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Finished and passed OCAJP. Whew!  RSS feed

 
John Carlos
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Score: 86%

I studied for 8 months.  I don't know if that is a lot, but I'm a busy person:  full-time job, one hour commute each way, and a child.  So that's how long it took me.

I used Enthuware and Boyarsky/Selikoff Study Guide and Practice Book

My Enthuware results were(chronological):

Test 1: 60%
Test 2: 69%
Test 3: 64%
Test 4: 80%
Test 5: 61%
Test 6: 76%
Test 7: 73%
Test 1: 87%
Test 2: 91%
Test 3: 83%
Test 4: 91%
Last Day Test : 79%

Lessons learned:
- Make an appointment early:  The center in my area only gives the exam 3 times per month, and it was pre-booked for an entire month.

- Speed: When I practiced the exam, I didn't time myself.  A busy life means it's impossible for me to sit down for 2.5 hours and practice.  I did my practice tests here and there, sections at a time.  My family would distract me and the Enthware timer would always run out, of course.  I didn't know you really need to be moving pretty quickly.  When I was one-third complete I checked the time and realized I had less than 2 minutes per question and I started to seriously panic.  I had to "use the force" on questions, meaning, I was not being thorough and it was quite uncomfortable considering the exam is deliberatly misleading and every question should be double-checked.

- When my work performance review came around, I added this certification to my goals for the year.  After doing that I realized that I could actually study a little bit at work.  Sweet!  On the flip side, it also meant that my boss knew I when I was going to take my test and that's where the source of my panic came from halfway through the exam.  I started having terrible thoughts that I wasn't going to pass and everyone knew I studied for 8 long months, and *still* didn't pass.  Geez.  It was a horrible feeling, and distracting.  I probably won't do that for OCPJP.  I'd rather be discrete.  If I fail, I can take it again without everybody knowing.

- Best advice:  Don't read the book too quickly.  Type up and compile all the examples.  Be sure to understand it all before moving on.  Be patient.  Use flashcards for review/Enthuware questions you get wrong. I read through the book once, without taking notes.  It was fine at first, but halfway through it started feeling daunting and I regretted it.  The second time I read it I did take notes, but I didn't like looking at my handwriting(not nearly as pleasant as printed text).  I read it a third time and I used flashcards.  I think that was the key because once I was done studying, the idea of using 2.5 hours of my life and taking another practice test for review repulsed me.  But I whipped out flashcards and went over them twice the morning of the exam.

- If you make flash cards, be sure to change the class and variable names so you don't recognize answers when you re-take a practice test

- Taking the test:  See if the answer has "Does not compile" or "None of the above".  If so, scan for compiler errors before wasting time calculating tricky nested loops and such.
 
Paul Anilprem
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Congratulations, John! Good score!!
We are glad to know that our material was helpful in your preparation

-Paul.
 
John Carlos
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Paul Anilprem wrote:Congratulations, John! Good score!!
We are glad to know that our material was helpful in your preparation

-Paul.


Enthuware was great.  Definitely recommend, and will use it for OCPJP.
 
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Congratulations John and hats off for your hardwork . Now take a bit of relax and then go to your next Target i.e, OCPJP.
Once again many many congratulations for your success.
 
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Congratulations ! Best of luck for your next exam preparation.
 
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Hi John,

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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Thanks everyone!  I have celebrated my victory.  Also received the OCP Boyarsky/Selikoff book and tomorrow I start the next step in this journey.
 
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