The Microsoft test 70-502 measures an individual’s ability to develop and implement Windows-based applications based on the Windows Presentation Foundation technology by using Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. The individual must have a sound knowledge of Visual Studio 2008. Before taking the 70-502 test, you should practice the following:

  1. Select an application type and manage its responsiveness.
  2. Configure event handling, commands, page-based navigation, and application settings.
  3. Select and configure content controls, item controls, and layout panels.
  4. Integrate Windows Forms controls into a WPF application.
  5. Create user and custom controls.
  6. Create and display two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphics.
  7. Create and manipulate documents.
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The Microsoft test 70-503 measures an individual’s ability to develop distributed applications by using technologies such as XML Web services, .NET remoting, and Windows enterprise services. The individual must have a sound knowledge of Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 to build distributed applications. Before taking the 70-503 test, you should practice the following:

  1. Define Service, Data, Operation, and Message contracts.
  2. Process generic messages.
  3. Create and configure service endpoints.
  4. Manage consistency between life cycle, sessions, concurrency, and binds.
  5. Host a service in a managed application.
  6. Host a service on a Web server.
  7. Create custom behaviors.
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The CISSP test is designed to certify users who have a minimum of five years of professional experience in information security. The CISSP test covers implementing security policy, identifying security threats, and developing countermeasures using firewall systems and attack-recognition technologies. Before taking the CISSP test, you should practice the following:

  1. Implement network perimeter security and elements of an effective security policy.
  2. Implement encryption, including the three main encryption methods used in internetworking.
  3. Implement public key infrastructure and hashing function.
  4. Implement firewalls on the network.
  5. Understand firewall system planning, including levels of protection.
  6. Use tools to evaluate key security parameters, including techniques for security accounts.
  7. Implement system patches and fixes, including application of system patches.
  8. Audit security and assess network risk factor.
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The CX310-090(Sun Certified Business Component Developer for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition 1.3) test checks your ability to understand, test, and develop basic EJB codes. It requires you to have a good understanding of enterprise Java beans 2.0, and the ability to write code for well-defined design applications. The test asks all sorts of tricky questions, which you might not encounter in the real world. Practicing the following things with the subject will make you confident enough of scoring well in the test:

  1. Identify characteristics, programming restrictions, and benefits of EJB 2.0. Understand the responsibilities of the EJB container and those of a bean provider.
  2. Identify the methods that are exposed and that are hidden from a client through interfaces using the client view in case of session bean and entity bean home and remote interfaces.
  3. Understand the differences between stateless session beans, stateful session beans, entity beans, and message-driven beans for EJB 2.0.
  4. Identify methods that are present in local home interface, local component interface, remote home, and remote component interface. Some methods may be present in more than one interface.
  5. Understand the life cycles of session, entity, and message-driven beans.
  6. Identify correctly-implemented deployment descriptor elements for an enterprise Java bean.
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The Sun Certified Mobile Application Developer for the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition, Version 1.0 certification exam is meant for software developers who are developing mobile applications by using the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) technology.

The devices include cellular phones, PDAs, set top boxes, etc. Before taking the test, an individual must practice in the following areas:

  • Understand JTWI specifications.
  • Understand J2ME configuration and profiles.
  • Understand various wireless messaging APIs.
  • Understand different types of messages.
  • Understand the limitations of the Java Virtual Machine for CLDC.
  • Understand the limitations of mobile devices in terms of memory, processing speed, screen size, etc.
  • Develop MIDlets using different user interfaces.
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Q. What are the prerequisites for the SCMAD Version 1.0 exam?

A. Before taking the SCMAD version 1.0 exam, you must first pass the Sun Certified Java Programmer exam (CX310-025 or CX310-035 or CX310-055 or CX310-065).

Q. What are the exam objectives?

A. The exam objectives can be found at http://www.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/CX-310-110.xml.

Q. What is the exam fee?

A. The fee for the exam is US$200. However, discounts may be available on the exam, and you can get the details from your nearest prometric center. The list of prometric centers can be found at the prometric site.

Q. How can I register for my exam?

A. After you purchase your exam voucher, you can contact an authorized prometric center to schedule your exam date, time, and location. Sun Java certifications can be taken only in authorized prometric centers, in the country where the exam voucher is purchased. You can book the exam within one year from the date of purchase of vouchers. The exam date may depend on your choice (and availability of slot) in your selected test center.

Q. What are the types of questions asked in the exam?

A. The questions are of three types as follows:

  • Single answer type questions
  • Multiple choice type questions
  • Drag and drop questions

There are instructions to choose the number of correct answers (for example choose 2 or choose 3). You will be asked to click the exhibit button to display the code for drag and drop.

Q. How many questions are asked in the exam?

A. There are 68 questions in the exam. To pass the exam, you need to score at least 55% (i.e. 38 out of 68).

Q. What is the duration of the exam?

A. 150 minutes

Q. What are other important factors that I should consider while taking the test?

A. On the day of the test, you need to reach the examination center at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time. When you contact the prometric center in-charge, he will take you to a room with a computer that you will use for the exam. He will also provide you with a pen-paper/white board-marker for rough work. He will guide you on the instructions to take the exam. Once you are ready, you can ask him to start the exam.

You are not allowed to take anything with you to the test center, not even your water bottle or any food. You need to carry two identity proofs of which at least one should have a photo attached.

Once you complete the exam, you can ask the center in-charge for the result.

The center in-charge will give a printed report of your score. The sheet will tell you whether you have passed and the percentage of marks in various areas (a graph will indicate your score in different divisions).

Q. What is the exam retake policy?

A. If you fail in the SCMAD Version 1.0 exam, you will have to purchase a new exam voucher to retake the exam. You will have to wait for at least 2 weeks before you can retake the exam.
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The CX310-083 (Sun Certified Web Component Developer for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition 1.5) test checks your ability to use the basic syntax and structure of the Servlet and JSP pages. This test requires you to have a good understanding of Java, Servlets, and JSP pages, and the ability to write code for well-defined design applications. For this purpose, along with studying books and taking various practice tests, you should also practice with Servlets and JSP code. This will let you learn a lot of things that are of great importance from the test point of view. The test asks all sorts of tricky questions that you might not consider in the real world. Practicing the following things with the subject will make you confident enough of scoring well in the test:

  1. Use the HTTP and HttpServlet methods and use sequence of the Servlet life cycle.
  2. Write code using the HttpServletRequest and HttpServletResponse interfaces.

  3. Describe the purpose and semantics of the deployment descriptor and construct the correct structure of the deployment descriptor and a WAR file.
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Q. What is the pre-requisite for taking the 1z0-045 test?

A. 1z0-045 is an upgrade test for all Oracle 8i OCPs (1z0-020). Therefore, to give 1z0-045, you must be 8i OCP. 1z0-045 is titled as Oracle Database 10g DBA New Features for Oracle8i OCPs. The best way to study for any certification is self-studying and getting hands on the software.
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Oracle has designed 1z0-045 (Oracle Database 10g DBA New Features for Oracle8i OCPs) as an upgrade certification test, which helps you to upgrade from an Oracle 8i Certified Professional to an Oracle 10g Certified Professional (OCP). Apart from studying books and taking various practice tests, you should also practice with Oracle 10g software, which will be of great importance from the test point of view.

Before taking this exam, you should practice the following:

  1. Install Oracle 10g.
  2. Use EM to perform various activities pertaining to a database.
  3. Use data pump commands to import and export data.
  4. Identify advisor’s recommendations to manage the space within a database.
  5. Recognize and manage the server-generated alerts.
  6. Automate tasks with scheduler.
  7. Define VLDB supports.
  8. Perform database backup and recovery with enhanced features.
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Q. What is the pre-requisite for taking the 1z0-040 test?

A. The prerequisite for the 1z0-040 test is Oracle Database 10g: New Features for Administrators Release 2 (1z0-030). The 1z0-040 (OCP) is a step that upgrades your 9i OCP credential to 10g credential. Generally, one test is required for OCPs to upgrade to each new release of an Oracle DBA track. The Oracle Database 10g certification track is a step towards a successful career as an Oracle professional. However, you must be well experienced with the SQL before you take the test. Self-studying and self-schooling can certainly help you prepare for the test. This will require a lot of dedication and practice managing a database and newly added features in 10g.

Q. How can you register for the test?

A. Register yourself through the registered PearsonVUE testing center. After getting yourself registered for the test, you can contact the testing center to know the schedule (date and time) of your test. Oracle certifications can be taken only at authorized PearsonVUE centers world-wide. The test date may depend on your choice (and availability of slot) in your selected test center. You may choose to register yourself online at http://www.pearsonvue.com/oracle/

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