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my exam experience.

 
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First up, I passed with 74% - happy enough with that. However, I do have a few gripes with this exam.
The questions were shocking - ie; the grammar and the way they were presented. Either the people who compiled the exam did not have english as a first language or they were just not trained up well enough to do the job of compiling questions. I wish I could have posted some examples so you guys could see where I am coming from. I am not sure I would do an IBM exam again as it seemed a little unprofessional.
That aside - to you guys who are looking to pass this exam. This is how I did it. My opinion was that there was simply too much to study for in this exam, so I decided early on to not even try to cover it all. I got very clued up on a lot of it, but deliberately did not worry much about certain areas. For example, I still do not have much of an idea about xpointer, xlink and a few of those things in any sort of detail.
The exam is at least 60% based on the "why, where and when" of XML, and not the "How". This is good in a way as you are not asked anything overly technical or advanced. Really basic DOM, SAX, XPath stuff that you learned about in "chapter 1" or "getting started" sections in the text books. But you absoluetly do need to know where this technology sits in the scheme of things and where in fits in the context of various applications.
My score of 74% pretty much reflects my approach of focusing on certain areas and leaving out others. But in hindsight, the fact that the questions were so very basic would have allowed for me to study it all at much shallower depth and pass with a higher score. Even so,I think I still took the right approach as I now have an in-depth understanding of the main xml technologies I am likely to need.
I have done a few of these exams and this was the most un-enjoyable to study for (not as interesting as the java stuff) and the most poorly presented exam. Motivation was a huge problem for me.
I am glad i passed, it looks great on my resume! I wish you all good luck with it.
regards,
Andles.
 
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Thanks for sharing your experience
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COngrats !!!
yeah ..It sure does look great on the resume especially teh logo
 
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The questions were shocking - ie; the grammar and the way they were presented. Either the people who compiled the exam did not have english as a first language or they were just not trained up well enough to do the job of compiling questions. I wish I could have posted some examples so you guys could see where I am coming from. I am not sure I would do an IBM exam again as it seemed a little unprofessional.


Agree

yeah ..It sure does look great on the resume especially teh logo


Totally Agree
 
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