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Passed OCAJP7 with 95%

 
Tony Y Wong
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Hi everyone,

Just passed my OCA exam today. I prepared for a month. I had taken an intro to Java class many years ago, so I first thought I could get by just reading the Java guide at Oracle.com, but when I took the Enthuware practice exams, my scores on the first three were 35%, 50%, and 51%. So I got Mala Gupta's OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I and read it cover to cover. After scoring a 77% on Gupta's mock exam, I retook the first three Enthuware exams, then took the last three Enthuware exams, and got 71%, 73%, 76%.

The test was far easier than Enthuware's tricky questions, and a lot of the hard stuff on Enthuware -- wrappers, inner classes, hashcode, -- I didn't encounter on the exam. But the easy / moderate Enthuware questions were almost spot on as the real questions, so I felt that prepared me really well, to know what the common tricks are that the test throws at you.

Overall, the Gupta book was very comprehensive, and covered exactly what the test's content was on. Her overview of what all the Exceptions were, and what methods Strings/SB and Arrays/AL had made the test a breeze. I was able to skim her end of chapter summary lists the morning before the exam as a refresher. A very worthy buy!
 
Indira debarki
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Hi Tony congratulations.

I am planning to take this test in November. But still I have no clarity which book I should go through. As you said Mala Gupta's book and Enthuware are enough to take this test or did you go through any other sites or books.

And how do I know the objectives of this test.

Can you please advise me. Your information will help me a lot.

Thank You.
Indira Debarki
 
Tony Y Wong
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Hi Indira. Mala's book had enough overview of the topics for me. I think you can find them the Oracle OCA website. The only other reading I did was all the topics discussed here: http://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/extra/certification/javase-7-programmer1.html . I had taken a class on basic Java and OO programming before, many years ago, so this was how I could get away with only reading material designed to prepare me for the exam. If you do not know Java, I would suggest you pick up a Java book and read that first. The book I used in my class was the first 6 chapters of http://www.amazon.com/Java-How-Program-Harvey-Deitel/dp/0132222205/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375899225&sr=1-5 ; but there are probably better books out there for a beginner. Good luck on your studying!
 
Indira debarki
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Thank you Tony and all the best for your future preparation.

 
Mala Gupta
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@Tony,

Congratulations to you. You passed the exam with an impressive score.

@Indira,

If you are a complete beginner in Java or Object Oriented Programming, I advise you to start with a beginner book like 'Thinking in Java' or 'Head First Java'. If you know Java and can write simple programs in it, then you can start with this certification book.

I wish you Good Luck.

With respect,
Mala
 
Paul Anilprem
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Congratulations!!! Glad to know that our s/w was helpful in your preparation.
 
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