This is my first message on the forum but i've been reading a lot of your posts .
I'm preparing for taking the OCP Java SE 6 programmer test and reading "A Programmer's Guide to Java SCJP Certification A Comprehensive Primer Third Edition" by Kalid A. Mughal and Rolf W. Rasmussen.
I've just reached page 510 and will finish the book until next Sunday. I do ok on the tests in each chapter usually 85-90 % of the questions I answer corectly (all the corect answers and nothing more).
The problem is I'm trying to solve the tests in the book by Katy Sierra for OCJPJP 6 and the questions are more triky and they don't say how many answers are correct. Is this how the questions on the real test will be.
Because in this book I don't do so well only 30-40 questions answerd correctly of 60 of the two tests I've been taking from this book.
So can someone tell me, who has taken the tests from the last book and taken OCPJP after. How realistic are the questions in the book by Katy Sierra?
And anothe important thing. After I complete the primer (first book) I would like to read a book that uses the notions in that book like nested, local classes, assertions, and other stuff that is not so largely used by the intermediate level programmer. For example I liked the source code from Manning's Hibernate in action book with the architecture of the caveat emptor project and would like to read something like that, maybe with more bussines logic in the entities. Or maybe a good design patterns book that uses a lot of Java 6 features.
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Very good result .
Thanks for the info. I'm hoping to get somewhere between 75 and 83 % because I didn't wrote code, only did the questions but I like the book I'm reading and hope to use the knowledge in some applications .
Most mock exams are tougher than the real exam. One of the main reasons for that is that mock exams don't tell you how many options are right. But in real exam each question mentions how many options are correct. But I would suggest you do some practice by writing some code and making some small programs. If you only read the book you'll try to memorize things but if you implement them you'll remember them automatically without memorizing...
I plan on writing code only for the questions i don't answer correctly because i think that's ok. I will first finish reading the book and the take some tests. I found a nice free website for scjp 6 where they have 400 questions simulating the exam. I took a test and got 66 % than I looked at some answers and got 84 % in another test. The book I'm reading has more objectives than the scjp exam and are usefull but I wan't to concentrate on the objectives of the exam and write code only for those because I don't want to aquire to much knoledge at the moment , not to confuse things .