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OCAJP 8 test preparation

 
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I have been preparing for the 1Z0-808 test for a little over 2 months now.  Taking Enthuware tests have been very discouraging so far: I took tests 1 through 4, scoring less than 60% at all times. This makes me worry a lot. I have read the book from Boyarski and Selikoff but  could not find material to practice coding (that has always been my problem: not having exercises to practice coding) and now, I have a bad feeling about my upcoming test attempt. The book said to scan this forum for coding issues to solve, but there is no dedicated topic for such questions, or at least I could not find any. Could someone point me in the right direction, please? This lack of practice pushed me to polish my googling skills: I google everything, anything related to a coding problem to solve because I have no clue how to solve such cases. I am conscious I cannot get/will not last at a job like that and am willing to change, thus my quest for practice regarding both the OCAJP 8 test and my coding in general.
Thanks in advance for your help.
 
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We don't have a list of such projects; maybe you would like to compile such a list and post it? Please search this forum and this one, where I shall add this discussion, for “projects”. Lots of people ask that sort of question and we tell them to think of anything. What do you want? What would your friends want? Database of transactions on your bank account? Membership records for a local football club? Animated clock to appear in the corner of your computer screen? The sky's the limit, but remember:-
  • 1: Be sure to post the progress of your work. We shall be only too pleased to help you refine and improve it.
  • 2: Can you enrol for a University course on computer sciences?
  • 3: The projects will greatly improve your programming and teach you to write good code, which will help you get a job. Put them in a public Git repository and show them to prospective employers.
  • 4: The OCA exam often shows you bad code, so the skills for passing OCA are slightly different from the skills for writing good code.
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    For projects, you may want to try this book. I haven't read it and so, I am not sure if it will be helpful or not.

    We have found that for OCA certification exam preparation, short coding exercises as given at the end of chapters in this book is more helpful than developing larger projects (which are more useful for the OCM Java Developer certification). You may start with those.
     
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    Paul Anilprem wrote:. . . this book. . . . .

    Sing Sign up on the publisher's website and get it at the special Christmas reduced price

    [edit]Spelling correction.
     
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    Took enthuware's test 5 today after weeks of extensive preparation. Outcome wasn't good at all. 47%
    Got the OCAJP8 test at the end of the coming week; not sure I'll make it... I cannot afford to postpone it again but my enthuware result isn't encouraging at all
    the threads suggested above seems to be an infinite loop of diverse and mixed issues, not in direct relation with the topics I have to master for the OCAPJ8 test.
    don't know what else to do to be certain to pass the test on D-day
     
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    If you are getting 47% on proacice exams, you shouldn't take the real test at all. If you must take it, do lots of revision from the book and make sure to get better scores on the practice exams.
     
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