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Relief - OCA7 Pass

 
Louis Bros
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Hey guys, sat the Java SE 7 Programmer 1 exam today and passed with 93%

Some info:

I finished the exam with 10min left which I used to review 3 questions I'd 'marked'.

To prepare I used the K&B book. Having read it a while ago I reread only the chapters suggested by Bert Bates http://www.coderanch.com/t/587227/ocaja/certification/Java-OCA.
I then reviewed the relevant two minute drills a few times and made small programs to clear any of the points I wasn't sure on.

Instead of doing the practice exams in the book I also used the Enthuware practice exams. I did all five Standard tests over until I got a mark over 90%.

Hope this info helps.

Cheers,

Louis
 
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congratulations!
 
neha. bajaj
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please share your exam experience regarding topics.
 
Johnny Fanta
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Just getting into the hard slog of study, I thought I knew a lot until I started doing the test exams and I'm doing really poorly but it's still the beginning.
I have the K&B book and I've started the Enthuware practice exams.
 
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I just passed today as well. I studied for the SCJP6 but, being a student at the time, $70 seemed like too much for my mediocre practice test scores.

I got a 72% consistently with the Enthuware tests over the past week (haven't used Java much in the past couple years).

I don't recall how much time I spent on each portion (test, unanswered, marked, reviewed is my order for pretty much all tests of any sort). I know I went in at 11:10 and left at 12:40, though so it wasn't too bad!

My main questions were regarding things which you don't experience in the wild often, such as whether it's legal to use a default privacy class for your main(String[]) routine (it is, it seems).

For that, I ended up around question 70 with a question that didn't have an option for does not compile and had to go back and change my answer for all of them.

Ended up with a 95% and am just tickled pink and similarly relieved!

For all the time I've spent programming, the irony is the feedback I got on the test (things I answered incorrectly) -- Just three bullets:

Develop code that demonstrates the use of polymorphism
Implement inheritance
Manipulate data using the StringBuilder class and its methods

All this (especially the time I took) is not to toot my own horn but to say that if you've been using Java since before autoboxing (and, amazingly, haven't gotten a cert so aren't already aware of this), you are likely to experience similar: you will fly through the test and be unable to answer some questions you really should know by now.

I'm curious if anyone who's been in my sort of situation could comment on how difficult the second test will be.
 
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Well done mate. I started Java with 1.6. Had to study a fair bit which was good as I learned about some things that I'd rarely used before.

Looking forward to the Java SE 7 Programmer II exam. I think I'll sit it in January after the new K&B book has been released.
 
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Congratulations on passing.

I have a question for you guys.

On the stickie on this board it is suggested that we study certain chapters from the Bert Bates Java 6 book certification book.

I've read the OJA 7 certification objectives on the Oracle site: http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=41&p_org_id=&lang=&p_exam_id=1Z0_803Bert Bates recommends Chapter 10 on his book but the following objectives from chapter 10 are not listed as objectives in the Oracle site:

Use Packages and Imports
Determine Runtime Behavior for Classes and Command-Lines
Use Classes in JAR Files
Use Classpaths to Compile Code

Were those topics included in your tests?
Thank you!

 
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Congrats!
 
Louis Bros
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Hi George,

I want to say that packages, imports and running of code through the command line with command line args was in the exam but I have to admit I might be thinking of the practice exams I took beforehand.

Louis
 
Hitesh v Patel
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i also passed ocja 7 certification yesterday. I got 88%, read k&b book, lots of coding practice....
 
Deepa Chandrashekar
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Hey Guys,

Congrats!!! it would be great if you guys could share some of the questions... And also wanted to know that studying K&B book would cover 95% what to do for the next 5%?
Is there any textbook that you guys recommend... please advice...

Regards,
Deepa
 
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Hey

Rather than targeting specific questions I recommend putting alot of time into the Enthuware Practice Exams. I found the questions in those exams to be very similar to the real exam.

Cheers,

Louis
 
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Hitesh v Patel wrote:i also passed ocja 7 certification yesterday. I got 88%, read k&b book, lots of coding practice....


Congratulations!....
 
Deepa Chandrashekar
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Thanks Louis!!!
 
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