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OCPJP with 100% - My success story on how I passed OCPJP

 
Clifton Shaw
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And I'm here just to share the success story!

I was not very new to Java. I had done Java as a part of my college degree, which made me think I must be ready for the exam with all the basic knowledge. Then I registered on Examlab only to know how wrong I am. It turns out I'm wrong; very wrong! When I was taking Examlab's diagnostic exam, I was feeling like I'm going to score in 90 - 100% range. I was shocked to see I have scored only 9%. (do you still believe I scored 100% in the exam?) I was so worried that I didn't even want to review my answers. I just closed it thinking I'm not going to do this exam. You never know how it feels.

However, this got changed in an hour when a nice guy at Examlab sent me an email. He seems to have reviewed all my answers and in his email he pointed out why I was scoring that bad. Taking examples from my answers, he showed me two things:

- Even though I knew some Java basics, I didn't know the extensive parts it takes for this exam. I didn't know how weird it gets when you try to cast between an interface and a final class. For this, he recommended I go back and go through a study guide.

- I was missing obvious parts because my eyes were not so trained to track the tricky stuff in questions.

I was so convinced and motivation after reading his opinion, so I started to take 3 more weeks with "SCJP Java Programmer's Study Guide by Bert Bates and Kathy Sierra". This book was really amazing. The way it was written is splendid. You would never get a book of that good for $30. After learning lots of stuff with it, I headed back to Examlab, and they assigned a "personal mentor" for me. He was so helpful, that he helped me every single day until I boosted my score a lot all up to 92%.

This is how I scored:

Diagnostic: 9%
Diagnostic (second attempt): 38%
Practice 1: 51%
Practice 2: 49%
Practice 2 (second attempt): 73%
Practice 3: 81%
Practice 4: 79%
Final: 92%

And then, the big day came! I hadn't have a good sleep in the day before the exam, so I thought I'm going to lose some attention. However, the questions on exam were so easy compared to Examlab, that I was feeling like the exam is trying to tease me with silly questions. After double checking each question, I realized I must score around 95% - 100%, and tada! it was 100%!!!

Now here is what I want to share with those who want to be succeeded:


MUST DO:

1) Read a study guide - no matter who you are, how good you are. Even if you are one of the creators of Java, you still need to read a study guide. I can recommend nothing better than "SCJP Java Programmer's Study Guide by Bert Bates and Kathy Sierra". It's just you MUST READ it. Even if you think you know Java better than Oracle, you will realize how wrong you are on each page of this book.

2) Examlab - their questions are well-made to spot some inner strings in your brain on tricky Java concepts, and to train your eyeball to track them. They don't just provide exams, but also provide awesome mentoring support. It's a MUST to use those GREAT services they provide. They make you a strong muscular guy, just to kick the tiny skinny infant exam. You can never be less than perfect!

3) Practice - If you don't want to try to write some code and compile them to see what happens, this exam is not for you. I wrote hundreds of programs and that helped me out so much.

4) Have a good sleep a day before the exam. For some weird psychological reason I can't sleep well when I know I have an exam in the next day .


I take this to thank all who helped me in this achievement. Guys at Examlab and the authors of the book, I thank you all so much!
 
Paul Anilprem
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Congratulations!!! Amazing score indeed!
Thanks for your feedback about resources used
 
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You can't get better than this. Excellent score. Congratulations!
 
Alex Torson
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congrats, great score!

Clifton Shaw wrote:And I'm here just to share the success story!
4) Have a good sleep a day before the exam. For some weird psychological reason I can't sleep well when I know I have an exam in the next day .


Today I passed my exam and I too could not sleep all night
 
Devaka Cooray
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Congratulations, Clifton!
It's great to know Examlab helped.
 
Roel De Nijs
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Hi Clifton Shaw,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Clifton Shaw wrote:And I'm here just to share the success story!

Congratulations champion! Great achievement Now it's time to relax a bit and have a (well-deserved) (or 2 or 3). And if you want to spoil yourself have a Belgian beer, our beers are the best of the world

Thanks for sharing your experiences. Other ranchers will definitely benefit! Have a cow!

Don't forget to add your name to the OcpjpWallOfFame!

Kind regards,
Roel
 
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