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Yes yes I passed OCAJP with 81%

 
Suhasini Na
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Hi,

I passed the OCAJP after taking it a 2nd time with 81 %. The first time I failed by scoring only 53 %. But 2 months later after working more harder, I passed.

Here is how I did it:
I read the following books
1. OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates
2. OCAJP SE 7 study guide by Mala Gupta

After practicing all the code samples from the books, I took the Enthuware mock exams. Before my first attempt of the exam my scores were as follows:
  • Starter test - 39%
  • Test 1 - 54%
  • Test 2 - 55%
  • Test 3 -61 %
  • Test 4 - 53%
  • Test 5 -55%
  • Test 6 -53 %
  • Last Day Test - 53 %


  • I got very depressed by failing the exam. I took a personal break for a month from studying for the exam.

    Then I restarted by re-reading both the books and this time I understood the concepts more better. I took self tests from both the books 4 times. I revised the notes from each chapter 4 times.
    I took the mock exams from the K & B CD and here are my scores
  • Mock exam 1 from CD - 82%
  • Mock exam 2 from CD - 50%

  • I then retook all the Enthuware mock exams and although I remembered the questions partly I was able to score better as follows:
  • Starter test - 95%
  • Test 1 -71%
  • Test 2 -74%
  • Test 3 - 73%
  • Test 4 - 74%
  • Test 5 - 69 %
  • Test 6 - 66 %
  • Last Day Test - 77%


  • This forum helped me a lot. Fellow ranchers like Prathima Gaithonde, Sharmili Rameshbabu and Dasa Beg motivated me. I got the motivation to retake after reading their experiences and how they passed it.
    Also, after taking Enthuware mock exams, I typed the notes from the questions (both correct and wrong) into a document, printed and revised them during lunch or other periods. This helped me the most during the exam as many questions were similar and I was able to apply the concepts accordingly. I took objective wise tests the day before the exam so that helped me revise some topic-wise questions.
    This has been a long journey as I did not have any background in Java (but I do have .net programming experience) and was my 1st certification exam to pass.

    I look forward to studying and taking the OCPJP exam next.
    Really thanks to all members on this forum and especially to Roel De Nijs who is there for us for all our questions.

     
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    Hi Suhasini Na,

    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 OcajpWallOfFame!

    Suhasini Na wrote:Really thanks to all members on this forum and especially to Roel De Nijs who is there for us for all our questions.

    You are welcome! Thanks for these kind words. Highly appreciated!

    Kind regards,
    Roel
     
    Suhasini Na
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    Thank You Roel. Can you tell me if I can register and take OCPJP 8 directly or should I have passed OCAJP8 to take it?
     
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    Congratz Suhasini. I am still reading to do OCA. Your experience was worth for me.
     
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    Suhasini Na wrote:Can you tell me if I can register and take OCPJP 8 directly or should I have passed OCAJP8 to take it?

    You can take the OCAJP and OCPJP exam in random order. Of course it makes more sense to take the entry-level first, but it's not required. So yes, you could take the OCPJP8 exam directly. Please note that you can't combine different version certifications. So if you pass the OCPJP8 exam, you won't be granted the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer title until you pass the OCAJP8 exam as well.

    Hope it helps!
    Kind regards,
    Roel
     
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    Congratulation, keep up the good work !!!
     
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    Congratulations.
     
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    Congratulations!
     
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    Roel De Nijs wrote:
    Don't forget to add your name to the OcajpWallOfFame!


    I tried to add to the WallofFame. But I could not since it is asking for my login credentials. I entered the same but it does not go further. Can you help me here?
     
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    Suhasini Na wrote:I tried to add to the WallofFame. But I could not since it is asking for my login credentials. I entered the same but it does not go further. Can you help me here?

    Weird! It's just a wiki-page, so after clicking on the Edit link at the top, you should just provide your CodeRanch credentials and you should be able to add your name to the wall. Can you try in a different browser as well?
     
    Suhasini Na
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    Here are the screenshots that happens when I try to submit the login forms.

    I am not sure what is wrong. I neither get a message nor can I login. Which browser should I use? I tried with both IE and Chrome.
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    Login screen that I get
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    The screen that vanishes after I enter the details
     
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    Suhasini Na wrote:I am not sure what is wrong. I neither get a message nor can I login. Which browser should I use? I tried with both IE and Chrome.

    Could you try using your login name instead of your email address?
     
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    Yes that worked like a charm.. Thank you.
     
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    Suhasini Na wrote:Yes that worked like a charm.

    Did you save the changes? Because I can't find your name on the wall and the last edited date seems to be in October
     
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    Roel De Nijs wrote:Did you save the changes? Because I can't find your name on the wall and the last edited date seems to be in October


    Yes, I had forgotten to save the changes and I did it today.
     
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    Suhasini Na wrote:Yes, I had forgotten to save the changes and I did it today.

    I can see it now
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