The new book looks great from what I can see on the Amazon 'look inside'!
For an experienced java programmer, would you recommend starting at the Self Test at the end of each chapter and then going back and studying the relevant chapter only if you 'fail' that particular test?
I'm impatient, easily distracted, and rarely work my way through technical books from cover to cover...
These exams are surprisingly difficult, even for experienced Java programmers. Your plan might work, but the end of chapter mock exams don't cover EVERY topic in the chapter. If you can really do honest self-assessment (which is also hard), you might also review the "two minute drill" bullet points and honestly assess whether you know all of the details.
Also, the book comes with two complete mock exams, so you could also take one of those early in your studies, see how you do, and focus your studies on the areas where you don't do well.
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Julian Isaac wrote:For an experienced java programmer, would you recommend starting at the Self Test at the end of each chapter and then going back and studying the relevant chapter only if you 'fail' that particular test?
Let's start with a warning: the OCAJP certification exam requires a more in-depth knowledge of Java basics than you need to know to write Java applications. If you are programming an application you have one very good friend, namely your IDE. And this BFF complains each time you do something which is not allowed (illegal override, unreachable code, illegal cast,...). But on the actual exam you are completely on your own, no BFF to help you; and that's the reason why you need a much more in-depth Java knowledge.
And here's my advice: I would definitely buy Enthuware mock exams. There is absolutely no reason to doubt about this purchase! It's only 10 USD and excellent value for money. The Enthuware mock exams software provides a starter test besides 6 full mock exams. Just take this starter test in "real exam mode" (time limit, only use pen & paper) and the score will tell you immediately if you are ready for the actual exam. If you consistently score 80% or more on the mock exams (on first attempt), you'll very likely to pass the actual exam. If you score less than 80%, you should do some additional studying before taking another mock exam using a study guide or online recources or both. So based on your mock exam score and the exam objectives you score low on, you immediately know which chapters from this study guide you have to focus on
In the OcajpFaq (besides other very useful information) and this thread you'll find an overview of all available (free and commercial) resources (study guides, mock exams, video courses,...) to thorougly prepare yourself for the certification exam. And on the OcajpWallOfFame you'll find plenty of (links to) experiences from other ranchers (including resources they have used). So it can be useful to determine which resources are useful (and which are not).