Today I passed OCA 7 with 98%. I would like to share a couple of notes with those who are going to take that sooner or later.
I used Mala Gupta's book and Enthuware tests. Both book and s/w are describing and explaning the things very clearly. Simply saying, I was reading the book mainly because of the interest how the basic things in Java are handled internally. For the actual preparation I started to take the Enthuware tests ~6 days before the exam (1-2 mocked exams per day). Results:
Starter test: 80%;
Last day test: 83%.
Of course, I reviewed all the answered questions even if they were correct. As couple of times the actual reason of why the answer is correct - was different. I took the last day test as supposed from the name - one day before the exam. That was extremely helpful as I met around 2-3 questions during the exam that were almost equal to those which were on that test.
Also, even Oracle might do mistakes. Sample from the exam question:
This is the question's sample and that was asking for the output. Do you see whats wrong there? In the options were suggested like:
1. 200 100
2. Compilation error on //1
3-4. Compilation error on //2 and //3 (I didnt mention the lines in the code as I dont remember them, the case why I have posted the question here is different).
I believe you have noticed that the code would fail to compile because of obj.method1() and obj.method2() as they are not defined in class Y.
It took about 5 minutes for me to choose the correct answer. I didnt understand why neither obj.method1() line nor obj.method2() line are not mentioned in the answers options because the rest of the lines that actually were - obviously not a compile-time errors (e.g as in example of //1).
Ultimately, asuming that even Oracle can do mistakes, I have chosen option 1 (200 100). Seems like that was correct as the only question I answered incorrectly during exam was about the topic of break/continue statement.
Overall, I want to wish you not to study too much. I mean if you understand the basics and pass the mocked tests with a confident results - additional information might make things confused in your head. I wish that, because I am that kind of person. Trying to get better results might make them worse sometimes. I experienced that couple of times in university.
So, thanks to the coderanch forum for getting me prepared on what to expect from the exam. Good luck to future takers!
Maksim Venediktov wrote:Today I passed OCA 7 with 98%.
Congratulations champion! Great achievement Now it's time to relax a bit and have a (well-deserved) (or 2 or 3). And if you want to spoil yourself have a Belgian beer, our beers are the best of the world
Thanks for sharing your experiences. Other ranchers will definitely benefit! Have a cow!