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Passed OCAJP SE 8 (1Z0-808) with 91%  RSS feed

 
Viktor Logwin
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I'd like to thank Jeanne and Scott for their wonderful Study Guide. I'd like to thank Paul from Enhtuware. And, of course, to you, CodeRanch, for the possibility to share and look for information!

My background:
Over 4 years of job experience with Java

It was a classic preparation:
Book "OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-808", by Scott Selikoff, Jeanne Boyarsky
  • 1 week of reading, making marks and answering the chapter questions
  • 1 week of wrinting summary and taking mock exams

  • Mock exams: Enhtuware
  • trial test with 59%
  • all standard tests with results, reaching from 69 to 92%
  • the last day test with 88%
  • reviewing the answers after each test and enriching my summary with new information

  • Answering questions on OCAJP branch of CodeRanch

    My advice:
    A very important thing is to do as much mock exams as you can. You learn how to manage your time and what strategy to choose. Also you learn to read the code and filter the important information. Even if you know the theory, you can fall through the test. Don't make large pauses between the mock exams. Each day one exam. Yes, it's hard to spend 2,5 hours for a test plus about a 0,5 hours for a review, but it makes it. You should perform better with each mock exam. After you have a feeling you're ready, go to the real exam. Don't wait to long!

    My exam taking strategy:
    My intention was to have enough time in the end of the exam to review some questions, where I would be not sure about the right answer.
    So I've skipped the questions, where I saw much code or where I saw loops. They could (not necessary) take much time. I've marked such question for review and jumped to the next question.
    I've also marked questions for review, where I wasn't sure about the answer.
    After I've answered the 80-th question, I've had about 40 minutes to review all marked questions.
    I've started with the questions, where I had no answer. Then I've reviewed the questions, where I was unsure.
    On my last minutes I had a feeling, I've done everything I could, all questions were answered and I was calm and sure, that I will pass the exam.

    P.S.
    You can just skip the time-robbery questions without marking them for review. There is a button "Review all unanswered". Mark only questions, where you're not sure about the answer already given. Then you have two different sets of questions and can review them in separate.

    And yes, I'll write it again: the real exam is easier than the Enthuware mock exams.

    Good luck!
     
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    Ah, almost forgotten,
    there is a nice feature in the real exam.
    On Windows you can strike an answer with the right mouse button.
    On Mac it would be Control + right click.
    It strikes the whole text of an answer. No changes will be made to the ckeckboxes.
    It is very helpful. Some questions can be answered by just striking out the answers, where you're sure, they are wrong.

    But remember: this is only a decorative feature. You still have to klick on the checkboxes/rudiobutton to mark an answer.
     
    Liutauras Vilda
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    Congratulations, very well done 
    Have a cattle for sharing a detailed description of preparation.

    Consider having some well deserved  or lemonade of your choice
     
    Viktor Logwin
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    I can't find the OCP Wall Of Fame. Only for OCA. Don't we have a SE 8 Professional Wall Of Fame?
     
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    Viktor Logwin wrote:


    Congratulations!!! I will do the exam in April !! I am doing enthuware mock exams every day since I have finish to study all.
    Thanks for your description of preparation.
    King regards.
     
    Jeanne Boyarsky
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    Viktor Logwin wrote:I can't find the OCP Wall Of Fame. Only for OCA. Don't we have a SE 8 Professional Wall Of Fame?

    Congrats! You passed the OCA so you'd need the COA wall of fame, no?

    Looking forward (or to see people's successes for the next level), there is in fact an OCP wall of fame
     
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    Congratulations, Viktor! Glad to know you liked our our mock exams and the support 
     
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    Viktor Logwin wrote:Ah, almost forgotten,
    there is a nice feature in the real exam.
    On Windows you can strike an answer with the right mouse button.
    On Mac it would be Control + right click.
    It strikes the whole text of an answer. No changes will be made to the ckeckboxes.
    It is very helpful. Some questions can be answered by just striking out the answers, where you're sure, they are wrong.

    But remember: this is only a decorative feature. You still have to klick on the checkboxes/rudiobutton to mark an answer.


    FYI, Our simulator has this feature as well
     
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    Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:
    Congrats! You passed the OCA so you'd need the COA wall of fame, no?

    Looking forward (or to see people's successes for the next level), there is in fact an OCP wall of fame


    Thanks! That's what I was looking for. The next level's Wall Of Fame, so I can read other's experience in it.
    Actually, I've made the assessment test, coming with your OCP book. Answered only 40%. And, I think, it was accidentally!    Damned, I see, that I'm newbie in Java 
     
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    Paul Anilprem wrote:

    FYI, Our simulator has this feature as well


    Thanks, Paul! Never tried this feature on EnthuWare. Now I gonna make use of it in OCP mock exams!
     
    It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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