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Flunked: Here's Why (Topics in addition to Enthuware's)

 
James Brannan
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I studied the Enthuware until I just barely passed the first three practice tests, then took and failed the real one. The Enthuware had me very well prepared for the substantial questions. What threw me were the memorization questions. I was prepared for the questions asking me which code was correct, but I had glossed over worrying about the "Foo is important to Bar because it makes FooBar" memorization. Don't skip it. Enthuware is invaluable as a study tool, but, you gotta memorize the trivia (pretend you are memorizing a technology lingo to get past a recruiter that only knows the buzzwords and has a list of facts).

The following you need to know on a superficial/wikipedia level (just memorize the stuff written).

WSDL 1.1 and it's differences from WSDL 2.0
SOAP 1.1 and it's differences from SOAP 1.2
WS-I and it's three profiles
WS-Policy
WS-Addressing

Now, this is IN ADDITION to everything else in Enthuware. So....will most probably be reporting success in a week or two (haven't checked on how long the wait time between exams). Luckily I have two more practice tests in Enthuware. Don't waste your money on anything other than Enthuware, it's that good.
 
James Brannan
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Oh..and if you see a: "FOO recommends doing XYZ" then memorize XYZ as being what FOO recommends! I actually came across a question like that, but don't recall what it was....it wasn't something super obvious though if I recall. maybe it was...I don't remember
 
Frits Walraven
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I am sorry to hear that you didn't pass the first time, and thank you for your kind words about the Enthuware question bank.

This exam is quite different from the other EE exams (like WCD, EJB and JPA). It is not related to one specification, but to several and the information you have to read and study is humongous. The questions on the real exam can be about minor details of one of the specifications or about "best practices" which are not even part of any of the specifications. Some questions are really easy as you pointed out and you should be sure to score on those as there are a lot of tricky questions.

The Enthuware question bank contains 330 questions but I could have easily doubled them. You can use the question bank as a study help but don't forget to read and study the specifications and the other documents pointed to in the URLs section.

Best of luck in your next attempt and please do share your experiences here!

Regards,
Frits
 
James Brannan
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You are correct, junking up Enthuware with junk questions would lessen it's value. I like the hardness of Enthuware, moreover, it'll help when I actually go to an interview....which is after all the end result of all this.

It's no big deal I flunked. Flunked Web Components first time too. Did same thing with Java cert way back when. IMHO there are two strategies, of course, I'm assuming money isn't an issue. The first strategy is you memorize the entire kitchen sink in addition to knowing how to do stuff. The second is to get consistently to the bare minimum passing grade in practice tests, then take the test without worrying too much about how well you do, as you recognize its 50/50 it could go either way. I got just a bit below passing score.

When taking the test, be certain to mark the ones that stump you. Then, assuming you have time at the end, review them and memorize the topics and the aspect about it that stumped you.

When done, first thing after getting out, jot down notes on the questions you had marked. As soon as humanly possible, reschedule the exam for the next week. This is important, if you hesitate, you might get side-tracked. Of course if you did really poorly you might want to reschedule for two weeks later.

Study the stuff that stumped you in addition to the stuff you did before, with emphasis on the stuff that stumped you.

Enthuware is invaluable IMHO....and by gunking it up with memorization trivia and really easy stuff it would lessen the value IMHO. I like that the questions were harder than exam. Problem is, I forgot to memorize what "fubar recommends".... ;-)
 
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I highly recommend you to try EPractice Lab as well as Enthuware.
A lot of people think EPractice Lab has a lot of errors, but based on my experience, it is helpful.

 
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