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Passing OCPJP: my story!

Valentin Musoiu

Joined: Jul 21, 2010
Posts: 21
Hello, all!

It is, indeed a relief to have finished the OCPJP exam, and to get such a high score (95%). However, it is not that hard, when you really want to learn java, and you have a place like this. Thank you all; those who ask questions as well as those who answer questions on this forum. Here I learned a lot about how to be "empatic" with the compiler, how to try to think like it. The result of the exam just confirmed the state in which I am on this pleasant journey!

Moreover, without the books of Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates, Khalid Mughal & Rolf Rasmussen, the journey wouldn't have been that pleasant and efficient. Complementary both in style and information, the two works were the perfect combination for me.

Another life-saver was, of course, Devaka Cooray's Examlab. It was indeed useful to get acquainted to the exam's interface.

And, of course, also found on my prayer list are the people who maintain sites like those on this list:Mock tests

Now, the story goes this way:
I read KS&BB twice and then KM&RR once. I tried almost everything on my IDE and, towards the end, only with the javac command...
Meanwhile I took almost every exam found here
I took the Exam Lab tests as a preparedness test (although they are much more than that). I got a more than complementing average (D:72%, E1:75%, E2:77%, E3: 77%, FE: 86%)...
Unfortunately, I didn't learn well the APIs (here I lost 2 of the 3 questions).
I didn't sleep well last night. I was nervous.
I went to the testing site. The monitor they put me in front of was, probably, older than me, having a refresh rate that I thought it would be giving me a head ache.

I had the time to pass 2 times through all the questions and 3 times through the tricky ones.
I pressed "End" and, like Pavlov's dog, I waited for the print certificate to appear on the screen (like it does on Exam Lab)
It didn't, of course. I had to hold my breath for a couple of minutes more.

I still made a T-shirt. I took the liberty of changing the title of the exam from "Sun Certified Java Programmer" to "Fun Certified Java Programmer". I even striked out "Sun" and wrote above "Fun". (Yes, I am a geek, and I am proud of it!)

It is a wonderful experience. I recommend it to anyone!

Good luck to you on your exams, green horns!

OCPJP 6 95%
Minhaj Mehmood
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Joined: Jan 22, 2007
Posts: 400

Congratulations buddy

SCJP6 96% | SCWCD5 81% | SCDJWS5 79%
Devaka Cooray
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Joined: Jul 29, 2008
Posts: 3927

Congratulations, Valentin
Glad to know that ExamLab helped.

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Gari Jain
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Joined: Jun 29, 2009
Posts: 100

I too passed OCPJP today

OCPJP 6-100%; Preparing for GATE11
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Deepak Bala

Joined: Feb 24, 2006
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Congrats !

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Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
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Nice job!

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Valentin Musoiu

Joined: Jul 21, 2010
Posts: 21
Thank you!

Every word of encouragement from you, guys, is precious!

PS: Congratulations, Gari! 100%? Wow!
Bejja Hassan

Joined: Aug 27, 2009
Posts: 9
well done
ali bergen

Joined: Apr 16, 2011
Posts: 5

Thanks for sharing your experience!

Great JOB.
Rahul Sudip Bose
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Joined: Jan 21, 2011
Posts: 637

Congratulations ! Thanks for sharing your experience.

good luck for the future

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Ikpefua Jacob-Obinyan
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Joined: Aug 31, 2010
Posts: 394

Great Job!...

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Vijitha Kumara

Joined: Mar 24, 2008
Posts: 3902

Congrats Valentin & Gari

And Welcome to JavaRanch, Liaquat Ali

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Bert Bates

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Awesome job Valentin, we're glad the book helped!

Ausan Abdulhabib
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Joined: Apr 25, 2010
Posts: 68

And thanks for sharing your experience.

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