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Am I ready to take the test?

 
Bindu Tadivaka
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Hi

I am getting between 75-80% score in Enthuware.

Am I ready to take the actual test?

Am not looking for any great scores in the actual test, but I cannot afford to waste the money by not passing the test.
Your advice is valuable to me.
 
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Bindu Tadivaka wrote:I am getting between 75-80% score in Enthuware.

Am I ready to take the actual test?

And can you describe the circumestances you got these scores? Are these scores on a first attempt? Did you finish each test in time? Did you used other resources during the test taking? ...
 
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You say you cannot afford to waste the money, but you don't indicate if you can afford to waste the time studying more. If the former outweighs the latter, then the answer (logically at least) is wait. If there are two competing pressures, then it's a value judgement you must make for yourself, but Noel's questions are absolutely relevant. Most people won't do as well when the real thing is on the line than when they're just trying stuff out.
 
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Hi Roel

10 days ago I took the objective-wise tests. Now I am taking standard tests. But I felt I am answering the new questions except very few.

I finished each test on time. I am too lazy to answer the drag and drop questions, as they are not on the original exam.

I did not use any other resources during test taking except a paper and pen. (I hope they allow a paper and pen in original exam as well.)
 
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Yes, Simon. Right now, time is also valuable to me. That's a valid point. Thank you for pointing it out..
 
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Bindu Tadivaka wrote:10 days ago I took the objective-wise tests. Now I am taking standard tests. But I felt I am answering the new questions except very few.

Maybe you should have read this article on Enthuware first. Objective wise and standard tests use the same question bank. So your current scores on the standard tests are not an objective indicator for your readiness of the exam (because you already have taken all questions at least once).
Normally consistently scoring 75-80% on the standard Enthuware tests in exam mode is almost a guarantee to pass the actual exam as well.

Bindu Tadivaka wrote:I did not use any other resources during test taking except a paper and pen. (I hope they allow a paper and pen in original exam as well.)

Paper and pen are the only resources allowed during the exam, so that's not a problem at all.
 
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Hmm... That looks like a problem..

Thanks, Roel.
 
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Bindu Tadivaka wrote:Hmm... That looks like a problem..

Could indeed be a problem, because you lost the one and only objective indicator. Now you'll probably have to depend on your own confidence level and that's probably not so trustworthy as a mock exam score
 
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wait a month or so and do lots of java questions from sources other than enthuware if it's important. they won't be as good for the exam necessarily, but it'll improve the accuracy when retaking by reducing the amount you remember

if it helps, i've gone from 85% and 25 mins over, to 71% and 12 minutes over from standard test 2 to standard test 3, and I'm not quite ready. in my opinion, if you have to answer the question, the answer is probably no. if you were genuinely getting those scores off the bat i think you'd be pretty confident!

although having said all that, there is definitely a 'middle ground' - where I rage at the enthuware questions for being ridiculous (well 50% ridiculous, 50% I should have spotted it.... )
 
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Just now, I took the "Last Day Test (Unique)" of Enthuware, whose questions are not part of standard tests/Objective-wise tests. I felt difficult while answering them. But to my surprise, I scored 77%

So, I guess I can take the actual test and still pass it (??) though I do not feel very confident
 
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Bindu Tadivaka wrote:So, I guess I can take the actual test and still pass it (??) though I do not feel very confident

Most ranchers who used Enthuware during their preparation mention the mock exams are (a bit) harder than the actual exam. So if you passed that test within time and scored 77%, I think you are likely to pass the exam. But it's definitely not a guarantee. And I think it's very important that you feel very confident about yourself and your Java knowledge before taking the actual exam. Otherwise you might run out of time simply because you don't feel confident and start doubting about almost every question.
 
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Thank you for your reply, Roel. It is very helpful.

I am gonna take the risk and attempt the test
 
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Bindu Tadivaka wrote:I am gonna take the risk and attempt the test

Best of luck! Just be confident in yourself. The last-minute test proves you have a good understanding of all the concepts

And some awesome last-minute advice: keep calm and select the correct answers!
 
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Thank you Roel your wishes worked though I did feel nervous
 
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I passed the test today with 83%.

http://www.coderanch.com/t/658303/sr/certification/Passed-OCAJP
 
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Bindu Tadivaka wrote:Thank you Roel your wishes worked

Glad to hear my wished helped and you have passed the OCA exam!
 
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Bindu Tadivaka wrote:I passed the test today with 83%.

http://www.coderanch.com/t/658303/sr/certification/Passed-OCAJP


nicely done!
 
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Thank you Roel and Nick
 
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