I am grateful to write this words here after months of looking into and preparing myself.
I passed my exam today with 76% score.
In general exam was tough. I finished the last question and had 5 minutes left for the review. Did the review really shortly, changed only 1 selected before question.
It is hard to summarize any question or topics but in general all was like in Mala Gupta's Book mock exam. I did not take any courses or mock-exam tests before.
For preparation I did the following:
- read SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Study Guide Exam (310-065) by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates(chapters 1-5 + 6(String, StringBuilder parts))
- read OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Study Guide (Exam 1Z0-803) by Edward Finegan and Robert Liguori
- read OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Certification Guide: 1ZO-803 exam by Mala Gupta
- did all the questions thoroughly after each chapter and mock exam in the end of each book using paper and pen
(in general preparation took 3 months - 4 months - each working day about 1-3 hours, ~200 hours or something like that)
Is it a lot or not - not sure. What I know - it gave me a lot of Java Language understanding and I feel more comfortable with it now.
Thanks to the authors of this books and people related, you are great and doing a great job!
Hope my example will encourage all who reads these words to pass the exam.
congratulations for getting good score in OCP7.
I got my OCAJP certificate in last month. Now Im planning get OCPJP7. But I am quite confused about study guide, which book I should go through. I K&B scjp 6 book is good, but it covers only few topics of OCPJP7.
can you suggest me which books are good for preparation.