I am fairly new on this forum but just wanted to talk about my experience with taking the oracle certified associate 8 exam today.
I have no prior experience working as a software developer. My previous jobs were a meat market manager and a stock broker lol. I recently finished my first semester in college where I had a few basic programming courses and these involved python. I tried many times to learn and prepare for this exam but after getting a 10% on the VERY EASY test a couple months ago, I thought there would be no way for me to ever pass this.
I finished off my current semester December 12th 2019 and I missed the feeling of having to learn and having to do homework(weird right i know lol). So starting that day I told myself I will pass the OCA in one month. (My original plan was to take it by the end of last year). I bought the book by Jeeane Boyarksy and Scott Selikoff and got to work. My current job is mostly based from out of the office and I am only required to come in 3 days a week which gave me alot of time to study. I read the book front to back I would say atleast 10-15 times. I spent the last month 12 hours+ studying, this included christmas, new years eve, new years day. I celebrated the start of the decade by doing enthuware mock tests lol. My enthuware mocks were as follows.
test 1: 50%
test 2: 70%
test 3: 77%
Finaly day test: 74%
As you can see I skipped a fair amount of tests because I noticed that a lot of the material repeats itself. My biggest source of knowledge came from doing all the objective tests on earthenware and in the book.
In my humble opinion, I think the real exam is cakewalk as compared to the enthuware tests. I finished the whole exam id say in about 50 mins or so and for the rest of the time I went back and reread and re-analyzed every single question. This is mainly due to the fact, that when i first sat down, I was so nervous and and my brain was foggy. I didnt sleep good last night either.
Guys do not stress this exam. It is nowhere near as hard as the examples in the book or enthuware. Or maybe did I just get lucky with my questions?
Anyways best of luck to everyone, and please let me know if you have any questions about what was on the exam. I am glad to help out.