whiz together and analyzed the answers. That was my preparation and though I understand it was not sufficient, it was just enough to pass. I specifically performed poor in Information Modeling.
Exam Details
XML related topics need a good understanding to work with or to pass. But working alone is not enough as it needs theoritical focus on
  • XML Syntax
  • DTD
  • Schema
  • XSLT
  • XSL FO
  • DOM
  • SAX


  • There are lots of materials available on the net. But if you want to pass the exam taking 2/3 motnhs time with average study, you may go for some of theose resources like skonnard, w3cshools, zvon etc. But if you want to have a quick pass (1 or 2 weeks), just don't go for all of them. Select topics one by one and read one or two tutorials/books on that. But remember, this exam is at least a little harder than SCJP, SCWCD exam (my view).
    I identified a few points you should be aware of when preparing for the exam.
  • Reading and understanding the scenario quickly - you have to be comfortable with english well. Please expect very long questions, specially those which are scenario based.
  • Time - specially if you are slow reader like me
  • Sense the question - there are lots of true answers in the option, but you have pick the one or two which are more emphazied in the question
  • Syntax - Be familiar with XML syntaxes. Don't let your eye avoid a single '?' mark in your options
  • Process of elimination - In many of my questions I found useful to eliminate the false answers first rather than finding the true answers.


  • I wish you people will continue to enrich this forum with yourn valubale discussions that are immensely beneficiary for all exam-takers.
     
    Shabbir Rahman
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    Congratulation Ashik. You also helped me a lot for getting this certification. You the one who first noticed me about the free IBM voucher. At first you give me all the resources you have on XML, those are great.
     
    jawwad ahmed
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    Congratulation Ashik
    Would u please tell the distribution of questions.
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    Axel Janssen
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    Congratulation Ashik
     
    Ashik Uzzaman
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    Distribution of Questions
    There were 55 questions in total. Among them -
  • 10 Questions (18%) were in Architecture
  • 15 Questions (27%) were in Information Modeling
  • 18 Questions (33%) were in XML Processing
  • 6 Questions (11%) were in XML Rendering
  • 6 Questions were (11%) in Testing and Tuning
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    Ruff Young
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    Congratulations!
     
    Hafizur Rahman
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    Congratulations.
     
    Valentin Crettaz
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    Nice shot Ashik
     
    Chetan M
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    Congradulations Ashik !
     
    Wahid Sadik
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    Contrats....
    by the way.. I also passed with 59%...
     
    Vijay S. Rathore
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    Congratulation Ashik
     
    Marcelo Sousa Ancelmo
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    Congrats!
     
    Tong Chen
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    Congratulations to both of you!
     
    Hariharan Raman
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    COngrats Ashik..!
     
    manasa teja
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    Congrats Ashik..
    Where we can these two books, which you mentioned in post
    skonnard, zvon books?
     
    Ashik Uzzaman
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    Ram,
    You'll get inJavaRanch XML Links Page.
     
    John Lee
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    Congratulations
     
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