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Passed Java OCA today with 68%

 
Sahil Anju
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Yes, I joined Java Ranch on the day I cracked OCA. And God knows how I cracked it! I need some valuable suggestions guys, so read on:
I read OCA topics from Head First Java book, except the chapters- Object Lifecycle and Statics in a month. I was also enrolled in Java training course at my college, which did help but in a really marginal way.
So I was pretty clear in concepts discussed in the first 11 chapters (except chapter 9 and 10 as told) of Head First Java due to which (maybe) I was able to crack the exam.
I didn't practice much writing code but covered all these concepts and when in doubt used Stack Overflow.

I don't know whether it was good luck on my side that I was able to crack the exam but all I know I want to review these OCA topics again. Should I NOW buy Sierra/Bates cert guide to revise all these topics? Or considering my placements going on, should I focus on just Head First Java and implement Data Structures in Java?

I don't know if I really deserved this success :/
 
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Congratulations and welcome to the Ranch
 
Sahil Anju
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Campbell Ritchie wrote:Congratulations and welcome to the Ranch

Thank You! Anyways, what's your advice on the question I asked?
 
Sergej Smoljanov
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Congratulations.

If you pass OCA7 and want to get OCJP - K&B is best book i read (for OCJP7).
In preparation of oca i prefer Mala Gupta`s book, but for OCJP - K&B is the best.
Also great material for OCJP is JLS and Angelika Langer generic FAQ

If you not interesting for OCJP just read book for specialization you choose.
 
Jhonson Fernando
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Congratulations for your OCA Java success. OCPJP is tougher than OCAJP, so prepare well.
 
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