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Oracle Java 7 — 1Z0-803 exam format

 
jackie smith-jones
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hi,

I'm writing 1Z0-803 -- "Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer" in a few days.

This will be the first Oracle certification that i'll be writing ever, and have very little on the exam format. All i know is that it's a multiple choice exam, will be 70 Qs in 120 mins, and some of the questions are non-scored.

i'm looking to find out about the following on this exam:

•Do the wrong answers cancel the right ones? Eg. is there such a thing like "every 4 incorrect answer cancel 1 correct answer"?
•How many non-scored Qs will there be in the exam?
•Do i have to answer all the Qs? Can i not pass a question without answering it?
•Do all the Qs have the same weight? (i think they do-- still wondering)
•Is there a break during the 2-hr exam? Is there a way that I can take a break during the exam?
•Can i use pen&paper in the exam? // I guess not(?)
•Can i take water/snacks to the exam? // I guess not(?)

Any help will be appreciated

TIA

 
Chris Barrett
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Hi Jackie,

Welcome to the Ranch! There is a forum group specifically dedicated to the OCAJP exam that you should check out. I imagine a Bartender or Sheriff will move this thread there shortly.

At the very least, make sure you check out the following sticky threads from that forum:
List of suggested study materials
Recent exam taker experiences should also answer your questions (and more)
This thread also documents many experiences
Finally, I wrote on Friday and documented my experiences here.

Just in case one your questions is not answered in the resources I've listed, I've answered your specific questions in the order presented:
  • Do the wrong answers cancel the right ones? Eg. is there such a thing like "every 4 incorrect answer cancel 1 correct answer"?
  • - No. You need 63% to pass. In theory, that means 45 out of 70 need to be correct. You won't know which ones you got correct, or which were marked. All you will see is the percentage you achieved and a list of scenarios you did not get correct and need to study more.
  • How many non-scored Qs will there be in the exam?
  • - No one knows except Oracle. That's a secret. The question pool is big, meaning everyone basically has a unique test. So, the number of non-scored Qs will be different for everyone.
  • Do i have to answer all the Qs? Can i not pass a question without answering it?
  • You can skip back and forth through the test. You can also mark questions for "Review" and view any questions you did not answer before submitting.
  • Do all the Qs have the same weight? (i think they do-- still wondering)
  • - Yes, they all have the same weight. That said, some will be "Choose the best answer", others will be "Choose the best 3 answers", etc... However, each question of the 70 is weighted the same as far as I know.
  • Is there a break during the 2-hr exam? Is there a way that I can take a break during the exam?
  • - I imagine no one is going to make you pee your pants, but the general consensus is "no". If they did allow you to take a break, the clock won't stop ticking if you go to the washroom, etc...
  • Can i use pen&paper in the exam? // I guess not(?)
  • - That seems to be exam center specific. Most now use a whiteboard, or some sort of erasable surface. The exam center will provide the materials.
  • Can i take water/snacks to the exam? // I guess not(?)
  • - Again, the general consensus is "no". During my test, gum was also banned. Everything had to be placed in a secure locker, including wallet, keys, cellphone, etc...

    If you haven't yet done so, I encourage you to check out the Enthuware practice tests. The format is very similar to the real thing.

    Cheers!
    Chris
     
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