This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
Phew, I passed it this morning. Thanks whole-heartedly to the JavaRanch community, specially the people who patiently helped me clear my doubts over the last few months (Henry Wong, Neha Daga, Ankit Garg, Deepak Bala, Wouter Oet, Abimaran, so many more....)
Thanks too, to Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates for the wonderful preparation book.
The two questions I got wrong were on flow-control & OOP. That was surprising to me, because I had expected to get questions wrong in Generics, Threads, API content
etc, not the fundamentals.
The questions were pretty straight-forward. Not many Gotcha questions.
Make sure you have your basics of Inheritance, Method overriding/overloading, etc very, very clear. There were tons of questions on those and not so many on obscure API syntax.
I did preparation from K&B book (went through about 3 times, writing lots of code on the way) and Sun Site.
Also gave the following mock tests:
3 K&B Master Exams : Many questions were very similar
Niko's blog (topic wise questions) : excellent for thorough revision
2 ExamLab exams : Replicates the actual test environment very well, which made me comfortable actually taking the test. Also, toughens you up!!!
During the test, here is the strategy I followed: I left all the Drag & Drop questions for the end. Other than that: 1 hr for the first 30 questions, 1 hr for the last 30 questions and last 1 hr for the D&D questions + the marked questions (where I wasn't sure my answer was right). I discovered that I could easily fly through the D&D questions once the brain had warmed-up enough after 2 hrs . Ofcourse, different strategies might work for different people.
Above all, just hanging around here at JavaRanch, asking questions and trying to answer other questions, was a big learning experience.
"A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” - Charles F. Kettering
SCJP 6, OCPJWCD
Actually the first time I congratulated him was in 11-2-2010. I was searching for my name in the category and I thought I selected only the recent threads but apparently something went horribly wrong (I hoped no one would notice ).