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My OCAJP 8 (1Z0-808) Experience (Passed with 91%)

 
Alvin Christian Opano
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Hi Everyone,

I just took the Oracle Certification Exam 1Z0-808 (Java SE8 Programmer I) and passed with a score of 91%.

I wanted to share which resources I used and how I prepared for the exam.

Like any other full time employee trying to study for certification, I had to study in a few non-work hours each day and try to be as efficient as possible. My preparation time took around 5 weeks.

I read (thorough reading) two good books:

1. OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE8 Programmer I by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff
2. Java: The Complete Reference 9th Edition by Herbert Schildt

These boooks really helped me in my preparation. I started with the diagnostic exam from the first book. I barely got 44% and this was a good eye-opener because it made me focus mroe knowing that I ahve a lot of learning to catch up. I read the first book and answered each exercises after each chapter. After I finished with the first book, I started reading the second book focusing on the exam topics.

Then, I started practicing with

Enthuware tests for OCA-JP-I-SE8 (JA + I V8)

This is a really good purcahse for just $10. The questions are really tough and challenging but that forced me to study and pay more attention. I ended up skimming the JLS because of some really tough questions in the Enthuware mock exams. :p

I took the Standard Tests, reviewing answers after each and taking teh next test at least a day after. After I finished all the standard tests, I gave the Leitner Mode a try. There is an otpion to exlcude question from the last day test so this is awesome.

I basically worked with the Leitner mode during my last week of preparation and tried to move all questions to at least Level 1. The secret I think to getting much from this mode is not to memorize the answers, but instead, train your mind to get used to the questions (the forms and tricks). Each time I see teh ahrd questions, I did not try to recall the ocrrect answer. I tried to remember what I missed the previous try and then re-analyze the question again. Re-simulating codes if I ahve to. I think that helped me a lot too.

I took the Last Day Test teh other day (two days prior to actual exam date) because I don't want to study the day before the exam. I just tried to relax and let them all sink in.

Here are my Enthuware Scores:

Foundation Test - 65%
Test # 1 - 65%
Test # 2 - 74%
Test # 3 - 69%
Test # 4 - 68%
Test # 5 - 66%
Test # 6 - 82%
Last Day Test - 84%

I wish to thank all the authors of the resources I used for the exam, for such great pieces of work. Kudos to you all.

One tip I can give to aspiring exam takers is to use remaining time (if you have) to review all answers. I made 3 corrections during the review time. It always pays to have a second look at your answers.

Thanks,
Alvin Christian Opano




 
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Alvin,
Congrats! It sounds like you had a great journey and I'm happy to here the book was helpful.

And welcome to CodeRanch!
 
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Welcome to Javaranch! Congratulations on your certification.
 
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Congratulations
 
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Congratulations!!!
 
Alvin Christian Opano
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Jeanne,

Yes, the book was really helpful. Thank you very much for your great work. The organization and focus on the exam objectives are really good especially for those who need to make the most of short studyhours.
 
Alvin Christian Opano
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Hi Everyone,

Thanks for your warm welcomes and congratulatory messages.
 
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