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Passed OCAJP with 88%  RSS feed

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I passed the OCAJP 8 exam yesterday with 88% score. I was not at all happy with the score since I knew I could have done much better. Here is some information that I can give out from my experience:-

How I prepared?
I spent around two weeks to prepare for the exam. I work a job, so I could only study during the evenings (around 3-4 hours every evening). During the weekends I could study more. I read the OCAJP 8 study guide written by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff thoroughly. And I revised the chapters a few times to make sure I remember all the concepts well. I did *not* do any practice tests at all. I only attempted the questions in the book at the end of each chapter. It has like 20-30 questions at the end of each chapter, and a total of 6 chapters.

Exam experience:-
A little harder than I had expected. But it was easy in general. Of course my score doesn't reflect that I found the questions easy :-). That is because I messed up my time management. I was very slow. For some questions I was quite sure of my answer, but I still checked it like 2-3 times just to see if there isn't a hidden trick that I had missed and that I had read the question well. This is something I should not have done. The result was that I just finished the exam in time. I had only 5 seconds left after having answered the last question. During the test I marked around 10 questions for review, but reviewed none.

My recommendations:-
The exam is easy in general for people who are already familiar with Java, after all it is entry level. If you want to get a close to perfect score, you should do some practice tests. Even doing one would make a difference. Because one doesn't just find new information with practice tests, but also learns how to pace during the test which is key to getting a good score. You will also learn in what ways can they try to trick you with their questions. I didn't attempt any tests because I just wanted to get done with it as quickly as possible.

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Congrats Adeel. It's a pass/fail exam. So while we are proud of higher scores, the cert is still the cert. And you passed.
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Congratulations, Adeel! Good score
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