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Passed OCP JP 05-DEC-2011

 
A Phatak
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A heartfelt word thanks to fellow ranchers! I have looked for and found resources, advice on studying and, not the least, got answers to all my silly questions without a word of reprimand or condescension! I passed OCP-JP with 86% today and I have am still feeling the euphoria.

A few pointers to all those who want to appear for this exam:
- K&B Certification book is a must. There is nothing on the exam that is outside of this book. All concepts are explained well with a hint of humor. I read the book once, did the questions, found out where I was going wrong, then read it again this time underscoring my weak points. By the end of second time I felt I understood the "why"s of everything well. Do not stop reading till you understand the concepts given here and compliment the K&B book by actually coding.

- While coding I made sure to make notes of compiler rules. I made mental associations (e.g. right-side, runtime (R & R) and left-side, compile-time (L & L) for how the VM will make a choice to run the method in a case like SuperClass s = new SubClass(); s.overridden_method(); ...what happens to private methods, what to static methods, variables, casting, to give you an idea). I know I remember by association, so that helped me. I had a LOT of questions on Auto-Boxing, and which methods get called at runtime vs compile time

- While coding I made sure to note rules for autoboxing on a paper, for last-day exam cram. I got a lot of convoluted questions on the exam on this topic.
- I drew all the diagrams for GCing objects, by creating reference vars and drawing arrows to Objects on heap. Helped me identify the island question on the test
- After reading the K&B book and solving practice questions after each chapter, I moved on to Enthuware. I never got more than 77%
- I also did a lot of questions from Facebook-like-Whizlaps (they have a library of free questions if you like them (OCPJP Success) on facebook)
- A lot of questions from game2.jsp on coderanch (Google it)

I got about 10 questions on Generics and Collections, Sorting and Comparable/Comparator (remember there is no "to" in the comparable interface, so the method is compareTo(Object obj)), and about 6 on Threads, and 4 on command line args/packages/imports, 4 on file/IO

All in all, the exam is certainly not a piece-of-cake; but it is certainly doable if one remains focused. I used full 2+ hrs for review. I am not the one to finish exam early anyway.

Best of luck to all everyone whose exams are coming up...
 
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John Jai
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Congrats and thanks for sharing your experience.
 
Juan Pablo Chaclan
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Cool, congratulations!
 
Walter Ho
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Way to go!!
 
Jean-Francois Alban
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Well done! Thanks much for sharing it with us! It helps!!
 
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Good job! Congratulations!!!
 
sameer takawale
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Congratulation Friend....

I am also preparing for OCP JP/SCJP exam ....
 
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nice one,congrats!
 
Amar Amarendra
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Congratulations Dear!!!
i know about the ocp jp have any changes after oracle take over,please tell me.

 
A Phatak
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I do not know what you mean. This is my first exam, on Java, so if you are asking whether it changed from 310-065, I have no clue. If you are asking me if it is close to EnthuwareMock Exams, I found all exams were similar in toughness factor and format factor to the exam. I don't particularly like exams, so I get jitters even for a driving exams.

Amar Amarendra wrote:Congratulations Dear!!!
i know about the ocp jp have any changes after oracle take over,please tell me.

 
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Congratulations!
I also have a question, the practice given in K&B book doesn't tell you how many options are correct in each question.
But in mock tests I found on line normally tell you how many options you should choose. How it looks like in real exam?

Thanks
 
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congrats A Phatak!! what's next?

I'm on the last chapter of K&B and i plan to read the book one more time then do the questions on the cd that came with the book, also the mock questions on the website you posted to identify my weak points.
 
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What does the second 'L' stand for?
 
Tariq Kamardeen
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@phatak

Congrats dude

I am also preparing for OCP-JP 6. As per most of the suggestions and yours I planned to take mock test using Enthuware.

How much does it costs to take test? And what are the steps to take test. I have no idea what to do. Help me!

I wanna know whom should I approach to take test.

Thanks in advance.
 
A Phatak
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O. Ziggy wrote:

What does the second 'L' stand for?


L = Left

so say you have a something like


Now run this code under several scenarios


This is not meant to confuse you, just simply stating my way of remembering things....
 
A Phatak
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Buy the K&B book first [People also recommend Programmer's guide to SCJP by Khalid Mughal]
Read thru' the book; I found, on avg it takes 3 hrs to finish each chapter, give or take, with complete concentration. Generics & Collections chapter needs to be split into 2 or 3 parts.
For me, I did not do any of the exercise questions till I finished my first full reading. Once the book was completed, I did the exercise questions for ch.1, undertstood why I got things wrong, then read ch1 again with complete concentration. This time, while reading, I found out that everything I got wrong is completely explained in the book at some point or the other, I had just missed it on my first pass. During the 2nd reading, note oddities, rules, and make sure you code these small programs in as many different ways as you can. Each time, make note of the output and jot down the rules the compiler is following.


After the second reading get a mock test package like Enthuware or Whizlabs. Also "like" OCP JP Success" on facebook.

DO as many Exam type questions as you can. By about 2 months of doing this, you will feel confident that you can pass the exam. You'll know it when you are ready!
Best of luck

Tariq Kamardeen wrote:@phatak

Congrats dude

I am also preparing for OCP-JP 6. As per most of the suggestions and yours I planned to take mock test using Enthuware.

How much does it costs to take test? And what are the steps to take test. I have no idea what to do. Help me!

I wanna know whom should I approach to take test.

Thanks in advance.
 
A Phatak
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I want to finish OCP WCD and OCP WS (not too keen on EJBs)


fadi aboona wrote:congrats A Phatak!! what's next?

I'm on the last chapter of K&B and i plan to read the book one more time then do the questions on the cd that came with the book, also the mock questions on the website you posted to identify my weak points.
 
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congoooo...........
 
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Congratulations Phatak
 
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