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After OCA 1Z0-808 - Preparation Strategy for OCJP 1Z0-809?

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Hi all,

I did my 1ZO-808 test yesterday - 77% was OK for a "non-coding" manager - but even that was not a box of chocolates :-). It was not like
you did the Enthuware exams and it's all easy going - it was not significantly easier than the Enthuware stuff. And you needed to work 2 hours with full concentration,
Maybe I'll post me preparation story somewhat later. After an exam may be before the next exam :-), hence I'm thinking of how to prepare for the
OCP Java SE 8 Programmer II Exam

Short note about my background: MS in Computer science (26 years ago). Worked 20 years thereof as more or less a noncoding manager.
Last hard programming background before the exam: C++ and Smalltalk: Which makes you eligible for quite a few of the traps in the exam
like "Everything's an objectt" (maybe in Smalltalk - but not so in Java) or an "unsigned char" declaration (good for C++, somewhere in the Enthuware stuff) :-).
Preparation time for OCA: Roughly 200 hours using Boyarski Selikoff OCA book (OK) , Oracle online material on Java 8, Enthuware exams (excellent!)

In my OCA exam i had about 25 minutes left after the first pass - which I think is OK but not comfortable. If I extrapolate this to the OCP-Exam
then I get the impression that this will be much tougher (Rocky road to Dublin :-))
# 85 questions instead of 70
# same passing score 65%
# same time 150 mins
# on average tougher questions - and also: I had a very time consuming factor that the questions plus the answers did not fit on the same screen
in the test center (some 20" screen). Had to scroll down up to two pages and not seeing the code for the answers and vice versa is error prone
and time consuming.

Has anybody got an idea whether there is more questions in OCP that are fast to solve - my impression from a Enthuware preview was more that
there is less of those "nice time saving questions" in the "next level"

Has anybody got an idea of how much time I would need to invest in order to safely pass the next level. 80% would be OK
My current guess would be something like 500 hours with a big emphasis on picking up speed (exercise, exercise, exercise)

Any thoughts and experiences?


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No, there aren't many "nice easy fast" questions on the OCP. My best guess is that it will take you 2-3 times as long to study to pass the OCP with the same score as on the OCA.
So there I was, trapped in the jungle. And at the last minute, I was saved by this tiny ad:
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