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Failed at my first attempt of the OCA java 1Z0-808 exam

 
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I wrote the exam last week and only managed to get 45%

My preparation-Reading the Study guide by Jeanne and Scott. That's all I did.(I thought it would be an easy exam)
Background- I know the basics of java.

This time I've bought the study guide by Kathy Sierra.
I'm willing to put 7 hours of study a day. How long will it take to prepare for the exam?( I'm thinking 25 days)

And do I need to purchase an online course? (If yes, can someone suggest any good online courses)

I'm also thinking about purchasing the enthuware mock test package.

It would be really helpful if someone could guide me this time because I cannot afford to waste anymore money.
 
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Dhiksith Ravi wrote:This time I've bought the study guide by Kathy Sierra.
I'm willing to put 7 hours of study a day. How long will it take to prepare for the exam?( I'm thinking 25 days)


I don't think the problem was in the book you used, nor I think using different book the result would be impacted a lot because of the book change, however, have 2 books is better than have 1.

Anyway, when you say you think 25 days would be enough to prepare, I'd answer - don't think about the days, what do they change? Nothing. When you are prepared - you'll know it and you won't have questions. How long does it take it depends on individual.

II'm also thinking about purchasing the enthuware mock test package.


I'd definitely recommend that one, so you'll get a better sense where you are at the moment and after some time.
 
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I second that.

In all honesty, without the Enthuware exams I would not have been able to pass the exam.
 
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When I'm new to a topic, I find two books helpful to get different perspectives.

Make sure to do all the review and mock questions. Repeatedly. You should be able to identify the tricks in all the questions by the time you are done so you can spot them on the exam.
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