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Not doing well on the mock exams - Oracle Certified Associate

 
Syed Islam
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Looking for some advice for a plan of action.

I read K & B's book (only the chapters relevant to this exam) once. As I read through it, I applied what I learnt with some practice code and also did the exercises. I made sure I understood everything and felt like my overall knowledge was good.

Then I bought the Enthuware mock exam questions. I took the "Java Basics" objective wise test. I only got about half the questions right. Some of them I didn't have a clue so I guessed. Yup I am a really bad Java programmer! Some of it was stupid errors I made. Like I forgot that java.lang is the library which is included automatically.

I know for a fact I need to re-read the book again. I just wondered how many times you guys did that?
 
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No one is born Master. Try, try and try is the only way to achieve good marks.
No matter how many times we read, the thing matters to you is read one more time and most important is practically use it, the more you code better you will understand.
Online, you will find more questions on your certification. Try those also!!

-Rajat
 
Syed Islam
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You are right of course. I'm just panicking because it is taking me so long to learn this.
 
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Hi Syed,
Since you mentioned that you've taken Objectivewise test, you may want to see this: http://enthuware.com/index.php/gettingstarted/94-are-the-questions-repeated-if-i-take-a-test-multiple-times

HTH,
Paul.
 
Syed Islam
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Paul Anilprem wrote:Hi Syed,
Since you mentioned that you've taken Objectivewise test, you may want to see this: http://enthuware.com/index.php/gettingstarted/94-are-the-questions-repeated-if-i-take-a-test-multiple-times

HTH,
Paul.

Yeah I had a feeling that some questions would get repeated. I think these exams need to come with the memory eraser from men in black.

My original plan was to do an objective wise test per chapter. Now I might just read the whole book again and then go straight to the mock exams
 
Syed Islam
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Sorry moderator, I think this should go in the OCAJP 7 sub forum.
 
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Hi Syed,

I would suggest to write as much code as possible. If you feel that exercises at end of chapters are difficult, then don't rush for mock exam.

The more code you write, the more things you'll understand (instead of memorizing the stuff), and once you understand the concepts, you'll be in better shape for the exam.

After this, you can go for mock exam - to practice exam techniques (e.g. sometimes, you'll face questions with complex thread and/or generics logic, but the real issue might be a compile time error etc.).

I hope this helps.

All the Best!
 
Syed Islam
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The more code you write, the more things you'll understand (instead of memorizing the stuff), and once you understand the concepts, you'll be in better shape for the exam.

Thanks you, yes this seems to help.

So since yesterday I've been going through K & B's book again but at a faster rate.

Plan of action:
- Last time I coded the examples in the book. This time I've spent a bit more time with the coding and trying things that don't work.
- Make a note of things that I failed to remember first time round. For example I forgot that enum has a static method called values().
 
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Don't worry about that Syed, the important thing is that you should visit each question and look into the explanations. It's very helpful, also there's a discuss tab at the bottom. Use it if you don't understand the explanation.
 
Syed Islam
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Well I'm doing a lot better now...

My results on Enthuware over the last 3 days are:
Mock1 - 52%
Mock2 - 53%
Mock3 - 62%
Mock4 - 68%

I'm quite happy with the progress. I'd like to get in the 90% region but don't have the luxury of time. I want to get on to the OCPJP exams!
 
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Be careful not to take mock exams to frequently! Otherwise results might be misleading, because you answered them correctly thanks to memorization instead of actual knowledge.
 
Syed Islam
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Roel De Nijs wrote:Be careful not to take mock exams to frequently! Otherwise results might be misleading, because you answered them correctly thanks to memorization instead of actual knowledge.

No they are all different questions. I haven't repeated any mock papers yet.
 
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