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OCA Java SE 7 Review (1z1-803) - Not written by me

Anniruddh Rana
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Joined: Nov 30, 2011
Posts: 18

Hi Folks,

I stumbled upon a fellow netizen's blog and found out a review of the beta OCAJ 7 exam.

Kindly follow the link to visit the post.

I hope this proves helpful for others aiming at OCAJ 7.

Regards
Anniruddh.

PS: It will be helpful if other interested developers who have appeared for OCAJ 7 may add their reviews below if they feel like or as a comment at the blog
R Hoefer
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Joined: Oct 27, 2011
Posts: 10
I took this exam today. I didn't have any questions on the JDBC API or Locale class.
Anniruddh Rana
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Joined: Nov 30, 2011
Posts: 18

R Hoefer wrote:I took this exam today. I didn't have any questions on the JDBC API or Locale class.


Hello Hoefer,

What was the format of the questions, were there are descriptive questions where-in we have to write answers or only multiple choice and drag-drop?

Did the exam consist of 120 questions? According to you what was the level of difficulty and if possible could you give us an example of the principle upon which the tricky questions were based (Example and not the question).

And as usual any other information that you think would help us will be useful.

Regards,
Anniruddh
R Hoefer
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Joined: Oct 27, 2011
Posts: 10
Exam was 120 questions, I had three hours to take it. The test I took consisted of only multiple choice answers. (No drag and drop or fill in the blank).

A few questions had extra code to be evaluated on a separate tab (but it was fairly simple. Only one tab, one class per tab [that I remember]).

There were quite a few basic questions and code examples which were pretty straight forward. I think the trickier questions came in with inheritance on my version.

I only remember being tested on the diamond operator and the "string" switch statement from project coin.

As far as basics, I had what seemed like an awful lot of questions regarding StringBuilder class.


I'll update if I can remember anything else.

Edit:

As far as studying, I printed out quite a bit of material from the Java Tutorials. I have also previously read through the SCJP 6 study guide from McGraw-Hill and there's another java 6 reference that I can't recall the name of.


Anniruddh Rana
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Joined: Nov 30, 2011
Posts: 18

Thanks a lot Hoefer,

I think this information will come in handy for my OCA examination tomorrow, I just hope there isnt much of inner nested classes etc.

The only books I have referred to for Java are:
The Java Programming Language by James Gosling
and
Java Puzzlers by Joshua Bloch

I have a couple of years of experience in core java to back myself up. But for the last couple of years I have been working mostly on JSPs.

Hope to share my experience with you folks soon enough

Anniruddh
Tina Smith
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Joined: Jul 21, 2011
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I took the exam today as well. I wouldn't say the questions are hard, but you have to know your basics, know them well, and read the question through twice. I only caught two questions that refer to something new in Java 7.

The outline on Oracle's site covers pretty much everything on the test, I don't think they've taken broad interpretations with their exam objectives. Questions were multiple choice, single or multiple answer. You are given the number of correct answers. (always handy - I hate those exams where you're given choices from a to i and "select all that apply")

I was expecting some questions on how to compile java from the command line (from the Java 6 OCJP forum it sounded like this might be something to know), but it's not on the exam objectives. Also, no JDBC or Locale questions, but they have to save something for the OCJP exam (especially since it's highlighted in the upgrade to OCJP exam).


Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. ~Robert A. Heinlein
Anniruddh Rana
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Joined: Nov 30, 2011
Posts: 18

Tina Smith wrote:I took the exam today as well. I wouldn't say the questions are hard, but you have to know your basics, know them well, and read the question through twice. I only caught two questions that refer to something new in Java 7.

The outline on Oracle's site covers pretty much everything on the test, I don't think they've taken broad interpretations with their exam objectives. Questions were multiple choice, single or multiple answer. You are given the number of correct answers. (always handy - I hate those exams where you're given choices from a to i and "select all that apply")

I was expecting some questions on how to compile java from the command line (from the Java 6 OCJP forum it sounded like this might be something to know), but it's not on the exam objectives. Also, no JDBC or Locale questions, but they have to save something for the OCJP exam (especially since it's highlighted in the upgrade to OCJP exam).



Just came back from the examination center, I would concur with you Tina, that the questions weren't difficult if you know your basics well. I had 3 questions related to Java 7: 2 w.r.t Switch and one with diamond operator (type inference); and all the questions had choices underneath (felt like I was on the hot seat of who wants to be a millionaire).

My exam set did not have any questions w.r.t Resource bundle Or JDBC.

What it did contain were questions on scoping, String builder, String equivalence, inheritance, de-referencing, arrays, ArrayList (do go through the java doc for AL), method overloading, overriding, encapsulation and definitely Exceptions.

I believe I received the same exam set as "R Hoefer" above (should have bribed you for some questions earlier :P)

In the end it was fun, I hope OCJP 7(1z1-804) is the same whenever it releases.

Looking forward to writing the same in Beta

Anniruddh
Giridharan Ravi
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Joined: Dec 10, 2011
Posts: 2
Seems the exam objectives changed...

JDBC, ResourceBundle removed from now webpage
Giridharan Ravi
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Joined: Dec 10, 2011
Posts: 2
Took the exam today..


No qns from ResourceBundle n JDBC


Questions from Scoping, Strings(Equivalence n Building) Inheritance, Arrays, ArrayList,Overloading,Encaps,Exceptions and Building java files were on the set..
 
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