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OCAJP7 passed: experience and tips

 
Manish Vermaa
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Yesterday, I passed the OCAJP7 exam scoring 86%. Just wanted to share my experience and tips hoping someone might find these helpful.

Study material: I started with K&B as I was thinking of initially taking the OCPJP6 exam. But decided to go the OCAJP7->OCPJP7 route. I picked up a copy of Mala Gupta (http://www.amazon.co.uk/OCA-Java-Programmer-Certification-Guide/dp/1617291048). An excellent and a very focused book for anyone who wants to take the OCA exam.

Making notes: I made extensive notes from Mala Gupta using MS Word in a combination of my own words and picking up lines directly from the book. I cross-referenced my notes with the page numbers in the book. This helped me a lot to reinforce the concepts and pick up the most juicy bits from the chapters.

Mock exams and practise tests: I ordered ePractise package from Oracle for the same test. It gives you around 300 questions to play with. Though I didnt exactly see any actual exam questions from this pool.
I was planning to go through other free and paid websites for mock exams/questions/dumps. However, in the end, I didn't had much time left, so couldn't go through any other resources.

Exam: The exam itself is not an easy one. Given the high minimum pass percentage (77%). I was very determined to manage my time during the exam. After every 10 questions, I would check my average speed of answering questions and see if I'm going according to the time or am I taking too long to answer. A trick, I picked up when I took the GMAT. In the end, I finished the exam with 30 minutes still on the clock. I made a mistake of not marking any questions for review thinking that I wont have any spare time to go through the questions later on. The exam interface doesnt allow you to jump to a particular question UNLESS you have marked it for a review later. Otherwise, you can only go sequentially. That hurt me a little in the end. As I had time and rather than going through the questions sequentially, I wanted to go to questions I thought could use a second look. So, consider marking difficult questions for review.

Also, I thought that there were a lot of tricky questions too. Questions that might seem simple or easy but are designed to fool you.

I am going to take the OCPJP7 in Jan14.

Good luck guys.

 
Roel De Nijs
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Congratulations! Great achievement

Manish VermaMscFin wrote:Questions that might seem simple or easy but are designed to fool you.

Yeah, the exam question developers like that sort of questions Mostly I use my own rule of thumb: when the question looks too easy, they try to fool me and that's when I'm even more careful when answering.
 
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Congratulations! Thanks for sharing the your experience and tips.
 
Jhonson Fernando
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Congratulations ! Thanks for your brief message about exam tips.
 
Paul Anilprem
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Congratulations on passing!
 
Stal Alexandr
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Congratulations, Manish.

Do you think it is possible prepere for OCPJP7 per month? I've passed OCA at Jan and I hope pass OCP at Mar or April.
 
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