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Construction of the "OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide"

 
Andrew Polansky
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Hello Edward and Robert! I am planning taking the OCAJP 8 by the end of this year and this book just came right in time. Great!

I have a few questions regarding construction of the book. On Amazon, I found that the book contains "more than 250 challenging practice questions". Does the book contain only the questions? Does it have simple answers to the questions, or more detailed explanations by given answer is true? If the book does not contain only the questions, what is the rest of the book? Does it describe the exam process? The most common types of questions? Is there any guide how to organize learning path and on what I should focus the most? Is the purpose of the book just to verify the reader knowledge, or a book that should teach the reader?

Thank you for your answers in advance!
 
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Adam Scheller wrote:Hello Edward and Robert! I am planning taking the OCAJP 8 by the end of this year and this book just came right in time. Great!

I have a few questions regarding construction of the book. On Amazon, I found that the book contains "more than 250 challenging practice questions". Does the book contain only the questions? Does it have simple answers to the questions, or more detailed explanations by given answer is true? If the book does not contain only the questions, what is the rest of the book? Does it describe the exam process? The most common types of questions? Is there any guide how to organize learning path and on what I should focus the most? Is the purpose of the book just to verify the reader knowledge, or a book that should teach the reader?

Thank you for your answers in advance!


Hi Adam, thank you for your questions.

-- The exam process is covered in the intro of our book, but you can find everything you need to know about the process by just asking questions here at the Code Ranch.

-- Our book and additional exams provide both questions and answers. The answers are short and direct.

-- IMHO, any certifications book should help in aiding one with preparing their already acquired knowledge to be tested upon. Although, we do explain all the material as if it was never seen before.

-- Our book is an evolution of the prior SCJA exam. Know that many of the exam questions you will see are extremely tricky. I advice everyone to check out the Enthuware mock exam questions which just about mirrors what you will see on the exam. Between our book, or some other similar resources (like Jeanne's book), and the Enthuware mock exam, you are just about guaranteed to pass. With any single resource... this exam is a bugger.

Sincerely,
Robert
 
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Robert, thank for your time taken to answer my questions.

The book looks interesting, and it's great that you advice also other resources to help in preparation before exam.

You have mentioned about the "extremely tricky" questions, this is what actually interest me the most. Over two years ago I passed Zend PHP 5.3 certification and their exam contained tricky questions as well. Thankfully, I was prepared for them because of a great book released by Zend that prepares for that exam. The book explained a bunch of tricky things that can happen on the exam with good explanation why given answer is the true one. That made me understand those tricky questions and how to approach them. Does your book explain those tricky questions more in detail, or just provide an answer with just quick explanation?
 
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Adam Scheller wrote:Does your book explain those tricky questions more in detail, or just provide an answer with just quick explanation?

I don't know about how this study guide will explain questions, but from past experiences I know most study guides explain why answers are correct as well why some of them are incorrect (and thus pointing you to possible pitfalls). And even in plain text most of the study guide mention warnings about possible pitfalls you might encounter on the actual exam.

With the Java certification exams, probably the most tricky thing is that you have to be the compiler. So you should spot compiler errors and these can be tricky: e.g. an instance method invoked from a static method, a variable which is used outside its scope, a variable defined in an interface which is assigned a value in a method, an invalid override,... The more mock questions you solve, the better you'll get in spotting these compiler errors, because you know what to look for. That's also one of the reasons why it's recommended to not use an IDE during your preparation, because an IDE spots compiler errors for you but on the actual exam you are on your own.

The Enthuware mock exams are probably the best exams currently available. You have 6 different mock exams and each question has a detailed explanation. If you have a look at our OcajpWallOfFame you'll see that plenty of ranchers used this software during their preparation. With only $10 they offer an excellent value for money. And the software is also a very good simulation about the UI you'll get on the actual exam. Once you've got a good solid understanding of all concepts (exam objectives), answering/solving a boatload of questions will definitely improve your test taking techniques and make you aware for possible pitfalls and tricky questions.

Best of luck!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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