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Prasana Venkat Ramesh
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Hi, I scheduled my OCA7 exam this monday, 2 days from now. I took the sample questions on the exam page for the programmer 1 exam. I got only 3 out of 8 questions correct. Has anyone taken the real exam? will the questions in the exam be of comparable difficultity in this sample questions ? The sample questions are here http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=303&p_certName=SQ1Z0_803
Lap Wah Lee
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Joined: Feb 28, 2013
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LOL, this is a level right? You took 8 practice questions and you think you are ready?
Prasana Venkat Ramesh
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Joined: Feb 25, 2013
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Lap Wah Lee wrote:LOL, this is a level right? You took 8 practice questions and you think you are ready?


Took the sample questions after I registered for the test. I should have asked around I guess. But don't mock me, please compare the sample questions to the real exam and give me an Idea please of how the real exam will be. I need an answer like, the real exam wil be tougher or easier or about the same as these questions
Lap Wah Lee
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Joined: Feb 28, 2013
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You are not ready. You should reschedule the exam, otherwise it's a waste of money.

Read through these forums and get an idea of what resources you need to study for the exam.
Seetharaman Venkatasamy
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Lap Wah Lee wrote:You are not ready. You should reschedule the exam, otherwise it's a waste of money.

1. sorry guys, something you cant compare in that one is effort vs money .... (money come and go like that .. effort you have to decide)

2. OP says Scared - so understand java concept . and postpone your exam.. ask lot of question here ...

3. scaring is until you know java/any

4. exam may be delay but you have to active always*

note:if some one feel it is non-sense here, feel free to move appropriate place
Prasana Venkat Ramesh
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I took the exam today as scheduled cos it would have been a waste of money even if I re scheduled it. I passed. (80 marks. Pass mark is 77) For anyone else's reference, the exam difficulty is exactly as those questions I posted before. This is the first time I'm taking a professional certification. So I want to list down my experience for others.
Somethings to remember :

1. I've faced GRE before, this is not like it at all. The questions don't adapt. They make you think
2. Every question is a program, which you have give output.
3. I did not have time. In the end, I attempted 12 questions in 12 mins. The last question in 1 min.
4. The questions are designed to make you be very sure of the concept. I thought three questions repeated in the exam. To my horror, there were small changes in the code here and there in all three questions. I answered compilation failure to one and run time failure to another. I have no idea what the real answer is.
5. There are some exams you can say you passed when you come out. This is not one of them. I kept track of how many questions I had guessed. When I was in the 25th question, I knew 5 questions were wrong. So please pace yourself and I told myself that I must not make anymore mistake. Balance this with the time left and move on if you have too (i think this is the reason why I actually passed!!)
6. Do not do the mistake of looking at sample questions online before the exam. I went through sample questions online and the same questions with same class name came. But when you actually work the answers out, they are different.
7. It's strange but I was tested for my tolerance along with my knowledge of Java in the exam. There were questions that ask you how many times a certain loop will execute and how the output will get modified as a result. This is simply maths. Not programming.
8. NIIT center sucks. The systems are slow. And apart from showing original identification proof, I had to provide a zerox copy of the same. (This is not mentioned in the identification policy)
9. Before I wrote this exam, I was of the opinion that SE 6 is outdated so I should take SE 7. In reality, I was probably the only one who wrote SE 7 today. Every one else in the room wrote SE 6.
10. My only resource for the exam was this page from oracle http://docs.oracle.com/javase/tutorial/extra/certification/javase-7-programmer1.html and the first chapter in Esterban's Java practice questions book. (The rest of the chapters are for Programmer 11 which I'm going to take in a months time)

Hope this helps for someone freaking out like me =)
Joe Allen
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Joined: Nov 14, 2012
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Prasana Venkat Ramesh,
Thanks for your sharing. It is really a boost to my confidence. I have prepared for SCJP 6 for some time, with both B&K's study guide and practice exams, but I am still scared to take the exam. I just took the 8 sample exam questions you mentioned, and I got 6 right. With your sharing, I think I am going to take it this month.


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