Nothing is guaranteed but the right approach to the exam can certainly increase your chances very much. I would suggest you to start with one mock exam and see how you score. If you score low, you need to get back to reading the topic and writing code. Once you feel comfortable, you can go to the next mock exam. And so on.
Elia Sangunji wrote:Hi, I would like to know: with programming practice and a real input into the simulator is one guaranteed to pass the exam? or any more tips welcome.
Doing the mock exams is important, however remember to keep trace of the time passing. If you are at your ease a little too much at home while doing mock exams.. and it takes more than 150 minutes... (the time limit of the actual exam)... and yet you get a good score still does not mean that you are prepared for the real exam. 150 minute for 90 tough questions is not that much. 1.6 minute per question.
So basically my point is yes, it's good to concentrate on knowledge (which without you'll never pass) but also in timing.. each not given question is a an error.
Somebody first go through swiftly all the questions to do the easiest first, however that approach did not seem fruitful to me when I gave the OCAJP 7 (which is 90 questions for 150 minutes too) as to get to one question to another would take at least 3 seconds (obviously it depends on the computer you get at the test centre) However 3 seconds * 90 = 4.5 minutes. 4.5 minutes is gold in that context, trust me.
I would recommend to mark the toughest if it's taking too long and going ahead with the other questions, (but still choose an option, so if the time expires you might have chosen the right one and it's one more correct answer)if then you have time to review the marked question all good for you. Remember you have 1.6 minute per question on average.