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Janko Livic
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How long, from yours experience, did it take to prepare for exame? I am also new in Java, basically I have learned lessons that come in exam, but somehow it looks to easy for now. So..I am very confused and I will be greatfull if someone would give me some advices for exams. Something like more lessons that comes in exam,tricks, time to prepare etc...
 
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Hi Janko Livic,

First of all, a warm welcome to the CodeRanch!

Janko Livic wrote:How long, from yours experience, did it take to prepare for exame?

That's very personal and really depends on your experience, learning speed and the time you can spend each day. Here you'll find a very extensive experience of another rancher. And here you'll find another thread about the time to prepare for the exam.
In the OcajpFaq (besides other very useful information) and this thread you'll find an overview of all available resources (study guides, mock exams,...) to thorougly prepare yourself for the OCA certification exam. Another useful resource is the OcajpWallOfFame: you'll find plenty of (links to) experiences from other ranchers. Some of them have described their journey in great detail (even including how much time they spend on each item of their preparation). Other ones shared nothing but the resources they have used. So it can be useful too to determine which resources are useful (and which are not).

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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Thank's for answer. This means a lot to me. Next month i will try to pass the exam so wish me luck!
 
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Janko Livic wrote:How long, from yours experience, did it take to prepare for exame? I am also new in Java, basically I have learned lessons that come in exam, but somehow it looks to easy for now. So..I am very confused and I will be greatfull if someone would give me some advices for exams. Something like more lessons that comes in exam,tricks, time to prepare etc...


it really depends on your background and your situation. you say you're new to java, but you also say you've 'learned lessons' about the exam - so it's hard to judge.

but if you think it's too easy, it probably is - a good test of your knowledge comes from the enthuware mock exams. http://enthuware.com/. they are excellent. however i would be wary about 'wasting' these, as there are only 6 (7?), so maybe you should look at questions asked on this forum to see if you understand them. you should also, if you haven't already, pick up a study guide for which ever exam you are taking - K&B's study guide for OCA7 is great (and covers OCP), as is Mala Gupta's book. I also like Jeanne's way of explaining things on these forums, so am considering getting her OCAJP8 book (even though i'm doing OCAJP7).

Nick

*edit: beaten!
 
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Well, yeah, my question seems a little bit of confusing, so let me do it in this way.
I understand:

1 fundamentals
2 operators
3 flow control
4 exceptions
5 oop, encapsulation
6 overload
7 inheritance, override
8 constructors
9 abstract class
10 interface
11 strings

and a few more thins..So i read a few books, some of them are actually basics of android developing, but they are very good for learning java fundamentals, also I read a "Java 7 for Absolute Begginers", "Java Fundamentals for Android Development self_study_guide" and "OCA Java 7 Programmer 1 Certification Guide" and also, I watch lessons from some programmers from Youtube. So I am not a real dummy at the momment but I am very unsure in my knowledge, i guess because I am selflearning guy...so..
 
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Janko Livic wrote:Next month i will try to pass the exam so wish me luck!

As you are new to Java, I think that's a very strict and probably unrealistic deadline.

My main advice is always the same: take all the time you need, don't put yourself to some freakishly unrealistic deadline. A certification is not just about that piece of paper you get (although it's nice if you get a raise once certified ), it's about much more: getting a better understanding of (in this case) the Java basics, becoming a better developer,... If you rush your preparation, you might pass the certification as well, but you probably have not reached the full potential.

As already mentioned by Nick, the Enthuware mock exams are a very good test of your knowledge. And they offer a free trial version (see the OcajpFaq for the link). Maybe it's a good idea to take this version so you'll get an idea of your current knowledge and level before setting your deadline. Many people are often flabbergasted once they have experienced which (high) level of knowledge is required to pass the exam...
 
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I am learning Java for 3,4 months every day few hours, doing reading all the time, so I think one more month and I will be ready.
 
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Janko Livic wrote:So i read a few books, some of them are actually basics of android developing, but they are very good for learning java fundamentals, also I read a "Java 7 for Absolute Begginers", "Java Fundamentals for Android Development self_study_guide" and "OCA Java 7 Programmer 1 Certification Guide" and also, I watch lessons from some programmers from Youtube. So I am not a real dummy at the momment but I am very unsure in my knowledge, i guess because I am selflearning guy...so..

You are indeed not a real newbie at this moment, but you have to take into account that you really need a good, solid understanding of Java and OO basics in order to pass this OCA exam. And if you are only reading, you probably won't pass the exam. Learning a programming language is like driving a car: you don't learn how to drive a car by just reading a book, you have to get your hands dirty. So you have to write lots and lots of code, preferably using your favourite text editor, javac and java. On the exam you need to assess code snippets, spot compiler errors, select the correct output,... (without an IDE).
 
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Janko Livic wrote:I am learning Java for 3,4 months every day few hours, doing reading all the time, so I think one more month and I will be ready.

You might if you use this additional month to write boatloads of code snippets And as suggested earlier: if you are unsure about your level, you could take the free trial version (or the 1st mock exam) of Enthuware. Your score will be a very good indication of your current level. All the best! And if you have doubts/questions while preparing, just start a new topic and let us know
 
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I did put my hands dirty, i write a load of code, I am practising using eclipse. At this moment i decided to find some forum for java programmers because I wanna read experiences and also, every good material for learning is welcome =D
 
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Janko Livic wrote:I did put my hands dirty, i write a load of code, I am practising using eclipse.

Excellent! But don't use Eclipse (or any other IDE). Use nothing but your favourite text editor, javac and java. On the actual exam you also won't have an IDE to help you to e.g. spot compiler errors. In this topic you'll find different opinions about using an IDE while preparing for the OCAJP certification.
 
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