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How to really study with the mock tests?

 
Jonathan Briceño
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Hi!

I have been a silent reader of this forum for a while, but I'm on my way to present the 1z0-808 and I need some tips of you guys!

Well, at my office we got the chance to go to a course where a teacher (a very good one, in my opinion) explained all the topics that will appear on the test.

I didn't feel that the course was enough, so (following some recommendation in this forum) I got the Enthuware mock test yesterday, and yesterday presented the test 1.

My question is: the best way to improve is to read the explanation of why the wrong answers were wrong? or to get the question and try to figure out why I didn't get them good?

Thanks for your help! And sorry for my awkward english!

(If this is in the wrong part of the forum, or this is considered spam, I'm really, really sorry!)
 
Claudiu Stroe
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When you have your results, read all the questions again. Even if you answer is correct(lucky answer) or wrong try to understand why is that the wright answer. If the explanation didn't helped you, put the code at work and practice different situations from that topic.

Have a nice day!
Claudiu
 
Roel De Nijs
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Hi Jonathan Briceño,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Jonathan Briceño wrote:I have been a silent reader of this forum for a while, but I'm on my way to present the 1z0-808 and I need some tips of you guys!

Glad to hear you have decided to join this awesome community!

Jonathan Briceño wrote:I didn't feel that the course was enough, so (following some recommendation in this forum) I got the Enthuware mock test yesterday, and yesterday presented the test 1.

My question is: the best way to improve is to read the explanation of why the wrong answers were wrong? or to get the question and try to figure out why I didn't get them good?

Regarding the (Enthuware) mock exams, I always provide the same advice. These exams offer excellent value for money! I would use them solely to monitor your progress and get an objective indication of your readiness to take the actual exam. So you should only take the first test after you have studied and you think you are ready for the exam. You should of course take the test as it were the actual exam, so with the time limit and don't use anything else but paper and a pencil. You have already taken the first test but didn't share your score. And the score is quite important. If you consistently score 80+ on the different mock exams, you'll probably pass the actual exam with flying colours. So you have a good solid knowledge about the exam topics and can go through the incorrect (and correct) questions, read and learn from the explanations. Then you can repeat the material with some extra focus on your weaker topics for a few days and take the next exam.
But if you score less than 80+ on the exam, you need to do some additional studying for a few weeks, because you still lack the required knowledge to pass the exam. And taking more mock exams will generally not provide you this knowledge. So you might want to study a course, read another study guide, write lots of code snippets, and so on before you take anpther mock exam. If you want some mock questions to practice your knowledge a bit, use the questions from the study guides (most of them have practice questions with every chapter and offer one or more mock exams as well) and/or the questions from the mock exams you have already taken. But don't use another mock exam, otherwise you have wasted this mock exam and can't use it anymore to monitor your progress and have an indication of your current readiness for the actual exam (because only first attempt scores will count).

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 certification exam. And on the OcajpWallOfFame you'll find plenty of (links to) experiences from other ranchers (including resources they have used). So it can be useful to determine which resources are useful (and which are not).

Jonathan Briceño wrote:(If this is in the wrong part of the forum, or this is considered spam, I'm really, really sorry!)

I really don't know how a genuine question in the correct forum without any link to a website selling kitchens, flowers or ... could be considered as spam

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
nick woodward
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Hi Jonathan,

If you've read one of the study guides I think it's ok to take the first enthuware mock. This will give you an idea of how much you don't know (I say this from my own experience!). Roel is right though, treat the exams carefully - don't waste them.

Personally I think it's ok to take one test, but DON'T look at the answers if you've done badly. Go back to learning for a few weeks. That way you'll not skew your score through memorisation. I did the same, and my first (and second) test that I did twice over the course of about 2 months, was in line with the rest of my scores.

In terms of revision - make flash cards and write code you don't understand. Go to the wall of fame, find a user who has passed and has a high post count. Look through their post history - can you answer the questions they are asking? This way you'll also be directed to the 'best of' threads that Roel usually gives, and the sample code snippets he provides for each topic. Then take the enthuware exams, study the answers - and look at their forums - and obviously come here!

Hope that helps,

Nick
 
Roel De Nijs
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nick woodward wrote:Hope that helps,

Nick

That's really awesome advice, Nick Have a cow! (And that's really for the great advice, not for stating that I'm right )
 
Jonathan Briceño
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Hello, I appreciate all your answers I read them when you post it but I wasn't able to answer you guys at the time.

I studied very hard with the book of Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff, it was very useful and very clear.

I did the Enthuware mock test, before reading the book I scored on the first one 45%.

After reading the book I presented Test 2, Test 3, Test 5 and Before Examn with the following grades; 56%, 69%, 57% and 69%.

I really did not feel very confident the day before the exam but I was too late to say no, so I did it and I scored 74% on the real exam, I know is not the best score but I managed to do it, thank you for taking your time helping me out and with all the learned lessons with 1z0-808 I will get a better approach to the 1z0-809, I wish I could count with you all with that one too.

Thank you! Happy coding!
 
Roel De Nijs
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Jonathan Briceño wrote:so I did it and I scored 74% on the real exam, I know is not the best score but I managed to do it

Congratz! (I'll reserve the fancy congratulations for when you have shared your experiences )
 
nick woodward
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you should probably have a beer or two

congrats!
 
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