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Passed OCAJP with 91%

 
Naveen Akarapu
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Took the test last Monday. Wanted to share my prep as thanks for all the advice I got from this forum.

I did some Java programming at work this year, for a couple of months. I read a Core Java book to learn the language concepts.

Then for the test, I went through Mala Gupta's book. The book should probably not be the first book you read on Java, which should be a book that intends to teach Java. However Gupta's book does what it promises to - prepares for the test. It has details that are very useful for the test. I especially liked the part on Strings and Arrays, that regular books don't cover in as much detail.

I took 5 Enthuware standard tests. Didn't have time to take the 6th and the last day test. The strategy was basically test-learn-repeat. While taking the tests I marked the questions where I felt doubtful answering, or needed strengthening of the concepts. After the test I checked not only those where I got wrong, but also these marked ones. Looking at the right answers like some suggested is also good because you can reinforce the approach you took to answer them correctly. But for me there was not enough time to go through all 70 every time. So by marking I could go through some interesting ones.

In the 5 tests, I got scores in 70s (74,78,71) with no particular pattern and one in 80; the 80 being the last one(#5). But these scores were without the time limits. When factoring the time, they were in 60s and the last one in 70, because I was able to answer only around 60 questions with 65 being the max. So going in, there was a little risk. I knew the stuff, but was taking too long.

Luckily, enthuware tests were a little harder than the real one. And I wouldn't change this. It prepares you better - like they say - prepare for the worst. The questions in the real test were very similar in pattern to those in Enthuware. I did get one question with a badly indented program, and a semi colon immediately after the loop statement, and we were supposed to catch the syntax error. Felt like a cheap trick, but definitely possible in real world, where you spend hours debugging just to realize that the loop was not even entered.

Managing time

* Suggestions from people here to look at the options before going through the program helped in saving some time and effort, especially for the compile error and runtime error options.
* I turned off the timer because it was making me anxious and distracting.
* Even though it's true that we have to be fast enough to answer all the questions, for a slower guy like me, where I am very likely to miss out on some, I had to make sure I leave out the minimum questions. This can be achieved by skipping questions that could take most time. If you are going to run short by say, 10 mins, it's better to miss out on 2 5-minute questions than 5 2-minute questions. But at the same time you don't want to spend too much time going back and forth. So have to strike a balance. For me, I started getting the big looking questions from #35 so I skipped to #50 and solved them. In the end I managed to attempt all but 2 questions.

In general, the need for the test was to be fast but without introducing errors, relaxed but not flippant, attentive but not anxious.

Thanks all for the helpful advice. All the best to those attempting it!

Regards
Naveen



 
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Welcome to Javaranch!

Congratulations on your certification.
 
Jhonson Fernando
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Congratulations Naveen, Good luck for future!
 
arulk pillai
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Congrats and keep up the good work.
 
Jesus Hernandez
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Good score.
 
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