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Passed OCAJP 1z0-808 Java SE 8 80% 1 month prep.

 
j wang
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Hi,

I wanted to share my experience studying for the OCAJP exam. By way of background, the last real programming class I took was a decade ago as a freshman in college. Since then I have dabbled in coding here and there but nothing serious. More recently, I wanted to transition from finance to more fin-tech.

I started with the OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-808 - by Jeanne Boyarsky, Scott Selikoff. I scored 2/20 on the first assessment in the book, which was shocking even to me. I then read through every chapter and coded along with the examples in the book. I also completed all the questions at the end of each chapter and reviewed the answers. I spent a total of 2 weeks reading. After that, I completed one of the mock exams and moved on to Enthuware's test bank. This is a must have that I would recommend to everyone. I took 7/8 practice tests on there and scored from 56% to 79%. My last day exam came in at 79%. The practice exams took me another 2 weeks to complete. So in a total of 4 weeks of pretty dedicated studying (while working full-time with light workload) I was able to get 80% on the test.

I hope this was helpful. I'm going to get started on the OCPJP prep now following the same strategy. Jeanne and Scott's book followed by Enthuware. I hope I can knock the pro out in 2-3 months.

Good luck!

J
 
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Congratulations, J Wang 
Glad to know that our s/w was helpful in your preparation 
 
Krishna Srinivasan
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Congratulations!!

Are you planning to write OCPJP exam?
 
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Congrats! I think your estimate of 2-3 months for OCPJP is reasonable. It takes a lot longer to study for OCA than OCP. But you did OCA in a month so you obviously have enough time!

The assessment isn't meant to be easy. We don't want people to be overconfident and not study enough. You cna imagine your score if you took the real exam too soon.

If you haven't already, can you post a review on Amazon?
 
Vikram Munjal
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Congrats wang,

Even i am preparing for the same and just like you, getting 5 out of 24 in my first 3 chapters. Now i switched to a basic book "Headfirst Java"  and then will come back to certification book by Jeanne.
Again, Many congratulations to you for your certification.
 
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