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Kenny Reid
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Hi there,

Was wondering if anyone who has taken the exam recently could answer a few points.

On this page http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=303&p_certName=SQ1Z0_803 there are some sample exam questions. There's also a statement saying

"Sample questions are provided solely to familiarize candidates with the multiple-choice format and writing style of questions that will be found on the exam. Sample questions may not cover the full spectrum of difficulty that is covered by the exam questions. Success on the sample questions does not predict success on the exam.."

Just wondering how to interpret that - does it mean "these questions are much easier than you should expect", or does it mean "some questions in the exam are much harder, but some questions are also much easier"?

Are there any "you either know it or you dont questions (eg default access is stricter than protected access - true or false)" - or do they all involve looking at some code and trying to work something out?

Finally, are there any questions regarding inner classes? The book I'm using does not mention them, however there are questions about them in Whizlabs.

Many thanks!

 
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Kenny,
Welcome to CodeRanch!

Kenny Reid wrote:Just wondering how to interpret that - does it mean "these questions are much easier than you should expect", or does it mean "some questions in the exam are much harder, but some questions are also much easier"?

That statement means Oracle has a lot of lawyers and is covering themselves. Don't read into it. It also means that Oracle can change the exam at any time and they might not update the sample questions.

Kenny Reid wrote:Finally, are there any questions regarding inner classes? The book I'm using does not mention them, however there are questions about them in Whizlabs.

No. Inner classes are on the OCP, not the OCA. For version 6 of the exam, there was only one exam not two. When content providers split their materials between the two for version 7, some things slipped through.

Kenny Reid wrote:Are there any "you either know it or you dont questions (eg default access is stricter than protected access - true or false)" - or do they all involve looking at some code and trying to work something out?

Yes. There are some statement questions. But if I show you code, you still have to know the same facts regardless. They are just harder because you have to figure out what things you need to know. So I'm not sure how the answer to this question actually helps. You don't have to memorize obscure facts. But the types of access aren't obscure.
 
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Kenny Reid wrote:Just wondering how to interpret that - does it mean "these questions are much easier than you should expect", or does it mean "some questions in the exam are much harder, but some questions are also much easier"?

Agreeing with Jeanne. It's all about covering themselves, so you can't sue them because you failed on the actual exam but got a perfect score on the sample questions. If you attend presentation of someone from Oracle they always have a legal notice as 2nd slide for the same reason

Kenny Reid wrote:Are there any "you either know it or you dont questions (eg default access is stricter than protected access - true or false)" - or do they all involve looking at some code and trying to work something out?

There will be questions on the exam where no code evaluation is needed, e.g. "Mark all methods of the String class".
 
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