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Anshdeep Singh
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I am giving the enthuware mock tests but the scores are not as good as expected. I have given 2 tests including the starter test but not able to pass any of them(like i am stuck at 56%, 58%).

What can i do to increase my scores in the remaining tests? What is the minimum percentage required in the mock tests so that i can successfully pass the main exam? and is the percentage written on the certificate that we will get after passing the exam?

My final question is when i finish all my enthuware tests...should i try to reattempt them if i am not able to get good scores because then i won't have any mock tests to take?
 
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I have used enthuware tests in the past and I can't remember if it shows any statistics after each of the test. I'm pretty sure though that it does. Have a look at the topics that you did not score well, read the basics again, reattempt. This is the only way to improve. This is applicable not just for the sake of being certified rather also makes you better in the language fundamentals.
 
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After 1 test you must read whole topic where you under 80%. If it would be all topic read all from less to hight percentage. don`t go to next test. and reread all answers my by some of them was accident
use different book in my preparation i use:
1. http://www.manning.com/gupta/ (my basic book)
2. https://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/extra/certification/javase-7-programmer1.html (this has little information use it as additional material)
3. http://www.amazon.com/Programmer-Study-1Z0-803-1Z0-804-Certification/dp/0071772006 (this was my second book)
4. https://docs.oracle.com/javase/specs/jls/se7/html/ (this i read after 2-d test, you can conspectus if topic in exam - i did), and after this book i think good be read full basic book (because some basic you will forget (but some strong question you will do)
5. Find and install AnkiDroid (or same) and add to it flash cards: method (is or no) in String, StringBuilder, ArrayList. Add separate what method what do (String, StringBuilder, ArrayList).
6. Conspectus all mistakes in test - what concept is was? Overlooking - conspectus where you must look, lack of knowledge - learn and conspectus concepts.
7. Before every next attempt read two minute drill from both book and conspectus .
and good luck!

ps. My result enthuware: (in all test i read chapter where i was more mistake)
starter - i dont remember because i made it in paper - just fallen.
1. (version of test 90 quesiton) - 11.06.2014 - 74% - before this i read http://www.manning.com/gupta/ and https://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/extra/certification/javase-7-programmer1.html
2. (version of test 90 quesiton) - 05.08.2014 - 89% - before this i read http://www.amazon.com/Programmer-Study-1Z0-803-1Z0-804-Certification/dp/0071772006 (version for 6 java)
3. (version of test 70 quesiton) - 15.09.2014 - 84% - before this i read https://docs.oracle.com/javase/specs/jls/se7/html/
4. (version of test 70 quesiton) - 30.09.2014 - 93% - before this i read http://www.manning.com/gupta/
5. (version of test 70 quesiton) - 12.10.2014 - 87% - before this i read only chapter where i made mistakes
6. (version of test 70 quesiton) - 21.10.2014 - 96% - before this i read only chapter where i made mistakes
last day test (version of test 70 quesiton) - 10.11.2014 - 87% - before this i read before this i read http://www.amazon.com/Programmer-Study-1Z0-803-1Z0-804-Certification/dp/0071772006

next week i will go to actual exam - before it i reread http://www.manning.com/gupta/ and conspectus. and make Enthuware Leitner mode
my main fear is because in mock test exam lot of mistakes was in basic because overlooking.
 
Sergej Smoljanov
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and one little advice: when you read book think about question: how can i be tricked by this code?
little exaple:

key here is ArrayList api where return type is void.
public void add(int index, E element)
and if you have some doubt try play with code, if it no disappeared write co this forum.
and if you use NetBeans (and must not use it or other IDE) press <Ctrl> +<F11> and read log before run- if some compilation issue you will see message, or use javac/java - recommended way

also read this forum Certification Results (find people who pass OCA actual exam and leave some advise.
and especially this topic
 
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Anshdeep Singh wrote:What can i do to increase my scores in the remaining tests?

You should first try to pinpoint the reasons why your scores are bad. Is it because you ran out of time? You miss a good solid understanding of some important concepts of the java language (e.g. overloading, overriding, polymorphism,...)? You often fail to spot compiler errors? You always fail (or barely pass) in some sections (e.g. operators, Strings, access modifiers,...)? Once you know the reasons, you can start improving them. If you lack for example knowledge, you can buy an (extra) study guide to help you and you can create little code snippets (using a text editor, javac and java) to experiment with code. As you'll see if you read topics in this forum, experimenting with code snippets yourself is highly encouraged.
One important thing to remember: preparing for the OCAJP7 exam (or any other certification exam) is not a 100 meter sprint, it's more a full marathon. Take your time, don't rush. It's all about becoming a better java developer, not about that piece of paper. And when you thoroughly prepare yourself, you'll be a better java developer with a certificate. So you'll kill 2 birds with just 1 stone!

Anshdeep Singh wrote:What is the minimum percentage required in the mock tests so that i can successfully pass the main exam?

I would say if you score 80% on the Enthuware mock exams, you'll definitely pass the actual exam.

Anshdeep Singh wrote:and is the percentage written on the certificate that we will get after passing the exam?

No! It makes no difference if you pass with 70% or with 95%. In both cases you'll be an OCAJP7 certified developer. But of course, when your colleagues/friends ask about your percentage, 95% sounds much better than 70%. And 95% also looks better on our OcajpWallOfFame

Anshdeep Singh wrote:My final question is when i finish all my enthuware tests...should i try to reattempt them if i am not able to get good scores because then i won't have any mock tests to take?

Now you have taken 2 mock exams and you failed twice. So there's no benefit at all to take other mock exams at this point. Now you first have to pinpoint the reasons why you failed and study hard to improve your weak points. When you have studied for another 2-3 (or maybe 4) weeks, you can try the next mock exam. Depending on that score, you can take the other mock exams or you should go back to study and improve your weaker points for a few weeks before taking the next mock exam.
Have a look at the schedule posted by Sergej Smoljanov about his Enthuware results. That's really a textbook example! It matches exactly what I just said and that's how you prepare for a certification exam. In the beginning he took the next test after studying for almost 2 months (and improved drastically, +15%). That's what I meant with preparing for a certification exam is not a sprint, but a marathon.


Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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Sergej Smoljanov wrote:ps. My result enthuware: (in all test i read chapter where i was more mistake)

This little overview is really helpful for other ranchers, especially the dates when you took each Enthuware mock test. It clearly demonstrates you must study and improve your knowledge (or weaker points) before you take the next test, otherwise scores probably will not really improve. Have a cow!
 
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Thank you so much Sergej Smoljanov and Roel De Nijs...Hope you will see my name in the OcajpWallOfFame soon.
 
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Anshdeep Singh wrote:I am giving the enthuware mock tests but the scores are not as good as expected. I have given 2 tests including the starter test but not able to pass any of them(like i am stuck at 56%, 58%).


The first thing is to understand what you missed on the first two tests. Lack of understanding generally, or of a certain aspect (objective). Enthuware gives you a score breakdown by objective. Or was test-taking a problem? I don't read the questons carefully enough sometimes and almost always when I go back over the missed questions I think to myself I knew that, why did I answer it wrong. That is not reading carefully enough. Use the missed questions as a study guide. The questions you got right, try to understand why.

Don't go on to more tests in the series until you understand what went wrong with the first two and have addressed that. Because if you do, you will waste the series. You are supposed to do better on each test by understanding what went wrong in the previous.
 
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Another great thread that tells me to slow down and take stock of where I am. I really wanted this test to be taken and passed in December, but I am still sketchy on some topics. It is like a monkey on my back and I can't wait to pass this thing with a good score. Hopefully not much longer to wait. But it is hard to be a full time employee, full time dad, and fulfill all my other obligations and then try to study this language on my own. I think the stubbornness will pay off, but I can't believe how much effort this takes. Hats off to all who have studied and passed and to all of you that leave such good posts about your experience. Without this thread I would have given up months ago.
 
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Blake Edward wrote:Without this thread I would have given up months ago.

This website is not only to eliminate any doubts or answer some questions, but also to encourage you when it comes (a bit) more difficult. We all have gone through some hard/difficult times, so we know how you feel.

Blake Edward wrote:I think the stubbornness will pay off, but I can't believe how much effort this takes.

Don't give up! Keep persisting! You'll get a tremendous feeling in the end, when you finally passed the OCAJP7 exam. It will make all the effort more than worth it!
 
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I am facing the same problems as Anshdeep. I have got around 58% in 2 tests of Enthuware. I have only Mala gupta's book with me, and booked by exam on 9th of January 2015. After the poor performance in 2 tests currently reading malagupta's book for second time.

Now Do I have to buy
. http://www.amazon.com/Programmer-Study-1Z0-803-1Z0-804-Certification/dp/0071772006 book at this stage? Will it help me? Am I be able to finish it in this short time. Not sure of these questions.

. Will I need more time for preparation? Do I need to postpone my exam date? Will it going to cost me any extra pay dont know about these things

. Is there any other mock exam software that I can try?

. Lastly dint get @Sergej Smoljanov's 5th point, i.e. "Find and install AnkiDroid (or same) and add to it flash cards: method (is or no) in String, StringBuilder, ArrayList. Add separate what method what do (String, StringBuilder, ArrayList). "
 
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. Lastly dint get @Sergej Smoljanov's 5th point, i.e. "Find and install AnkiDroid (or same) and add to it flash cards: method (is or no) in String, StringBuilder, ArrayList. Add separate what method what do (String, StringBuilder, ArrayList). "

i mean use flash cart, you can make it from carton - one side you write name of method back side what it do and what is return type.
example:
trim()
-----------
Returns a copy of the string, with leading and trailing whitespace omitted.

and one more variant one side method name - other side what class it has what no

example:
trim()
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String - yes
StringBuilder, ArrayList - no

program only help use it in electronic variant. there is many same programs.
http://www.amazon.com/Programmer-Study-1Z0-803-1Z0-804-Certification/dp/0071772006 this is good book updated to java 7 - i think it will help, also read chapter about wrappers in exam i have questions which touch it.

i think if you can you should reschedule exam later
 
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Prathima gaitonde wrote:I have got around 58% in 2 tests of Enthuware.

That's not enough to pass the exam! So you need to study a bit harder. Maybe spend more time and write much more code snippets using a text editor and javac/java. Don't forget: practice makes perfect!

Prathima gaitonde wrote:Now Do I have to buy http://www.amazon.com/Programmer-Study-1Z0-803-1Z0-804-Certification/dp/0071772006 book at this stage? Will it help me?

Another book/resource can help you understand concepts in a better way. You'll also get another bunch of mock questions and exams to practice. So it might help you! And if you want to take on the OCPJP7 exam later on, you'll need to buy that book anyway. It's considered to be the best book out there.

Prathima gaitonde wrote:Am I be able to finish it in this short time.

No! You have to take your time to decently prepare yourself. Don't rush yourself into taking the exam. Only take the exam when you feeling confident (e.g. a score of 80% or more on Enthuware mock exams would guarantee passing the exam). Don't forget: haste makes waste!

Prathima gaitonde wrote:Will I need more time for preparation? Do I need to postpone my exam date? Will it going to cost me any extra pay dont know about these things

Yes! You should definitely postpone your exam with at least a month. You can reschedule your exam for free. According to the Reschedule Policy of the Oracle Certification Program Policies there's just 1 restriction: you must reschedule at least 1 business day prior to your exam appointment.

Prathima gaitonde wrote:Is there any other mock exam software that I can try?

You could try WhizLabs as well and maybe the OcajpFaq mentions some other useful resources. But Enthuware is considered to be the best mock exam software.


Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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Thanks @Roel De Nijs, It gave clear cut explanations for my doubts.
 
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