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Passed OCA Java SE 7 with 80% this morning

 
Thales Minussi
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Hello everyone from CodeRanch. This is my first post and here is the reason why I am posting it: I would like to thank you all for the feedback in regards to OCA Exams and, in retribution, post how I passed, how I studied and how long it took me. Hope you guys enjoy.

I have been a Java Web Developer for nearly a year and a half and always wanted to get Java certifications, so I decided to start by the exam 1Z0-803 which covers the least one needs to know about Java. My first contact with Java was about 3 years ago through Head First: Java. Somehow, I've always loved this programming language and never really wanted to learn something else (this is one of my cons). My dream is still in my mind: I want to be a Java Specialist, so getting this certification was only the beginning.

In order to get certified, I bought Mala Gupta's Book which name is: OCA Java SE 7 - Certification Guide | Prepare for the 1Z0-803 exam. I read the book within two weeks and answered all the chapter questions. I did horrible at the last chapter, Exceptions. Overall, I would say I scored 60% on chapter questions. Afterwards, I decided to do the mock and scored 70% on the first time I did it. Not happy, I started looking through forums (this is how I ended up on CodeRanch) and noticed everyone was talking good things about Enthuware's mocks. So, there it is: I bought Enthuware's mocks too. I will post all my scores and explain how I repeated them without remembering the answers. All the preparation took me 35 days, 2 hours average a day.

Enthuware's mocks on first attempt:

Starter Test: Failed / 58%
Test 1: Failed / 49%
Test 2: Failed / 46%
Test 3: Passed / 63%
Test 4: Passed / 67%
Test 5: Failed / 56%
Test 6: Passed: 63%
Last Day Test: Passed / 67%

So, I started these mocks doing very bad, however, I did not go through the answers and explanations; I wrote down the topics I needed to improve and studied them one by one. Well, that done, time to take the mocks again. My results were much better and I passed in all of them.

Enthuware's mocks on second attempt:

Starter Test: Passed / 75%
Test 1: Passed / 66%
Test 2: Passed / 69%
Test 3: Passed / 79%
Test 4: Blank - I did not repeat this test
Test 5: Passed / 70%
Test 6: Passed / 77%
Last Day Test: Passed / 71%

At this point I was a bit more confident and went through ALL the questions and paid attention to every single explanation. Time to try the third attempt on the mocks, but as I had already seen all the answers, I would unintentionally remember some of them and I did, but not many, though. As I went through over 500 questions, I forgot the answers of many questions but I was confident with the explanations, so I thought I could take the exam again and really solve the questions I had missed on earlier attempts. So, here are the results for my third and last attempt:

Enthuware's mocks on third attempt:

Starter Test: Passed / 85%
Test 1: Blank - I did not repeat this exam
Test 2: Passed / 80%
Test 3: Passed / 79%
Test 5: Blank - I did not repeat this test
Test 6: Blank - I did not repeat this test
Last Day Test: Blank - I did not repeat this test

Results were much better and I was definitely confident. So that was it. I went to the center test and cleared the exam with 80% in 1 hour and 40 minutes.

I hope the information that has been given is useful to someone who is also studying to the 1Z0-803 exam.

Wish you best of luck,

Warmest Regards,

Thales
 
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Hi Thales Minussi,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Congratulations, champion! Passing your 1st certification is always a great achievement! After such tough journey, it's time to relax and have a (or another drink you prefer). Don't forget to add your name to the OcajpWallOfFame.

Thales Minussi wrote:This is my first post

Hopefully still many to come.

Thales Minussi wrote:I wrote down the topics I needed to improve and studied them one by one.

And which study materials did you use for this additional studying? Just the Mala Gupta study guide? Or did you use online tutorials? Another study guide?

Thales Minussi wrote:I hope the information that has been given is useful to someone who is also studying to the 1Z0-803 exam.

Thanks for sharing your experiences in such great detail. Many other ranchers will definitely benefit from this post. Have a cow!

Kind regards,
Roel
 
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Congratulations Thales Minussi!

Thanks for sharing the useful tips.
 
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Welcome to Javaranch!

Congratulations on your certification!
 
Thales Minussi
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Roel De Nijs wrote:Hi Thales Minussi,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Congratulations, champion! Passing your 1st certification is always a great achievement! After such tough journey, it's time to relax and have a (or another drink you prefer). Don't forget to add your name to the OcajpWallOfFame.


Thank you, Roel! It's nice to have a warm welcome. I will update OcajpWallOfFame asap. And sure, I will have a beer, I simply love it. Thanks for the tip ;)

Roel De Nijs wrote:And which study materials did you use for this additional studying? Just the Mala Gupta study guide? Or did you use online tutorials? Another study guide?

In adittion to Mala Gupta's Book, I also used reference books like How to Program Java by Deitel & Deitel 10th Edition (ok, this is not a certification book, but they explain topics in a very detailed way so it surely helped me a lot). I also read Oracle's official docs and all over the web.

Roel De Nijs wrote:Thanks for sharing your experiences in such great detail. Many other ranchers will definitely benefit from this post. Have a cow!

No no, thank you! It's amazing to be part of Code Ranch and get a cow on my first post. I am so glad
 
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Joe Harry wrote:Welcome to Javaranch!

Congratulations on your certification!


Thank you, Joe!
 
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koilraj abraham wrote:Congratulations Thales Minussi!

Thanks for sharing the useful tips.


Thank you Koilraj
 
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Thales Minussi wrote:In adittion to Mala Gupta's Book, I also used reference books like How to Program Java by Deitel & Deitel 10th Edition (ok, this is not a certification book, but they explain topics in a very detailed way so it surely helped me a lot). I also read Oracle's official docs and all over the web.

It doesn't matter if it's not a certification book. You can prepare for the certification using any resource you want. A certification book just makes your work a bit easier because it covers everything you need to know to pass the exam. So you are not wasting your time on topics which are not covered.
 
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