Hi, today I passed the OCAJP7 exam with the score of 91%, and I would like to share my experience for those who are preparing for it and for Java coders in general.
I have been Java Developer for almost 5 years, but I think I got that score for the special preparation I took for the exam.
Resources: OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide (Exams 1Z0-803 & 1Z0-804), by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates.
Enthuware Mock Exams.
Oracle docs for String and StringBuilder classes
NetBeans (yes.. a lot of practice coding)
Results: Enthuware Mock Exams:
Starter Test 71%
Test 1 66%
Test 2 76%
Test 3 76%
Test 4 83%
Test 5 89%
Test 6 84%
Last Day Test (Unique) 87%
Oracle Exam 91% ( in 1:50 mins)
About Enthuware, I took every exam as the real exam, and after finish every one, I read carefully all questions (approved and failed) for the questions I had doubts about (even if it were answered right) I coded little programs with different approach of the question, and then took notes of the new stuff I learned in that question. And before take the next mock exam, I read all the notes taken until that moment, and that way I got used with those new concepts I were learning.
About the exam, I was surprised I found several questions I had found in Enthuware mock exams (exactly equal) and others "almost equal", those questions allowed me just go throw them and earn more time for the rest of the exam. I also found very tough questions (10-15 %).
So for those who are preparing for the exam, if you guys read a good book for it, and pass the Enthuware exams, then go ahead.. you shouldn't have problems in the real exam.
Finally I have a question for those who already passed it: For get the printed certificate from Oracle, have I to pass the OCPJ7 too?? or Do I need to just wait for apply (how long should I wait for apply, and where should I apply). Thanks.
Roberto, To get the certificate mailed you need to log into certview http://certview.oracle.com, update your personal info, and request the certificate. I just got mine in the mail. It took about 3 weeks.