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Hi ranchers!
I'm studying for ACAJP exam and, during the first exam sessions a doubt had arisen:
How do Oracle counts a partial answered question in the exam?

For axample: I had answered a question with six options, three of which were right. But I checked only two of them.
Is that answer judge completely wrong or counted good for 2/3?
 
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Daniele Barell wrote:I'm studying for ACAJP exam


I think that you mean the OCAJP and not the ACAJP exam.

All questions on the exam are worth the exact same amount which is about 1.43% of your grade.
In the end you need to get at least 46 questions correct, but you should try for more then that.

Questions are marked as either correct or incorrect, there is not faction rewarded for getting part of the question correct.

You mentioned that you are experiencing some self doubt at the moment. Are you willing to share how you have prepared thus far?
The OCA Wall Of Fame https://coderanch.com/wiki/659980/Ocajp-Wall-Fame can be a useful resource in seeing how others prepared and what resources they used.

My preparations included using Enthuware, a few study guides and writing plenty of code using Notepad.
Like you I was experiencing some doubts so I pushed back the exam three different times to give myself more time to learn.
 
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Pete Letkeman wrote:

Daniele Barell wrote:I'm studying for ACAJP exam


I think that you mean the OCAJP and not the ACAJP exam.


uh, pardon.
OCAJP of course!

Pete Letkeman wrote:
All questions on the exam are worth the exact same amount which is about 1.43% of your grade.
In the end you need to get at least 46 questions correct, but you should try for more then that.


Mmm...I'm not experiencing such brillant results...46 correct question could be excelent to me !

Pete Letkeman wrote:
Questions are marked as either correct or incorrect, there is not faction rewarded for getting part of the question correct.


that's a pity! But better to know at first stage....

Pete Letkeman wrote:
You mentioned that you are experiencing some self doubt at the moment. Are you willing to share how you have prepared thus far?
The OCA Wall Of Fame https://coderanch.com/wiki/659980/Ocajp-Wall-Fame can be a useful resource in seeing how others prepared and what resources they used.


Just bookmarked some weeks ago!

Pete Letkeman wrote:
My preparations included using Enthuware, a few study guides and writing plenty of code using Notepad.
Like you I was experiencing some doubts so I pushed back the exam three different times to give myself more time to learn.


I don't consider myself a brillant student. I'm quite slow and powerless.
Anyway I'm writing code with Notepad++ for a bit of keyword hightlights. Twenty lines of code like what it should found in the exam.
Also, despite my wife's protest, I pasted some schemes and APIs on my wardrobe in front of our bed, so to have a chance to take a look at them early in the morning or before going to sleep.
(My wife watches television, I observe an immutable object in the heap before being lost...)
But on mock exams, that's when problems really arise! Even on the subjects I feel prepared I have lots of distractions and also I'm quite slow.
And that's frustrating. Looking at the Wall of Fame page, I demand myself how they could achieve such great results. Boh!
Often I have some negative thoughts about this goal. I don't even know if I wanto to continue to be a developer!
But untill now I've continued to work on it.
I read Jeanne Boyarsky calculating three month of study to reach the exam. I will give myself more.
First I will consulted another guide(the Mala Gupta one) then I think I will go into Enthuwave. But I don't want to burn out the mock tests going into them too early.
I would like to obtain some encouraging results.

Anyway.

Thank you very much Pete!
 
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The Sybex OCA Study Guide by Jeanne Boyarsky & Scott Selikoff has been used by many as a resource and Mala Gupta's OCA guide is helpful as well.
I actually used those two books, plus the OCA 808 guide by Kathy and Bert.

Daniele Barell wrote:But I don't want to burn out the mock tests going into them too early.

Excellent idea as you should only really be taking each mock exam/test once or twice at the most.
Before you purchase another resource let me remind you that that if you register the Sybex OCA Study Guide by Jeanne Boyarsky & Scott Selikoff book online you get the following extras:
  • flash cards for quick response to questions
  • end of chapter tests from the book, but they are online and it can be easier to use this type of test
  • three different mock exams each with 60 exam like questions

  • Not everyone absorbs the material the same way. Here is the way that I used to read the study guides to trick myself in learning the material better
    https://coderanch.com/t/684504/certification/continue-review-chapter-finally#3212329

    Daniele Barell wrote:I don't consider myself a brillant student. I'm quite slow and powerless.


    Many people on this site do think that the questions/exams are difficult and there are some stories on people not passing on this site and their experiences.
    I do suspect that there are many more, who choose not to publicize their failure on this site.
    Even some people who are seasoned Java developers have a hard time with some of the questions on these tests and have not done as well as they wanted to.

    Daniele Barell wrote:But on mock exams, that's when problems really arise! Even on the subjects I feel prepared I have lots of distractions and also I'm quite slow.


  • Are you able to steal two hours to take the mock exam in a room without any distractions?
  • Which mock exams have you tried so far?

  • Remember that you can post your questions about the questions in the mock test/exams on this site and people will be able to not only explain the question but how to get the results.
    Please be sure to quote your sources when posting those questions so that everyone can put them into the correct context and so that this site does not break and copy right laws.
     
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    Hi Pete.
    First of all have a Pie!
    Then:

    Pete Letkeman wrote:The Sybex OCA Study Guide by Jeanne Boyarsky & Scott Selikoff has been used by many as a resource and Mala Gupta's OCA guide is helpful as well.
    I actually used those two books, plus the OCA 808 guide by Kathy and Bert [...]
    Before you purchase another resource let me remind you that that if you register the Sybex OCA Study Guide by Jeanne Boyarsky & Scott Selikoff book online you get the following extras:

  • flash cards for quick response to questions
  • end of chapter tests from the book, but they are online and it can be easier to use this type of test
  • three different mock exams each with 60 exam like questions


  • Well I know I'm goig to express not so popular opinions and criticism in this beautiful forum, but:
    - I've finished Katy and Bert's one and I'm reading it again. I found it very well-deepen and brillant on some subjects but maybe too shallow on others, mostly in Chapter 6 and new date/time API in particular.
    - On Mala Gupta's I expect to fill some gaps on those subjects first, then to acquire an other opportunity to walk around some pivotal topics.
    - I choose Mala Gupta's over Jeanne & Scott's one (but definetly I'm not rejecting this one) because I noted a certain numbers of errata on the latter.

    Pete, as you read them all, can you express your opinion about them? What's the guide impresses you most? And why?

    Pete Letkeman wrote:
    Many people on this site do think that the questions/exams are difficult and there are some stories on people not passing on this site and their experiences.
    I do suspect that there are many more, who choose not to publicize their failure on this site.
    Even some people who are seasoned Java developers have a hard time with some of the questions on these tests and have not done as well as they wanted to.


    Surely it's not an great spot to publish a failure, though it could be a useful experience as well for other forumists.

    I did't found the OCAJP program very difficult at first sight.
    What's really makes me crazy during the mock test is that trickiness of many questions. I mean: I'm totally driven to resolve an algorithm, to get a variable value after a loop, or discover if char \u00f4 equals 48, then it turns out that the compilation fails because of a missing import statement, a curly brace closed before you print the value of the variable, or the value \u00f4 which is not in the apexes!

    Pete Letkeman wrote:

    Daniele Barell wrote:But on mock exams, that's when problems really arise! Even on the subjects I feel prepared I have lots of distractions and also I'm quite slow.


  • Are you able to steal two hours to take the mock exam in a room without any distractions?
  • Which mock exams have you tried so far?

  • Remember that you can post your questions about the questions in the mock test/exams on this site and people will be able to not only explain the question but how to get the results.
    Please be sure to quote your sources when posting those questions so that everyone can put them into the correct context and so that this site does not break and copy right laws.


    Ok. But are you sure it is enough to mention the source in order to publish the question you have doubt about?
     
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    Daniele Barell wrote:First of all have a Pie!

    Thank you very much.

    Daniele Barell wrote:Well I know I'm goig to express not so popular opinions and criticism in this beautiful forum

    Differing opinions are fine in this site as long as it's kept professional and respectful.

    Daniele Barell wrote:Pete, as you read them all, can you express your opinion about them? What's the guide impresses you most? And why?

    I'm not too sure how to best answer this question because:
  • It's been more then four months since I first read the books in question.
  • I believe that everyone is different as such each book will have different value for each person.
  • Each person will have different history which affects how they learn.
  • I did express some of my opinions of the books here https://coderanch.com/t/685043/certification/passed#3219613.
  • I know that I'm not the most articulate person/writer out there and it can take time/trys for me to get my thoughts written down for others to understand them.
  • I suspect that most of the study guides will have been reviewed are those reviews can be found here https://coderanch.com/c/books.

  • Daniele Barell wrote:I mean: I'm totally driven to resolve an algorithm, to get a variable value after a loop, or discover if char \u00f4 equals 48,
    then it turns out that the compilation fails because of a missing import statement,
    a curly brace closed before you print the value of the variable, or the value \u00f4 which is not in the apexes!

    You do not need to know the unicode, ascii code value or anything like that for the exam and you don't need to know how to convert numbers either.
    You do need to know how different numbers are defined e.g. binary, hex, oct and decimal.

    Daniele Barell wrote:Ok. But are you sure it is enough to mention the source in order to publish the question you have doubt about?

    Here is the official policy on quoting sources https://coderanch.com/wiki/659928/Quote-Sources.
    I believe that one or more of the site moderators, owners etc are the creators/maintainers of that page.
    But I'm not too sure what exactly is needed to avoid copy right laws in this case, but quoting your sources is at least part of the solution.
     
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    Dear Daniele

    You should try Thinking in Java 3rd edition by Bruce Eckel, its free to download. Here's a link:  http://www.mindview.net/Books/TIJ/
    Personally I'm a huge fan and I feel 4th Edition is worth buying.

    I'm still very new to java, only on page 160 of the 4th edition, I'm teaching myself, so its a little slow.

    Good luck
     
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    Ira Fletcher wrote:Dear Daniele

    You should try Thinking in Java 3rd edition by Bruce Eckel, its free to download. Here's a link:  http://www.mindview.net/Books/TIJ/
    Personally I'm a huge fan and I feel 4th Edition is worth buying.

    I'm still very new to java, only on page 160 of the 4th edition, I'm teaching myself, so its a little slow.

    Good luck



    Thank you Ira.
    Nice book-cover!
    I will try.
    But now I'm all-focused on the exam-related books: everything that doesn't explicitly cover "OCA Java 8 1Z0-808" blurs in background.
     
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