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Java 7 OCA Programmer 1. Pass but are Oracle massaging the results in favour of the bottom line?

 
neil walker
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Hello,
A colleague (I passed my OCJP 6 last year) has just completed OCA java 7 programmer 1 exam and passed with a score of 68% with a pass mark of 61%

Three weeks ago he failed his exam with a score of 68% (the same) with a pass mark of 77%

Searching I see in 2012 the pass mark is was 75%

Can anyone tell me how one month Oracle can fail somebody and take their money and get them depressed and then the next month congratulate them on passing with exactly the same score, with the same abilities, a lot of the same questions and others of exactly the same level of difficulty?

Is it the case that Oracle are massaging the pass mark based on how many people pass and fail in order to ensure their revenue stream remains the same? I can't think of any other reason and really highlights how much of a mockery Oracle certification is.

Eager for your discussion.

Neil.
 
Roel De Nijs
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Hi Neil,

Oracle has an Exam Scoring Policy which allows them to change passing scores without notice.

I'm definitely unhappy with the recent change in lowering the passing score of OCAJP7 exam. The OCAJP7 certification is all about the basics of the Java programming language (data types, overriding, overloading, control flow,...), so someone should only pass this certification if they prove to have a more than decent knowledge about the true java basics. A passing score of 61% unfortunately doesn't meet that requirement I would opt for a passing score between 75% and 80% (the pass mark of 77% was just fine).

I have no clue why Oracle lowered the passing score. Maybe they noticed a significant increase of people failing (compared with OCPJP6). Or maybe they noticed a huge drop in the number of people taking the OCPJP7 exam (but that's maybe caused by the lack of a book covering all topics for this certification). And that last one also directly influences all other java certifications (OCMJD, OCPJWCD, OCPJBCD,...), because OCPJP7 (or any other Sun/Oracle programmer certification) is the pre-requisite for these certifications.

Kind regards,
Roel
 
Syed Islam
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Is it possible that they changed the difficulty of the questions?

In my last 2 mock exams with Enthuware, I scored 64% and 67%. In the real exam I passed with 78%.
 
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Syed Islam wrote:Is it possible that they changed the difficulty of the questions?

Based on different user experiences I would say they didn't change difficulty.
 
Pavel Karnaukhov
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The price also was changed, now it's $245. Maybe the changing of exam score has a marketing reason?
 
Rafael Bene
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I think that the strategy is make more posibilities to pass the OCA for motivate to take the next certficiation! And Oracle sell two certs!
 
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