I reserved my first post for the moment that I really had something to post. After several months of study I passed my OCA8 with
a score of 98%. Although after finishing the exam, I was not really able to predict anything other that the idea that I would probably
The preparation of the exam exist of both books and online material. I started with a book by Kathy Sierra / Bert Bates that was written
for OCA7/OCP7. I completely read the OCA7 part of that book and did all the exercises. It was kind of the same book I used in the past
for SCJP5 at the time. After that, I read the OCA8 book from Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff . Because the OCA7 book did not cover
the new topics, I focused on the new topics like lambda's, interface methods (default) and the localdates. The difference between the writing
style of Kathy Sierra vs Jeanne Boyarsky, Scott Selikoff is really different. Although neither one of them is really better then the other, it's
just different. (if you have them both, look at what they both say about anonymous arrays... )
Besides doing the reading, I tried to write a lot of code right after reading about a topic. Just using notepad++ and the commandline I wrote
really a lot of classes to put the theory in practice.
Finally (Always) I used the test studio of Enthuware to discover that on every single aspect where I though I knew all the details.. i didn't.
The test studio is really good to prepare for the most weird syntaxes you've ever seen. This was very usefull.
As heard a lot, the exam is less difficult than the test exams. I had about 20 minutes left when I finished the test. Also, I did not receive a message
from Oracle about the results. I found it on the certview site.. I needed some time to reallize the result score of 98%.
Thank you all,
I like your observation about the style being different. That's good. It lets people with different preferences have different choices!
Mariana Dos Santos Silva wrote:Congratulations Mauricce,
You've made a very good score. I've been prepared for about 4 months, and started the enthuware tests last week. How about your scores on the enthuware? Were then good enough to pass? I'm afraid my tests are not good enough.
Where the books prepare you for the theory, the test train you for a completely different skills. Which is offcourse taking test, reading the actual question. For myself, the first tests scared me off. I barely passed the 66% in topics where
I thought i new everything. What worked for me is that I really tried to understand the 'why' of the questions I answered wrong. This worked for me, just google and look at the specs. Find out the rationale behind things. Then the
understanding of questions is easier. And then again, as you've probably noticed, every test is able to find new subtle variaties on syntax constructs that you know. (I find myself talking "is that possible?" frequently..). And the tips regarding
test taking where also helpfull. (Such as get a good night sleep.. and select a comfortable test location). And as for the exam, I saw only a few 'real' java8 questions.
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!
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