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Brand new OCAJP shares his experience

 
Zhifu Ge
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Hello everyone! I passed OCAJP last Monday, November 17th, with 90%. The score is not insanely high but I guess I can't complain either. Here is my experience, I hope someone will find it useful.

My background:
I enrolled in a two-year computer programing program in a community college this fall. Before that I don't have any programming experience whatsoever. I started to learn java as my first programming language in the beginning of September as it is the language they chose to teach in my only programming course this semester.

Books and Materials:
K&B 7
Enthuware

Enthuware scores:
Starter: 82%
Test 1: 69%
Test 2: 80%
Test 3: 86%
Test 4: 81%
Test 5: 84%

I didn't do Test 6 or the Last Day Test so no scores are available.

Time spent:
16 days.
K&B 7 was delivered to me on November 1st; I took the test on November 17th.

Thoughts on K&B 7
I can't praise this book enough.

The authors have a sense of humor. And the jokes are actually funny. I had a lot of fun just reading the book. Sometimes I forgot that I was preparing for a test.

They are straight to the point, all the time. Every sentence counts. However, be advised that when I say straight to the point, I mean test-preparation-wise. It's the perfect book only for OCAJP/OCPJP candidates. Those who just want to learn Java will do better with other books, Headfirst Java (by the same authors) to name one.

The exercise questions at the end of each chapter and in the CD-ROM are excellent, even the best in my opinion (more on that in a few lines). They are a little bit harder than the real questions, since they never tell you how many correct options to choose, but the objectives they touch are exactly the same with the real test. I recommend doing these questions LAST, as opposed to the common practice of doing them first.

Thoughts on Enthuware
Pros:
Great value: for less than $10 you get more than 500 high quality questions with detailed explanations.

Questions are of ultra high quality. They are tricky, but cleverly tricky; they are tough, but you get to learn something new every time; they are precise, you get to think like a programmer and never be punished for being too technical. In short, the author really knows what he is doing.

Explanations are detailed to the death. Put it like this, if you gather all the explanations together, you get a book. I learned a LOT from those explanations. To make things even better, there is forum dedicated to the questions. And you can go to the thread for a specific question by just 1 click within the software. That is awesome!

Con:
The questions are sometimes too tough. There are topics covered by Enthuware that are highly unlikely be encountered in the test room. Even if you are so out of luck and run into a question like this, you might as well just give up on that one. It's not worth it. You tend to be over prepared if you rely too heavily on Enthuware. Take me fore an example. I did the exercises in K&B first and then use all the rest of the time doing Enthuware tests. On the test day, I was like "this can't be that easy! there is got to be a catch". As it turned out, most of the time, the questions ARE that easy. There are not that many catches. One of the consequences of relying too heavily on Enthuware is the habit of over thinking everything. However, that is not to say you should not use Enthuware. You should, by all means. But remember to do the tests in K&B, before the test day, to make you less paranoid.

On the test day
I don't know everyone else but I am terrible of pacing my time. When I finished the 30th question, I looked at the "clock" and to my horror, 70 mins had passed. So I rushed through all the questions and when I finished, there are 2 mins to spare. That was horrible time control, I really have to work on that. To make things worse, I drank a large coffee just before I entered the test room. In the second half of the test I have to pee so bad but I simply couldn't afford the 2 mins, so I twisted like a knot. It was a nightmare.

My advice:
1) learn to pace your time well before the test day.
2) drink enough, but never too much, unless you have pampers in your pants(that might be a great idea).
 
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Zhifu Ge wrote:The score is not insanely high

I think many people would love to pass with 90%. It's an amazing score! Don't sell yourself short Congratulations, champion with such a great achievement!

Don't forget to add your name to the OcajpWallOfFame.

Zhifu Ge wrote:Here is my experience, I hope someone will find it useful.

Thanks for sharing your experience in such great detail. Many other ranchers will definitely benefit from reading your's. Have a cow!

Zhifu Ge wrote:drink enough, but never too much, unless you have pampers in your pants(that might be a great idea).

Or a stadium pal should work as well

What's next? OCPJP7?

Kind regards,
Roel
 
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Roel De Nijs wrote:
Zhifu Ge wrote:drink enough, but never too much, unless you have pampers in your pants(that might be a great idea).

Or a stadium pal should work as well

What's next? OCPJP7?

Kind regards,
Roel


I can't believe that's a real product.

I have started my journey to OCPJP7 this morning. I plan to take the test before the holidays.

Thanks a lot for the cow.

Cheers

Zhifu
 
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Great result. My congratulations

 
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Sergej Smoljanov wrote:Great result. My congratulations



Thanks pal!
 
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Zhifu Ge wrote:I have started my journey to OCPJP7 this morning. I plan to take the test before the holidays.

Don't underestimate! It will be much harder than OCAJP7...
 
Zhifu Ge
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Roel De Nijs wrote:
Zhifu Ge wrote:I have started my journey to OCPJP7 this morning. I plan to take the test before the holidays.

Don't underestimate! It will be much harder than OCAJP7...


Thank you for the advice. I will do my best to prepare my butt off, and only book the test when I am 100% ready.
 
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Congrats and keep up the good work.
 
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hi Zhifu Ge,

Well done man! congratulations for the great score and good luck for OCPJP exam.

Thanks for sharing your experience.
 
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koilraj abraham wrote:hi Zhifu Ge,

Well done man! congratulations for the great score and good luck for OCPJP exam.

Thanks for sharing your experience.


Thanks a lot!
 
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arulk pillai wrote:Congrats and keep up the good work.


Thanks a lot!
 
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