I will share, my all progress
I started my preparations 4 months ago (which is not true). First, what I tried, was taking Enthuware easy test
. I wanted to check, where my skill level is. Well, I got there 82%. Was king of happy, but I understood that this is a very easy test.
After one week, I tried Starter test, also without preparation and got 71%. Well, more or less OK, so after few days, took Standard Test 1 and got 59%. And after this, I started to read:
* OCAOCP Java
SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide.
* Mala Gupta's book.
Then I took other Enthuware tests, after each of it, analyzing what was wrong with my answers, reading Oracle Java documentation and so on. So, everything gone like this:
Standard Test 2: 71% (progressing to the right direction)
Standard Test 3: 73% (too many silly mistakes, by overlooking something, or checking the wrong answer accidentally)
Standard Test 4: 76% (was watching the anime while doing it, so again, silly mistakes, all over the place)
Standard Test 5: 76% (ditto)
Standard Test 6: 86% (no anime this time, 100% concentration)
Final Day Test: 94% (no anime this time, 100% concentration, but this one, looked as it was more difficult then others......)
OCA exam score: 90%
, with probably about 50-60h of studding and test taking. Anyway, I forgot to mention, that I am a JAVA developer for about a year now, so
probably this, helped to reduce studding time a lot, and I kind of feel, that even without preparation, I would have passed it, but the score would be +/- about passing mark,
so everyone who is going to take an exam, do a favor and study, don't watch anime and take Enthuware tests, those bastards are really very helpful by showing, where your weaknesses are
About exam I could tell, that it didn't feel any easier then mock tests, few questions was really, really very tricky. Anyway, I will try to pass OCJ7, till the end of the year.