This week's book giveaway is in the Cloud forum.
We're giving away four copies of Terraform in Action and have Scott Winkler on-line!
See this thread for details.
Win a copy of Terraform in Action this week in the Cloud forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
programming forums Java Mobile Certification Databases Caching Books Engineering Micro Controllers OS Languages Paradigms IDEs Build Tools Frameworks Application Servers Open Source This Site Careers Other Pie Elite all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
Marshals:
  • Tim Cooke
  • Campbell Ritchie
  • Paul Clapham
  • Ron McLeod
  • Liutauras Vilda
Sheriffs:
  • Jeanne Boyarsky
  • Rob Spoor
  • Bear Bibeault
Saloon Keepers:
  • Jesse Silverman
  • Tim Moores
  • Stephan van Hulst
  • Tim Holloway
  • Carey Brown
Bartenders:
  • Piet Souris
  • Al Hobbs
  • salvin francis

Passed OCAJP 8 with 97%

 
Greenhorn
Posts: 20
3
  • Likes 8
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi everyone, I would like to share my OCA story with you all.
I've been working with Java for about two years. I started working as a Java EE programmer and I still am. Thanks to the training on the job I gradually became confident with the language, but I wasn't able to take the OCA exam, since it really goes deep into the theory, which you don't learn on the job, having your beloved compiler doing all your dirty work.
I don't hold a degree, so a few months ago I decided to earn an Oracle certification to give consistency to my CV.
I studied on the OCA Study Guide by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff, which I truly recommend (it's absolutely sufficient). I found it amazing: fluid, clear, precise.
My preparation has lasted about three months, because I could study only sometimes in the evening and on weekends because of my job.
After reading the book twice, just before Christmas I bought the Enthuware mock tests: another pleasant surprise. You must get them, they're crucial. They give you a solid preparation to the real exam, because they have an identical structure and similar contents. They're also harder: if you pass them, you'll pass the real exam.
Both book and Enthuware tests contain sneaky questions, and that's good because also the real exam contain them, although I must say they're less than I thought (two or three, and one of them was one of the only two questions I got wrong).
As for the exam, beware of shadowed or hidden variables: the exam tries to trick you. However, I repeat that real exam questions are easier than Enthuware tests questions.
What surprised me about the exam was the total absence of questions about default methods and overloading implementation.
I took the exam (the new version with 80 questions instead of 77) yesterday, and I earned a satisfying 97% (two errors...). My Enthuware average score was something like 80%.

Greetings.
 
Enthuware Software Support
Posts: 4585
45
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Congratulations, Andrea! Great score!!!
 
Greenhorn
Posts: 11
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Congratulations!
 
Bartender
Posts: 2235
63
IntelliJ IDE Firefox Browser Spring Java Linux
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Congratulations!
 
Greenhorn
Posts: 9
Netbeans IDE Java Windows
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Congrats. That is quite an accomplishment.
 
Sheriff
Posts: 11604
178
Hibernate jQuery Eclipse IDE Spring MySQL Database AngularJS Tomcat Server Chrome Java
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hi Andrea,

Congratulations champion! Great achievement Now it's time to relax a bit and have a (well-deserved) (or 2 or 3). And if you want to spoil yourself have a Belgian beer, our beers are the best of the world

Thanks for sharing your experiences. Other ranchers will definitely benefit! Have a cow!

Don't forget to add your name to the OcajpWallOfFame!

Kind regards,
Roel
 
Roel De Nijs
Sheriff
Posts: 11604
178
Hibernate jQuery Eclipse IDE Spring MySQL Database AngularJS Tomcat Server Chrome Java
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Andrea Simoncini wrote:What surprised me about the exam was the total absence of questions about default methods and overloading implementation.


For other exam test takers: please note that this is not a guarantee that when you take the exam you will also not get questions about default methods and overloading implementation and you can safely ignore these topics while studying. The exam questions are randomly taken from a pool of 5-600 (?) questions, so you might encounter such questions on your exam.


(When I took OCPJP6 I had a similar experience with regular expressions: no questions at all about this topic, which can be hard to answer)
 
author & internet detective
Posts: 40801
829
Eclipse IDE VI Editor Java
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Congrats Andrea! Thanks for sharing your story.
 
Andrea Simoncini
Greenhorn
Posts: 20
3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Roel De Nijs wrote:Don't forget to add your name to the OcajpWallOfFame!


Done!
 
Andrea Simoncini
Greenhorn
Posts: 20
3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
And thanks everybody guys!!
 
Greenhorn
Posts: 6
Safari Chrome Java
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
congrats Andrea
 
You showed up just in time for the waffles! And this tiny ad:
Building a Better World in your Backyard by Paul Wheaton and Shawn Klassen-Koop
https://coderanch.com/wiki/718759/books/Building-World-Backyard-Paul-Wheaton
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic