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spencer geo
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Hello guys,
I have my java OCA JP 7 exam the day after tomorrow.
I initially had some basic knowledge on java. For preparation, I primarily referred Mala Gupta's guide and
also attempted the 6 enthuware mock tests. The scores of all my mock tests in the order I gave are as follows:

1. Mala Gupta's mock : 74%
2. Enthuware 1st mock: 58% (fail)
3. Enthuware 2nd mock: 69%
4. Enthuware 3rd mock: 66%
5. Enthuware 4th mock: 65%
6. Enthuware 5th mock: 61% (fail, although it had quite some difficult Qs outside exam syllabus)
7. Finegan & Liguori's mock test given in the book: Was able to answer 80%+ of the questions relevant to the exam
8. McGraw-Hill Online mock: 75%
9. Enthuware final day mock: 66%

The difficult of the questions given in Mala Gupta's book were quite okay and manageable. But low enthuware scores and the comments over here on the increased difficulty of the new 70Q test format has freaked me out a bit.
Postponing the test is not an option as I have interviews coming up next week. I am still on the edge after going the right path and actually working for it.
I'm also out of mock tests. So, please advice me on how to go about the final 2 days of preperation.
Tiberius Marius
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I m a fellow candidate for OCA.

First of all do not panic . You don't need more mock exams at this point and you don't have time for full review of all exam topics ( it might even be a mistake to try that with less then a week time available) . My advice is simple , take the Enthuware mocks and do the tests that are chapter only ( i think you have about 50 question per section) , review what you got wrong by reading the section for Mala Gupta's guide that covers the answer( that is if you did not make a mistake because of lack of attention etc) . Even write down what you got wrong (aka the correct knowledge for that section) . Then after reviewing all wrong answers retake that section again(and fast review any other mistakes or things that are not clear) . Try to to this for every section but if you feel you don't have enough time choose just the sections/chapters you feel your not best with . Also very important , take breaks and do something you really like , preferably a group activity !

Other then this have a plan with how to deal with time management at the exam , the easiest thing to do is if you bump into questions your not sure or you don't know the answer set them for review , mark the answer you think has the most chances of being correct and move on . Don't spend more then 3 minutes on a question , no matter what .

Also tell us how it went in a few days any feedback for the rest of us is welcomed .
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