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Preparation for exam

 
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Hi,
I want to get OCAJP certificate this month, to achieve that i bought a course on Whizlabs and also Effective Java book. Do you have any advice for me what is good doing to prepare? Maybe some good site with exercises with which i could practice? Or maybe some project ideas that i could do? I don't use IDE to practice because i read that it is not recommended.
 
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There's a number of great study guides available, although don't take just my word for it.  

Seriously though, the Effective Java books are excellent for learning Java but may not teach you what you need to know to pass the exam.  The exam tends test more obscure things, often on the boundary of what you're likely to learn.  So definitely read the Effective Java book first, but supplement it with a study guide that will ask you the kinds of questions that are likely to appear on the exam.

Which exam and version of Java are you planning to study for?  In my experience, one month is not a lot of time to get ready.  You may want to considered 2-3 months unless you have a lot of previous Java or certification experience.
 
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Thanks for your reply i will look into it.  I'm planning to study for 1z0-808 Java 8 exam at least 2h a day. I actually have been playing with Java for about 3 years now, but it was all - find a solution on internet and copy it - like experience. I felt confident in Java until last week when i failed job interview to the lack of basic knowledge so i decided that i will get the certificate. Now when i did a diagnostic test on the site that i bought course on with no preparation whatsoever i scored 40%. I also think that 1 month is a short period but i will try my best to, i will take the exam when my scores gonna be in high 90%. Right now I'm most struggling with abstraction, interfaces and API.
 
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