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Passed the OCA Programmer I exam - things that helped.

 
Iarla O'Riada
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Hi folks,

I passed the exam with 83% and just wanted to add some info that I found helpful.

First, I want to share praise for Mala Gupta's OCA Programmer I exam certification book. Most of the advice online recommended using two books and enthuware software. Although I bought the enthuware package and used it once, I in fact only used Mala Gupta's book and some google/stack overflow searches.

I set up an Eclipse (but I'm changing to NetBeans) project for each chapter and created a class that had examples of code and a lot of comments in bullet points at the top. These were drawn from the book but eventually became my main study aid after going through the book three times. As I found errors in my interpretations or learned new info, I updated these notes and they became ingrained in my memory.

I did the end of chapter exam questions every few days and classified the errors I made. I learned how easy it is to forget over time and how important it is to repeat questions I was solid in previously. Surprisingly, the greatest mistake was misreading the question or code because I was going too fast. Also, the 'negative' questions (eg, which of the following questions are _incorrect_) caught me out a lot so I used a tip that Mala Gupta posted in the forums and crossed my fingers for these questions as a reminder to reverse my logic while reading the options to answer with.

I transferred the errata that's maintained for the book into the chapters so I knew I had the right information. I kept an eye on this from time-to-time. I also found an error and notified the author and updated my own text. Finding an error in a book can be very time consuming, but I remember the topic well as a result. In a book with a lot of errors this would be an issue, but I only found one that wasn't in the errata.

My greatest difficulty was that this was not a good time to be studying for an exam due to external factors and personal matters that needed attention. I would encourage you to pace yourself according to what exam dates are available in your test center too. Taking a few weeks off study made me very rusty and made re-reading a requirement.

In the exam itself, the first question had what I thought was an error and I spent time doubting myself. I noticed my confidence dropping so I marked it for later and moved on. I encourage you to not get stuck on questions as time may be precious.

Kind regards,
Iarla
 
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Hey Iarla,

Thanks for the information. My exam is in a week and I'm really scared. Did you try Enthuware and what scores did you get?, I'm not doing great in Enthuware exams although I need to do three more tests. Is the mock exam and the questions at the end of the chapters are sufficient in Mala Gupta's book?? Please let me know.

Thanks again,
Aakash
 
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Congrats for passing exam

 
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Congratulations!!
 
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Iarla,

Congratulations on passing this exam.
Thanks for sharing your exam preparation experience and tips with the fellow ranchers. I appreciate it.

Wish you Good Luck.

With respect,
Mala
 
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Hi Aakash,

I did one exam on enthware and got forty-something percent. That was about two months before the exam. But I didn't use it since because I wasn't sure of it and it was causing more uncertainty for me.

The first thing to remember is that you may be able to cancel the exam within 24 hours. Check the policy of the group you booked through.

I was getting 10/10 in the chapter questions eventually and I just passed the mock in the back of the book the night before.

The day of the exam I used the PDF version of mala Guptas book and searched for "Exam Tip" and read all of those. It was very helpful.


Thanks to everyone for the congratulations!
 
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Thanks Iarla and Congrats again
 
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Iarla O'Riada wrote:Hi folks,

I passed the exam with 83% and just wanted to add some info that I found helpful.

First, I want to share praise for Mala Gupta's OCA Programmer I exam certification book. Most of the advice online recommended using two books and enthuware software. Although I bought the enthuware package and used it once, I in fact only used Mala Gupta's book and some google/stack overflow searches.

I set up an Eclipse (but I'm changing to NetBeans) project for each chapter and created a class that had examples of code and a lot of comments in bullet points at the top. These were drawn from the book but eventually became my main study aid after going through the book three times. As I found errors in my interpretations or learned new info, I updated these notes and they became ingrained in my memory.

I did the end of chapter exam questions every few days and classified the errors I made. I learned how easy it is to forget over time and how important it is to repeat questions I was solid in previously. Surprisingly, the greatest mistake was misreading the question or code because I was going too fast. Also, the 'negative' questions (eg, which of the following questions are _incorrect_) caught me out a lot so I used a tip that Mala Gupta posted in the forums and crossed my fingers for these questions as a reminder to reverse my logic while reading the options to answer with.

I transferred the errata that's maintained for the book into the chapters so I knew I had the right information. I kept an eye on this from time-to-time. I also found an error and notified the author and updated my own text. Finding an error in a book can be very time consuming, but I remember the topic well as a result. In a book with a lot of errors this would be an issue, but I only found one that wasn't in the errata.

My greatest difficulty was that this was not a good time to be studying for an exam due to external factors and personal matters that needed attention. I would encourage you to pace yourself according to what exam dates are available in your test center too. Taking a few weeks off study made me very rusty and made re-reading a requirement.

In the exam itself, the first question had what I thought was an error and I spent time doubting myself. I noticed my confidence dropping so I marked it for later and moved on. I encourage you to not get stuck on questions as time may be precious.

Kind regards,
Iarla


Dear Iarla,

This is awesome to read. Thank-you for sharing your exam study routine. I am going to try and take the test soon. I have been re-reading the Gupta OCAJP7 book and re-taking the Enthuware exams as well as going over all problems; including those I missed and answered correctly.

I hope I can pass the first time.

Again, please let me say great post and congratulations on your well earned java cert.

Respectfully,

Ted
 
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