I started my preparations 4 months ago (which is not true). First, what I tried, was taking Enthuware easy test. I wanted to check, where my skill level is. Well, I got there 82%. Was king of happy, but I understood that this is a very easy test.
After one week, I tried Starter test, also without preparation and got 71%. Well, more or less OK, so after few days, took Standard Test 1 and got 59%. And after this, I started to read:
* OCAOCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide.
* Mala Gupta's book.
Then I took other Enthuware tests, after each of it, analyzing what was wrong with my answers, reading Oracle Java documentation and so on. So, everything gone like this:
Standard Test 2: 71% (progressing to the right direction)
Standard Test 3: 73% (too many silly mistakes, by overlooking something, or checking the wrong answer accidentally)
Standard Test 4: 76% (was watching the anime while doing it, so again, silly mistakes, all over the place)
Standard Test 5: 76% (ditto)
Standard Test 6: 86% (no anime this time, 100% concentration)
Final Day Test: 94% (no anime this time, 100% concentration, but this one, looked as it was more difficult then others......)
OCA exam score: 90%, with probably about 50-60h of studding and test taking. Anyway, I forgot to mention, that I am a JAVA developer for about a year now, so
probably this, helped to reduce studding time a lot, and I kind of feel, that even without preparation, I would have passed it, but the score would be +/- about passing mark,
so everyone who is going to take an exam, do a favor and study, don't watch anime and take Enthuware tests, those bastards are really very helpful by showing, where your weaknesses are
About exam I could tell, that it didn't feel any easier then mock tests, few questions was really, really very tricky. Anyway, I will try to pass OCJ7, till the end of the year.
Congratulations, and also, welcome to Java Ranch! Thanks for the detailed description of your preparation process. I'm sure that will be very helpful to others who are still studying for this certification.