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Passed the OCA 1ZO-808 at 67%

 
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Hey guys,

just thought I'd share my story a little regarding my recent ( very close to the line ) pass on the OCA exam. I wish I could have gotten a little higher in the exam but I didn't have a lot of time to squeeze in all the learning as I pretty much spent a total of 6 weeks on the exam as a whole. Regardless, I ended up passing with 67% just 2% above the pass line and I'm glad since previously I'd never picked up Java ( or a qualification for over 5 years ) and spent most of the time unlearning my now clearly apparent awful habbits I picked up while working with PHP. I'm not sure if its worth retaking this exam to get a higher score as a "pass is a pass" and I'm confident to move onto the OCP and work on the areas that I struggled in. It was mostly nerves on the exam day I feel that set me back, I ended up finishing with 10 minutes left on the exam and my head went completely blank as soon as I walked into the test center. It also didn't help that just before I walked into the test center I got distracted about music talk with the exam administrator. I'd struggled with depression for a few months prior to picking up the book, so for me. The real victory was being able to dedicate my self to something and pass an exam, even if it was literally just over the mark.

The things I could have improved on are very simple and apparent. I didn't spend enough time actually playing with Java writing sample applications. I thought spending lots and lots of time on the mock exams would have me covered but I ended up finding questions on the real exam of which I hadn't encountered on the mock. There was a few times I'd never seen code like this before and I was struggling to understand what exactly was compile erroring or not. So if you can take anything away from this, WRITE MORE SAMPLE APPLICATIONS! It really helps and I feel if I wrote some more applications before I hit the exam I might have been able to get a few higher marks.



Anyway, I'm going to be diving into the OCP as soon as I can and keep the ball rolling. If you guys think that I should resit this test to get a higher score, please let me know!

 
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Congratulations, don't take this test again. I'm not even too sure if your would be allowed to, because you passed.
I do suggest that you take your time, go over your notes, try out Enthuware and look at the stories on both https://coderanch.com/wiki/659980/Ocajp-Wall-Fame and https://coderanch.com/wiki/659976/OCPJP-Wall-Fame.

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Pete Letkeman wrote:I'm not even too sure if your would be allowed to, because you passed.


You are not allowed to take an exam once you pass it. (This is so companies don't go take the exam a bunch of times and memorize the answers.)

Luckily, it is a pass/fail exam so your score doesn't matter.  It is a good warning for you to study differently for the OCP. That's a far harder exam. I do recommend you re-read the sections you scored low on in your study guide as the OCP assumes OCA knowledge. (And if you took the exam without a study guide, buy an OCP study guide. It's well worth the investment in the time you'll save.)

Fun fact, there are a few people who got two pass marks on the OCP 8:
  • Oracle had a grading error on the OCP 8 beta. So some people were told they failed. The score was updated some time later after these people took and passed the exam. So their records show two passes.
  • The OCP 8 and OCP 8 upgrade are different exams. (Other than cert authors, I can't imagine who would take both though.
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