This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide 1Z0-808 and have Jeanne Boyarsky & Scott Selikoff on-line! See this thread for details.
My mark wasn't as good (only 66% for me) but given that I didn't manage to spend as long preparing as I should have (or rather, I wasn't expecting it to take me so long to prepare) I'm just glad I managed to pass it.
The study guide I was using was a set of Oracle interactive courses, in particular I was using WJ-2751-SE6, WJ-2752-SE6, WJ-2753-SE6 and WJ-2754-SE6.
They were ok, but if I were to have to do this exam again I would use a different one, as they don't seem to go into the same level of depth as the requirements for the exam. Also the lab exercises are very easy, and there isn't many of them either.
Luckily I had Bates and Sierra Practice Exams book. I only had time to do the the first two tests, mainly because after doing each one I took the time to code every question that had code in it to generate a better understanding of the objective being asked about. I really was following their mantra of code-code-code, and it really does help. For each question I wrote a short summary of a lesson learned from it, and was able to print these out on the day of the exam for me to read over on the way to the test centre.
One thing I have to say is that I found that a lot of the questions in the real exam seemed a lot easier than in the book. I know the book says this is to be expected, but I though there was quite a big gap between the two. My mark in the real exam wasn't that great, but in the two practice exams I found the time to do I got less than 50% so to be honest I wasn't really expecting to pass.
Anyway, I'm just glad to have passed. Next up for me is the SCJD assignement!