I went to take this SOA entry level certification last Tuesday during the IBM SOA Service Management Conference 2009 in Malaysia (The exam is FREE!). Well, the thing is I don't really have the luxury of abundant time to prepare for this one, partly because I was prep-ing for MQ 996 Solution Designer exam the day before (Will post details on this later) and I only managed to cover the following reading materials.
*Best Practices for SOA Management (Chapters 1 - 3)
Publication number: REDP-4233-00
*Propagating Identity in SOA with Tivoli Federated Identity Manager
Publication number: REDP-4354-00
*Understanding SOA Security Design and Implementation (Chapter 1)
Publication number: SG24-7310-01
*WebSphere Service Registry and Repository Handbook (Chapter 1)
Publication number: SG24-7386-00
*Implementing Technology to Support SOA Governance and Management (SKIPPED)
*SOA fundamentals in a nutshell (Quite a number of questions from this, thought might not in a direct way)
Publication number: SG24-7538-00
IBM Recommandations for Test Preparation
I find most of the questions in the paper very subjective and open ended to the background and experiences of one person. Giving an analogy, the question can be:
13. Please select 2 out of the following that best describes the way to die peacefully.
a. Died when sleeping (Pretty obvious huh)
b. Jumping down from 100 storeys tall building
c. Jumping down from 50 storeys tall building
d. Use a knife
e. Use a gun
When I saw some of the questions similar to the above style, I was like "HUH", then "EMM", then "SHIT"... Well, at the end I need to resort to 2 of my most effective strategy:
A. Use Common Sense in The Context
B. Choose either the shortest or longest answer (!)
By the way, there's another candidate in the same room with me that can't even tell the test number (000-669) when the proctor asked him. What's the whole point of taking the test without even understand the details of the test, its' objectives and structures.
83.3%..... Answered 9 questions wrongly. Darn.
The bottomline is this test is just merely testing your knowledge and common sense on SOA at a very introductory level and yet term "Fundamentals".
I guess product specific certification is more interesting... I like the logo though.