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I was asking questions about the DB2 certification exams a couple of weeks
ago and I realize I forgot to ask two questions. I suspect I know the
answers but it would be very helpful to get confirmation on these points.

1. Are the exams "closed book"? I am assuming they are but if I can bring a
laptop or PDA with the DB2 manuals to the exam and use that to answer
questions without breaking any rules, I would certainly like to do that.

2. Are all of the questions multiple choice or true/false? Or will some of
them be "essay" questions? Again, I'm assuming they will all be multiple
choice or true/false but I'd like to be sure.

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Rhino
Dec 10 '07 #1
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"rhino" <No***********************@anonymous.comwrote in message
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>I was asking questions about the DB2 certification exams a couple of weeks
ago and I realize I forgot to ask two questions. I suspect I know the
answers but it would be very helpful to get confirmation on these points.

1. Are the exams "closed book"? I am assuming they are but if I can bring
a laptop or PDA with the DB2 manuals to the exam and use that to answer
questions without breaking any rules, I would certainly like to do that.
Yes, the exams are closed book. Are you kidding me?
2. Are all of the questions multiple choice or true/false? Or will some of
them be "essay" questions? Again, I'm assuming they will all be multiple
choice or true/false but I'd like to be sure.
No essay questions. They are multiple choice, but some questions require
that you select all the choices that are true or all the choices that are
false (and they may not tell you how many are true or how many are false).
Dec 10 '07 #2

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"Mark A" <no****@nowhere.comwrote in message
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"rhino" <No***********************@anonymous.comwrote in message
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>>I was asking questions about the DB2 certification exams a couple of weeks
ago and I realize I forgot to ask two questions. I suspect I know the
answers but it would be very helpful to get confirmation on these points.

1. Are the exams "closed book"? I am assuming they are but if I can bring
a laptop or PDA with the DB2 manuals to the exam and use that to answer
questions without breaking any rules, I would certainly like to do that.

Yes, the exams are closed book. Are you kidding me?
Like I said, I _assumed_ that the tests were closed book.

I'd have felt pretty silly if I got to the test center crammed full of
memorized information and then found that I could have brought reference
materials with me. Knowing that reference materials were permitted would
also have changed the nature of my preparations: I wouldn't try to memorize
so much, just know where to find the answers in the materials I was
bringing.
>
>2. Are all of the questions multiple choice or true/false? Or will some
of them be "essay" questions? Again, I'm assuming they will all be
multiple choice or true/false but I'd like to be sure.

No essay questions. They are multiple choice, but some questions require
that you select all the choices that are true or all the choices that are
false (and they may not tell you how many are true or how many are false).
Thank you, that is useful to know!

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Rhino
Dec 11 '07 #3

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rhino wrote:
>>1. Are the exams "closed book"? I am assuming they are but if I can
bring a laptop or PDA with the DB2 manuals to the exam and use that to
answer questions without breaking any rules, I would certainly like to
do that.

Yes, the exams are closed book. Are you kidding me?

Like I said, I _assumed_ that the tests were closed book.

I'd have felt pretty silly if I got to the test center crammed full of
memorized information and then found that I could have brought reference
materials with me. Knowing that reference materials were permitted would
also have changed the nature of my preparations: I wouldn't try to
memorize so much, just know where to find the answers in the materials I
was bringing.
Even if it were allowed, this strategy would be fatal. While it may still
work for the Fundamentals exam - which everyone can pass already with basic
understanding of SQL in general + some stuff on which DB2 product does
what, - you just wouldn't have enough time to look things up for the
Application Developer or Admin exams.

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Knut Stolze
DB2 z/OS Utilities Development
IBM Germany
Dec 11 '07 #4

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"rhino" <No***********************@anonymous.comwrote in message
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Like I said, I _assumed_ that the tests were closed book.

I'd have felt pretty silly if I got to the test center crammed full of
memorized information and then found that I could have brought reference
materials with me. Knowing that reference materials were permitted would
also have changed the nature of my preparations: I wouldn't try to
memorize so much, just know where to find the answers in the materials I
was bringing.
Why would you even need the manuals? Just a few weeks ago you were worried
that you would get a really high score and nobody would know about it other
than that you received a passing score.

If I were you, I would spend the $10 for DBA Administration sample exam. It
is going to be a serious wake-up call for ya.
Dec 12 '07 #5

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On Dec 12, 1:40 am, "Mark A" <nob...@nowhere.comwrote:
"rhino" <No.offline.contact.ple...@anonymous.comwrote in message

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Like I said, I _assumed_ that the tests were closed book.
I'd have felt pretty silly if I got to the test center crammed full of
memorized information and then found that I could have brought reference
materials with me. Knowing that reference materials were permitted would
also have changed the nature of my preparations: I wouldn't try to
memorize so much, just know where to find the answers in the materials I
was bringing.

Why would you even need the manuals? Just a few weeks ago you were worried
that you would get a really high score and nobody would know about it other
than that you received a passing score.

If I were you, I would spend the $10 for DBA Administration sample exam. It
is going to be a serious wake-up call for ya.
:-)

To get a feeling for the kind of questions, OP might also want to look
here:
http://www.db2mag.com/blog/main/arch...ion/index.html
This blog is targeted at DB2 certification and is hosted by Roger
Sanders, writer of quite a few books on DB2 certification and member
of the team responsible for the exams.

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Jeroen
Dec 12 '07 #6

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