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Felipe Kunzler
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One question, I'm currently studying for the OCAJP 8. Pretty much reading this book: http://www.amazon.com/OCA-Certified-Associate-Programmer-1Z0-808/dp/1118957407

I've seen that a lot of people post their mock exams' scores, I'd like to know if there's any place that people post their scores for those 6 end of chapter review questions. I'm getting more or less 80%, but with a lot of misreading mistakes (don't know how to reduce this, if I pay more attention the time goes up a lot).

Thanks guys!
 
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Felipe,
I haven't seen anyone post their scores for the review questions. 80% is good though for a first attempt at those questions. The idea is you can do the review questions lots of times so you master them (and why each answer is correct.) Then you should do better on the mock exams the first time you attempt each. And on the real exam as well!

I recommend doing the review questions multiple times and make sure you can say why each answer is right. This will train you brain on "what not to misread." It will also help you identify such things faster on the real test. For example, do you see what is wrong here? Once you do, you'll spot that pattern faster.

 
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Hi Felipe Kunzler,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Felipe Kunzler wrote:I'd like to know if there's any place that people post their scores for those 6 end of chapter review questions.

People don't keep track of the scores on these review questions, because these questions are not really intended to monitor your readiness for the actual exam. These questions are intended to verify if you have mastered the chapter's content. So you can take your time to answer them (no time limit) and you can take them many, many times.
On the other hand, mock exams are intended to monitor your current Java level and readiness for the actual exam. And with mock exam software (like Enthuware) you even can get familiar with the actual exam user interface (as it's closely simulated). So when you want to monitor your progress, current level and readiness for the exam, you'll take a mock exam just like it would be the actual exam: only use pen and paper, finish in time and only take your 1st attempt score into consideration (because when you take a mock exam for the 3th or 4th time, you might answer questions correctly solely based on memorization instead of actual knowledge).

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel

PS. Enthuware has an overview of the average scores (and the average real exam score) for their mock exam software. Here is the overview for OCAJP8.
 
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Hi guys,

I guess I was too eager to see how I was performing indeed. Just going to focus on the book right now, trying to learn as much as possible. And then afterwards I'll take some mock exams to track my readiness for the real test and fix some points I might have not fully understood.

Thanks for the help!
 
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Felipe Kunzler wrote:I guess I was too eager to see how I was performing indeed. Just going to focus on the book right now, trying to learn as much as possible. And then afterwards I'll take some mock exams to track my readiness for the real test and fix some points I might have not fully understood.

If you browse through this forum, you might encounter (besides the great explanations) my pop quiz questions which you can use as well to see how you are performing (and these are free of charges ). For example in this thread you'll find 15 code snippets with overloaded methods and it's up to you to determine which method will be invoked given a certain method call.
 
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Roel De Nijs wrote:
Felipe Kunzler wrote:I guess I was too eager to see how I was performing indeed. Just going to focus on the book right now, trying to learn as much as possible. And then afterwards I'll take some mock exams to track my readiness for the real test and fix some points I might have not fully understood.

If you browse through this forum, you might encounter (besides the great explanations) my pop quiz questions which you can use as well to see how you are performing (and these are free of charges ). For example in this thread you'll find 15 code snippets with overloaded methods and it's up to you to determine which method will be invoked given a certain method call.


Wow, those are some tricky question, got most right though!
The OP's original question is the hardest I'd say, java just decides to throw the towel if there're two methods with varargs, in that case Integer and int. (Come on java, just pick int which was originally passed through the method hehe)

By the way, I've read in the post that those kind of questions that mix varargs and overloading are not in the OCAJP 7. Have they been added to the OCAJP 8? Since both varargs and overloading are present in Jeannes's book.

Thanks for sharing the questions, this forum has been of great help to me!
 
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Felipe Kunzler wrote:By the way, I've read in the post that those kind of questions that mix varargs and overloading are not in the OCAJP 7. Have they been added to the OCAJP 8? Since both varargs and overloading are present in Jeannes's book.

The "issue" with the exam objectives is that most of them are pretty vague and general.

Let's have a look at this one:
Java SE 8 Programmer I Exam Topics wrote:Create methods with arguments and return values; including overloaded methods

So you should be able to create methods with arguments. Using a varargs parameter in the method declaration could be a part of this topic. And this topic includes overloaded methods as well. So based on this exam topic, Oracle can include questions in the OCA8 certification exam which mixes varargs and overloading. And maybe currently there are no questions about varargs and overloading, but Oracle can decide in a few months to add this kind of questions to the question bank. That's why study guides always try to cover all exam topics + a few additional topics as well. This way authors try to anticipate possible changes of the question bank (new questions on e.g. varargs and overloading).

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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Roel De Nijs wrote:So you should be able to create methods with arguments. Using a varargs parameter in the method declaration could be a part of this topic. And this topic includes overloaded methods as well. So based on this exam topic, Oracle can include questions in the OCA8 certification exam which mixes varargs and overloading. And maybe currently there are no questions about varargs and overloading, but Oracle can decide in a few months to add this kind of questions to the question bank. That's why study guides always try to cover all exam topics + a few additional topics as well. This way authors try to anticipate possible changes of the question bank (new questions on e.g. varargs and overloading).

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel


Yes, that makes sense, since passing the exam itself shouldn't be nobody's final goal but the knowledge per se. At least that's mine goal.
So I'll prepare myself even if this topic may not be on the exam itself.

Thanks again Roel!
 
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