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James Hackney
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Hello. I am studying to take the OCA Java SE7 Associate Certification. I am using the book by Mala Gupta and will be using the Enthuware Quiz bank exams once I get to that point in my studies. I am also considering using the Whizlab Quiz bank exams as well because I noticed that a couple of folks here have used it in their preparations. However, I have some concerns about them. If you Google their reviews, they are pretty negative overall. In their defense though, the majority of these reviews are quite old. Does anyone on the forum have an opinion of their product based upon recent use? Are they worth the money? If not, are there other quiz banks you could recommend?

Thank you for this site. It states that it's a friendly place for programming greenhorns and after reading the forum for a couple of weeks it appears to be true. I've not run across a rude, hostile or passive aggressive answer to a question yet. This is a nice change from Stack Overflow, which, in my experience, is filled with people whose reasons for being there appears to be to stoke their own egos by putting others down for not having the programming knowledge they do. Anyway, I look forward to interacting with everyone here.
 
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Hi James Hackney,

First of all, a warm welcome to the CodeRanch!

James Hackney wrote:and will be using the Enthuware Quiz bank exams once I get to that point in my studies.

Enthuware is considered to be the best mock exam provider out there. It offers excellent value for money! So excellent choice

James Hackney wrote:In their defense though, the majority of these reviews are quite old. Does anyone on the forum have an opinion of their product based upon recent use? Are they worth the money?

WhizLabs still gets bad reviews. And that's probably why reviews on the internet are quite old. Because the lack of quality, people will only use Enthuware and simply ignore WhizLabs. I found a fairly recent (February 2014) comparison of both mock exams providers here.

James Hackney wrote:Thank you for this site. It states that it's a friendly place for programming greenhorns and after reading the forum for a couple of weeks it appears to be true. I've not run across a rude, hostile or passive aggressive answer to a question yet. This is a nice change from Stack Overflow, which, in my experience, is filled with people whose reasons for being there appears to be to stoke their own egos by putting others down for not having the programming knowledge they do. Anyway, I look forward to interacting with everyone here.

Thank you for these very kind words! It's nice to hear that our philosophy is so appreciated. We definitely want to be a community where everyone (regardless of programming knowledge) gets help in a friendly manner.

Hope it helps!
Kinds regards,
Roel
 
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Thank you for the warm welcome.


WhizLabs still gets bad reviews. And that's probably why reviews on the internet are quite old. Because the lack of quality, people will only use Enthuware and simply ignore WhizLabs. I found a fairly recent (February 2014) comparison of both mock exams providers here.

Oops. I somehow completely missed that review. Thank you for the information. I will refrain from purchasing Whizzlab and hope that Enthuware will be enough. I don't just want to pass the test I want to get in the high 90's and the hope was the extra exams would help. I'll make due with Enthuware though.

Once again, thank you for the information.
 
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James Hackney wrote:I don't just want to pass the test I want to get in the high 90's and the hope was the extra exams would help.

Don't forget to create many code snippets using your favourite text editor, javac and java. It will also drastically improve your Java knowledge and you'll spot compiler errors more easily. Happy studying!
 
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Roel De Nijs wrote:Don't forget to create many code snippets using your favourite text editor, javac and java. It will also drastically improve your Java knowledge and you'll spot compiler errors more easily. Happy studying!


Could you please expand on this? Do you mean recreate the code from Mala Gupta's book using a text editor?

In addition to acing two Java university courses, I have completed every end of chapter programming exercise and project in 2 different Java books; Building Java Programs: A Back to Basics Approach by Stuart Reges and Marty Stepp and Java Programming by Joyce Farrell. I feel like I understand the syntax and concepts pretty well, however I used Eclipse, not a text editor. Of course, I will definitely follow your advice.

I have a CIS-related degree with a 3.95 GPA, have taken the same exact programming and database classes as every other CIS student and received an outstanding review from a programming internship but have still been unable to land a software development position due to my age (48). No one wants to hire "an old guy." I need all the help I can get so if creating code snippets will help me get a high score I'll do it. I'm working as a Business Analyst now but would rather be pounding code.
 
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James Hackney wrote:
Roel De Nijs wrote:Don't forget to create many code snippets using your favourite text editor, javac and java. It will also drastically improve your Java knowledge and you'll spot compiler errors more easily. Happy studying!

Could you please expand on this? Do you mean recreate the code from Mala Gupta's book using a text editor?

Sure!

The problem with using an IDE is that it spots the compiler errors for you. But on the actual exam you don't have an IDE and you still have to spot possible compiler errors. Using a text editor will improve your code evaluation time and make compiler error spotting much quicker. Here you can read the experience of a fellow rancher following this advice.

The code snippets from Mala Gupta's book (or any other resource) can be a good starting point. But just recreating all these code snippets is not enough. You have to play and experiment with these code snippets. You don't learn a language by just reading a book or study guide, you need to get your hands dirty So for example, you have a code snippet with a base class and a derived class with some public methods. So you can start with this one and then give a method private, protected or default access. Will the code still compile? And what happens if you move the super (or base) class to another package? Or what if the derived class doesn't extend the base class?
And you can do this for every topic you'll need to know: arrays, overridden methods, overloaded methods, static methods, ArrayList,... And of course, if you are weak on a certain topic, you make more code snippets on that topic. When I prepared for SCJP5 (back in the days) I was weak on threading, so I created a bunch of little programs to improve my knowledge and my score on threading questions improved drastically.

Hope it helps (and makes a little sense )!
Kind regards,
Roel

(Disclaimer: threading is not a topic covered on the OCAJP7 exam)
 
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