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A year ago I didn't know what an object is. Today I passed the OCAJP 8 - 92%  RSS feed

 
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As said in the subject, a year ago, when I began learning Java, I didn't even know what an object is. My background is in (human) languages (Russian and English); I decided to learn programming because I felt I needed to learn something new.
At first I was completely lost; I didn't know what OOP means and when I learnt how to instantiate an object I was ready to throw a party I didn't know that there is a certification, and my progress was very slow. I went through Udacity's "Intro to Java", did all the exercises in CodingBat and Practice-It! (all these resources are free) and bought a manual on Java 8, that was OK but not really certification-oriented. After that I bought Boyarski's and Selikoff's manual.
When I did the Assessment Test, I got 4 answers right (out of 20). During the next months I went through the book twice (and read my notes twice again, and while I was reading, I kept thinking "where could the cert guys get me?"). I wrote tons of code snippets using a basic text editor and compiled it from the terminal. I used to check new topics here and read others' doubts and problems, along with the explanations. After that I got the Enthuware mock tests and I did a test once every two-three weeks (I didn't have much time, but I could find two or three hours every day - I was away from my wife, so I was free to sit before the screen until I felt sleepy). After doing a test, I went through all the answers (even the right ones) and took notes if I found out something I didn't know (in the end I had 20+ pages of notes).
My progress in Enthuware tests:
70% - 71% - 66% - 83% - 78% - 90% - (Last Day Test) 94%

My native language is Spanish, but I decided to do the test in English, because all I read about Java was in English (the test in Spanish is shorter, or at least it was when I paid for it - 77 questions instead of 80).
Today, when I got to the Certification center, I wasn't nervous - I was quite sure that I would pass. Also, this is not the first certification exam I do ((human) language certifications tend to be quite lenghty and exhausting, too).

This is my story, specially for those who, like me, are zero beginners

So I left the OCA behind and tomorrow I'll begin getting ready for the OCP
 
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hi Miguel,

great job, and congrats! Impressive achievement.
 
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Nice work Miguel, congratulations!

Miguel Callejón wrote:I wrote tons of code snippets using a basic text editor and compiled it from the terminal


I'm certain that doing this contributed greatly to your success. Nothing comes close to the knowledge and confidence gained from trying stuff out for real and experimenting with lots and lots of code.

Well done.
 
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Piet Souris wrote:hi Miguel,

great job, and congrats! Impressive achievement.



Thanks, Piet!
 
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Tim Cooke wrote:Nice work Miguel, congratulations!

Miguel Callejón wrote:I wrote tons of code snippets using a basic text editor and compiled it from the terminal


I'm certain that doing this contributed greatly to your success. Nothing comes close to the knowledge and confidence gained from trying stuff out for real and experimenting with lots and lots of code.

Well done.



Thanks, Tim! It was really helpful, but sometimes was really boring - you need to go over and over again throught the same material. But it does pay off!
 
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Miguel,
Congrats!

Oracle changed the length of the exam overall from 77 questions to 80 questions. It was dependent on timing rather than your choice of language.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Miguel,
Congrats!

Oracle changed the length of the exam overall from 77 questions to 80 questions. It was dependent on timing rather than your choice of language.



Thank you Jeanne, for your great study guide!
It looks like the exam is now more expensive, too -- I seem to remember that it was 220$ when I paid (although I ended up paying almost 250€, 21% taxes included) but now it costs 245$.
 
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Congratulations, Miguel! Excellent score
 
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Paul Anilprem wrote:Congratulations, Miguel! Excellent score


Thanks, Paul!
 
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Congratulation Miguel ! Very impressive score considering your background. People like you are real inspiration.
 
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Arvind Ramachander wrote:Congratulation Miguel ! Very impressive score considering your background. People like you are real inspiration.


Thank very much, Arvind! Really nice words
 
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Congratulations Miguel!
Being from a different major and taking the exam in a foreign language is very challenging. Great job
 
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Daniel Lobo wrote:Congratulations Miguel!
Being from a different major and taking the exam in a foreign language is very challenging. Great job


Thanks, Daniel! Actually, it was easier in English -- now I need to learn all the terminology in Spanish
 
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Congratulations Miguel Callejón !
Great score you have achieved in OCAJP. Good luck for your OCPJP journey.
 
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rajeswari kannan wrote:Congratulations Miguel Callejón !
Great score you have achieved in OCAJP. Good luck for your OCPJP journey.


Thank you, rajeswari kannan!
 
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Hi Miguel,

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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