David Borchgrevink wrote:As of this morning I've now passed 11 mock exams in a row (Ucertify, Enthuware, Mala Gupta - cycling back and forth so I don't memorize the questions). I'm getting an average score of about 74%-75% with a high of 82.
Blake Edward wrote:About 20 months ago I chose "learning Java" as a goal at work. The way I would prove I had gained some mastery was passing this test. There was lots of pressure applied by my manager and the system we use to pass the test before the end of the calendar year, so I spent 4 months studying, took the test anyway and failed it. I knew I would fail when I walked in. I spent most of my waking hours for four months just studying and making small programs.
I took a month off, I then built some programs that worked, built a location based android app for my phone and then took some time away from it. I just started studying again a few weeks ago. I bought the Sierra/Bates book and have started with that. The first chapter alone is eye-opening. I have many good study materials but this book somehow makes obvious the things I had muddled in my head. I can see a passing grade in the future with more hard work. I think this book, even though it has few diagrams, generates good mental images that I need to succeed. I am an art major who does front end design for a large chip manufacturer here in Oregon, I know I can do this. So you can to. I can say that the dryer Oracle books for the test are good reference material, Enthuware is a nice asset to have as well, and the Bates/Sierra book. I will buy the Gupta book in a few months when I exhaust these others and I have a project in mind for the coding aspect of it all. I also started making charts and graphs that help me visualize the access based on the modifiers used. I'm a visual person and was groping in the dark, but the Sierra/Bates book is really turning on some big lights for me right now.
Blake Edward wrote:I understand also about it not being about the paper. I think this test is a legit challenge to my personal ability to learn and understand a subject that at times seems over my head. Passing this test doesn't make me a "developer" but it does give me confidence and I'll be more willing to go seeking a job with the certificate in hand and a few projects to show. Of all the things I've done lately this is the one that frustrates me the most. In my time away from studying, I knew in the back of my mind that I would have to get back in the ring and get this done. I decided that I would not have a timeline but that I would study six days a week, some hard, some light, until I was ready to pass the exam. I also separated this goal from work because now it's personal. Coming back after all the study time I have put in, well it just seems like it's starting to make some sense. It's funny, I have a Lead Developer title where I work but it's all front end stuff that takes a good eye for design. It's all built in Adobe CQ which has a Java EE6 back end, JSP, LESS and much more than that. That's what I'm really interested in. Anyway, you sound like me now, that it's a personal thing and you know that within the next 12 months you'll write that test and pass it.
David Borchgrevink wrote:Thanks again for the kind response! I'm looking for the book you're talking about, and there are a few different Sierra/Bates Java books. Can you tell me which one you're referring to that was helpful? I didn't even realize they write the Head First series; that's what we're using for JavaEE right now. Looking to buy a PDF asap
David Borchgrevink wrote:I know I'm still a beginner. I've only been programming (and only in Java) since the beginning of February. But my OCA Exam is scheduled for tomorrow, and I feel I'm ready. As of this morning I've now passed 11 mock exams in a row (Ucertify, Enthuware, Mala Gupta Wish me luck!
mark mcpadden wrote:Just to let you know where I messed up the first time was on time management, I had marked a lot of questions for review more than I had thought so left myself with 7-8 minutes to answer the review questions. I also over thought on questions making sure countless times on the answer which just drained my remaining time left.
For the resit I took each question and only marked the ones I really couldn't work out with totalled about 5 questions, I finished the questions with about 30 minutes to spare to have a look back at the answers especially any questions with a compilation fail answer option.
Roel De Nijs wrote:
mark mcpadden wrote:The more wrong answers you can eliminate, the more chance you'll have to "guess" the correct answer.