Sorry I just saw your message, hope it's not too late to answer your questions.
How much of experience do you have with Websphere Studio?
I took a five days training in IBM, before that, I don't have any experience. But I did use 4-5 weeks prepare for this exam.
Where did you take it, have you had any IBM training for this?
Prometric. You can book the test at www.2test.com
How would you compare real questions to practice on certify.torolab.ibm.com, have you used this test while preparing for the exam?
Yes I used that test while preparing for the exam. But, the practice exam only gives you an idea of how detail it question will be and which kind of content will show in the exam. None of the practice test question will show at the real test.
Did you have the required SCJP status or passed IBM CIW Web Developer prior to the test?
If no, are you required to submit results upon passing or it happens automatically?
I submitted it to IBM. But I still don't get the certification yet.
What is that Design Patterns book you mentioned?
3.2 Design Patterns, Gamma et al, Addison-Wesley, 1995.
Hope it helps.
[ August 19, 2003: Message edited by: michelle Jin ]