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Failed the OCA 7 Exam with 60%

 
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Hello Everyone,

First of all, I would like to thank the CodeRanch team as well as its members for being so incredibly patient and generous with their time. Your tireless efforts and generosity is what makes this place quite special, and keeps people coming back for more.

I had been preparing for the OCA 7 exam for the past month, and I have visited CodeRanch countless times in the process. Needless to say, this site helped me understand the answers to many tricky questions. So even though I failed the exam, I would like to give each and everyone of you a big thank you.

I took the exam today, and unfortunately I didn't pass (had 60% and needed 63%). No worries though, I'll keep practicing and try again some other time.

I studied with Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates study guide and did my mock exams with Enthuware's Java SE7 Associate Practice Exams.

These books have helped thousands before me get certified, so me failing the exam has nothing to do with those books, and I have only myself to blame.

Problem is, now I really don't know where to go from here. Should I go back to those books and read them again or try something else?



 
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Sorry to hear that, but you are not alone, though. We just see more people sharing their stories regardless of the outcome.

Check here and here, quite recent similar stories, I hope it will help you to get back on the track.
 
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Thanks for your comment and encouragement, Liutauras Vilda.

I thought the links you gave me were quite helpful, especially the second one, and I agree with you completely.

I guess the reason (aside from being not completely ready) for failing the exam is because I got very stressed out (couldn't even sleep last night from anxiety), and I was scared to fail because I wasn't the one who paid for the exam, it was the company I work for, and I was very nervous and desperate not to let them down.

But guess what? I ended up failing anyway. So my advice to whoever is reading this and planning on taking the OCA7 exam (or any exam certification for that matter) is to not get nervous, stressed or anxious. Stay cool and do your best.

Or better, forget about getting certified and keep on learning Java. If you do that, the day you decide to get certified, you won't even need to "prepare" for the exam. The exam itself will look easier and you'll feel as if you were doing something you do every day.
 
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I suggest to read JLS and to buy Enthuware tests.

There in JLS you will find many responses at many questions.

Again I suggested to insist to subjects who you have problems.

I think that I received a report with your weaknesses.

Success!
 
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Dana Ucaed wrote:I suggest to read JLS


I don't suggest use JLS as a preparation toolkit for exam, but it can be a helpful skill in other circumstances.
I think book and some mock tests are sufficient in most cases.
 
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I tried it again today and I passed it with 85% score (14 days after I had failed it with 60%).

Best approach is to never get discouraged. Always smile and no matter how many times you fail, keep going at it until you pass.

My advice to anyone planning on getting certified with the 1z0-803: do as many exercises and answer as many questions as you possibly can.

Study guides helped me a lot, but mock questions are the real deal. Once you answer enough mock tests and questions, there will be little to no surprises on the actual exam. So remember: answer as many questions as you possibly can.

One final advice is to never get nervous. I failed my first attempt because I got nervous and anxious, and I couldn't focus even though the questions were not that hard. Go in with a smile, and tell yourself that even if you failed, it wouldn't be the end of the world, and that you wouldn't rest until you take that bad boy home.

Really happy and proud with this result, and I'm looking forward to improving.

Before wrapping everything up, I would like to thank a man named "Paul" from the Enthuware team simply because he was nice enough to answer my questions and give me some of his precious time. So, thank you, Mr Paul!
 
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Congrats Kyle.

I am happy to heard good news.

 
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Kyle Walker wrote:
Before wrapping everything up, I would like to thank a man named "Paul" from the Enthuware team simply because he was nice enough to answer my questions and give me some of his precious time. So, thank you, Mr Paul!


Congratulations, Kyle! I am happy to know that our services were helpful in your preparation
All the best for your future endeavors.
Paul.
 
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Kyle Walker wrote:I tried it again today and I passed it with 85% score (14 days after I had failed it with 60%).


Awesome to hear you have passed the OCAJP7 certification exam!

Did you considering creating a seperate topic to share your experiences of your journey to become OCAJP7 certified? And especially how you prepared after failing the exam for the first time (did you re-read the study guide, did you buy another study guide, did you re-used same mock exams or purchased another set, and so on). That might be very helpful for other ranchers and especially those who unfortunately have failed the exam.
 
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