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Hi,

I am currently studying for Java certification (OCA) and so far answered the questions at the end of the chapter of OCA book. Since I am new to Java, I found the questions a bit confusing and I failed to correctly answer most of them (as I checked the actual answers at the end of the chapter).

I would like to practice more such confusing code problems so that I can get used to them. Other than entuware mocks, are there any sites that allow to practice such Java code for certification exam?

Thanks,
 
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Well there is more then one OCA book out there, which one(s) did you get?
  • If you got this book 'OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-808 by Jeanne Boyarsky (Author), Scott Selikoff (Author)' then you can register online and you get not only flash cards, but 180 practice questions for the exam. The book also has end of chapter questions, which are not exam questions.
  • Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff also have a book with only OCA and OCP questions.
  • 'OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Exam Guide (Exams 1Z0-808) by Kathy Sierra (Author), Bert Bates (Author)' comes with more then 100 exam questions. The book also has end of chapter questions, which are not exam questions.
  • 'OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Certification Guide by Mala Gupta (Author)' has exam questions and end of chapter questions, which are not exam questions.
  • LiveLessons has a product or two as well, however these appear to cost more http://www.pearsonitcertification.com/search/index.aspx?query=java

  • As to which one(s) to get, if you are looking at getting another resouce? I can't tell you, because I don't know for sure.
    I can tell you that both Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff are on this site fairly often, and many people on this site seem to like this book.
    Mala Gupta, Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff books have been reviewed on this site, as well as elsewhere.
     
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    If you are using our book, I recommend going through the chapter again and writing code to see the concepts in action. Then do the end of chapter review questions a few more times to train your brain to look for this type of thing.

    Especially important is to do this before attempting any of the 180 online questions. Because there are only so many mock questions out there and you don't want to waste them before learning the material better.
     
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    Pete Letkeman wrote:Well there is more then one OCA book out there, which one(s) did you get?
  • If you got this book 'OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-808 by Jeanne Boyarsky (Author), Scott Selikoff (Author)' then you can register online and you get not only flash cards, but 180 practice questions for the exam. The book also has end of chapter questions, which are not exam questions.
  • Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff also have a book with only OCA and OCP questions.
  • 'OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Exam Guide (Exams 1Z0-808) by Kathy Sierra (Author), Bert Bates (Author)' comes with more then 100 exam questions. The book also has end of chapter questions, which are not exam questions.
  • 'OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Certification Guide by Mala Gupta (Author)' has exam questions and end of chapter questions, which are not exam questions.
  • LiveLessons has a product or two as well, however these appear to cost more http://www.pearsonitcertification.com/search/index.aspx?query=java

  • As to which one(s) to get, if you are looking at getting another resouce? I can't tell you, because I don't know for sure.
    I can tell you that both Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff are on this site fairly often, and many people on this site seem to like this book.
    Mala Gupta, Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff books have been reviewed on this site, as well as elsewhere.


    I did not mention which exam I am planning to take and neither I mentioned which book I purchased. Apologies for the same. I am preparing for 1Z-803 Certification (Java 7) and have purchased Kathy Sierra/Bert Bates book. Still thanks a lot for providing detailed inputs. if you have anything specific to Java 7 certification problems, then do let me know.
     
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    Harshad Riswadkar wrote:I would like to practice more such confusing code problems so that I can get used to them. Other than entuware mocks, are there any sites that allow to practice such Java code for certification exam?

    Learning a programming language is like driving a car: you don't learn how to drive a car by just reading a book (a few times), you have to get your hands dirty. During your preparation you should definitely write a boatload of small code snippets, preferably using your favourite text editor, javac (to compile your code) and java (to run your code). On the exam you need to assess code snippets, spot compiler errors, select the correct output,... (without an IDE). Each code snippet in the study guide should be the starting point to do plenty of experiments (change access modifier, change return type, add throws clause, mark an instance method static or final, and so on). And before you compile (and run) the program, you try to predict what will happen after you made the changes. Then you compile the program (and if it successfully compiles, run it as well) and see if your expectations/thoughts were correct.
     
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