Passed the 1Z0-804 exam today with 86% (big surprise for me, i did't expect score like that, because my results with Enthuware mosks are within 70-77%).
I used "OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide (K & B)" and Enthuware mock exams for preparation + reading of Oracle documentation.
I have few warnings for those who are going to take the exam:
1. Passing score is 65%, not 63!
2. There were some methods or specific constructors of some classes which are not covered in K & B book (for example, methods mark() and markSupported() of Reader). But if you worked well with Enthuware mocks during your preparation you'll be prepared (great job, guys! Thank you!).
3. Streams are on exam! I got few questions in my exam. (again, it will not scare you if you're preparing with Enthuware)
4. There were a lot of questions with static variables involved: shadowing, implementing an interface which has a constant of the same type and the same name as an instance variable of implementing class, locking a monitor on static objects etc...
Those are some great tips - Thank you Sergey!
I'm preparing for the exam right now and I'm still in 'Phase 1' - studying the book (K&B). I'm almost through, but holy cow this is a lot of stuff - and now you're telling me there's even more stuff coming up in Phase 2 - Enthuware mock exams... *exhausted* But I'm glad we have all this wonderful preparation material at our hands, this is priceless.
Congratulations to your score! Hey if that Certificate doesn't get you a job, then I don't know what will!!
Hey if that Certificate doesn't get you a job, then I don't know what will!!
Sadly, but it seems like it is totally worthless here in Russia - nobody cares of the papers (and knowlege!) you gained by hard studying, but everyone wants you to be a 2-3 years experienced developer with a knowlege of full stack of java-related technologies and many other stuff even if you're trying to get a position of a junior developer . Since i started from the scratch, i have no experience at all. Seems like i have to spent 2-3 years more in studying new things and be involved in open-source projects while doing my current full-time job in order to bocome a java junior developer Although i think i would make a huge and fast progress being mentored by an experienced person if i worked in IT-company as a developer. My certificates prove that i can and i like to learn. But who cares...
Battle for my new job is just about to begin!