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I thought I'm ready for the certification. That´s why I finished the mock example from the Mala Gupta book.
I was scoring 87%, I thought that´s ok.
Then I played with enthuware, made 3 tests. All of them ~60% , not managed to make 70%
For me the questions there are really hard. I have even big trouble to understand some of the questions, it´s maybe because english is my 3th language but some questions are really not to answer.
Even with the explanation, a lot of the questions there are just confusing me. There is also stuff that I was never reading in any of the OCA books.
Made 2 tests on enthu one after the other and right now my brain hurts - I'm not sure about my certification on friday. Also not sure where I should put my power: on enthu? or just re-reading some parts from the book?
I've read alot from people who took the enthuware prior to taking the actual exam and they also got low results from the enthuware yet they passed the actual exam with high grades.
I think the concept here is to read and understand the explanation why you got the wrong answer instead of focusing on the enthuware score itself.
In my opinion, reading Mala Gupta's book or anything reviewer that you use twice (or even thrice) to fully absorb the information.
In case you read the book twice or thrice already, I would suggest further answering or finish the enthuware exam
In this thread someone of Enthuware explains why some stuff is in their tests which you can't find in any of the OCA books.
Regarding your mock exam scores: there's definitely a trend that the score on the actual exam is higher than the score on mock exams (e.g. this thread). Of course: the more you practice and study, the better your score will be and also the more confident you'll be about taking the exam.
Yes, I agree, the actual exam is much easier than the enthuware mock questions.
I have enough time to complete all the questions and did a thorough check as well.
I pass with 71% for OCAJP on April Fool day 2014.. Not a fantastic score I can say. The questions were rather tricky indeed, a lot of topics asked on "Assignments", "Inheritance" for me. Phew, lucky manage to pass...
I prepared this exam for almost 4 months. Reading of the OCAJP written by Mala Gupta, mock exams from Enthuware, and read up some of topics from SCJP written by K&B. Indeed, Enthuware toughen me up a lot I really recommend people to try the mock exams.
Although, I am a programmer myself, I find that after taking this exam, I gain a lot of extra knowledge through this learning process. After taking the first two mock exams from Enthuware, I decide to reschedule my exam. Haha. Really lost all my confidence and very demoralize as I only score 40%.
This are the scores that I get for enthuware mock exams:
40%, 40%, 71%, 75%, 63%, 53%
Honestly, I am not happy with the results of the mock exams scores.
The scores seem to get better at one point, when I tried to focus more on the weak areas that I am in. But maybe it is because some of the questions are similar to the practice exams, thus able to score a bit higher for the 3rd and 4th mock exams. So don't by cheated by yourself
Towards the last 2 mock exams, I score pretty badly and have not enough time to finish the questions as well. Maybe I'm too stress up or my preparation not thorough enough. But in the end, I still went ahead with the exam. hehe.
Happy to pass, but actually i aim for higher score. Anyway, I will work harder to aim for higher score for the next certification: OCPJP. Hopefully, I can score higher this time round. To conclude, I wish good luck to people that are preparing for OCAJP, all the best