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Passed the Oracle 1Z0-808 OCA Exam!!

 
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Hi!
I passed the Oracle 1Z0-808 Exam with a 77%. I was so relieved when I got the congratulations email because I knew I did well on the test.

Resources:
Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff OCA Study Guide book (J&S book)
Enthuware tests
This forum

So here's my story:
I started studying in June after I graduated high school last summer with the J&S book. I studied and was planning to take the test in August before I leave for college. But, since I had 20 hours of swimming, working at a robot camp, and coaching a summer swim team, I had limited time. I finished the J&S book by mid July and took all the practice questions in it. I took the first 2 practice tests in Enthuware and got low 40s on each. So I decided to postpone the test because I wasn't ready.
So, I get to college, Virginia Tech in my case, in August and I'm thinking that I can take the test during Thanksgiving break and just study some of the materials during my first semester. I was wrong. Being on the varsity swim team while taking all these core classes in engineering took up most of my time. Note: to be a computer science major, you need to take the core classes as an engineering major the first year. Then you can be declared as a CS major, which I want to be. So I decided to take the test at the end of my winter break since we have a month off and I promised myself this would be the last time I would postpone the test.
After my last final exam of my first semester at VT, I immediately started planning my month-long winter break to pass this test. I forgot some materials but I could recall most of it. I went through the book again in 1.5 weeks and just kept taking the Enthuware exams.
Here were my results:
Foundation: 47
Test 1: 55
Test 2: 52
Test 3: 57
Test 4: 61
Test 5: 49
Skipped test 6 because of time constraint
Last Day Test: 69
I decided to skip test 6 and take the unique test because I wanted to go over the wrong questions more carefully before I took the exam.
I did all of this in 1 month while maintaining my grueling swim schedule of 20 hours a week and with a team training trip in Florida for a week (hell week).

I was pretty confident going into the test because based on what I heard, the Enthuware tests were harder. During the test, I just calmly answered each questions and time was never a problem for my. I finished in less than 2 hours walking out of the test center with pride.

Thank you!!
 
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Congrats Simon!

Fun fact - I was writing the OCP book during the build season for FIRST Robotics FRC. Which meant I was mentoring the programmers on the team and writing during the same time window. Talk about having no time!
 
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Congrats Simon.

I have a similar situation. Planned to give the exam just after the high school and before college starts, couldn't. Then planned the exam in November, prepared pretty well, but again couldn't. So after the 1st-semester exams, I took a little break (a lot of things went wrong for me before and during exams... so the break definitely was helpful). Now I'm again preparing for the exam and am planning to give the exam in the first week of February (b/w 6-10 feb maybe). It was good to know I'm not the only one who prepared more than once and had almost similar situations overall.

I'd definitely like to know what's next, OCP or anything else?

And congratulations again! Passing the exam must feel good. Cheers!

 
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Congratulations!
 
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Hi Simon,

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
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