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Passed OCAJP 1Z0-808 with 72%

 
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I passed the 1Z0-808 Java SE 8 Programmer I with 72%.

I am pleased with the result under the circumstances.

The resources I used were :
1. OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff
2. OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates
3. Mock exams from Enthuware
4. This Forum of course

My rocky start:
After going through the material and creating plenty of sample code using a text editor and command line, I thought I had a good understanding of it all so I attempted the Enthuware mock exams.
I attempted each exam a day after each other, which I now know was a big mistake. (You should spend a week or two going over the material you got wrong)

Foundation Test : 55%
Test 1 : 52%
Test 2 : 62%
Test 3 : 52%

After Test 3 I knew I wasn't getting better , so I moved my exam but unfortunately since I purchased my exam voucher with the 20% discount I had to take it this year(2015) so the maximum period I could move my exam was till today, which gave me 3 weeks.

I went over all the material again and made notes that I went over very day.

The week prior to the exam I attempted the rest of the mock exams

Test 4 : 62%

I was feeling demoralized after this, but when I went over the answers I found that the ones I got wrong were due to computational errors.

Test 5 : 56%

I felt worse after this. I stuck to my routine to go over my notes daily and and review sections that we giving me a difficulty. At this point it was do or die for me.

Week of the exam
Test 6 : 77%
Success!

Last Day : 71%

If I could I would have given myself a little more time to study, but nevertheless I am glad I passed.

Next up for me is Java SE 8 Programmer II 1Z0-809 exam. I plan to give myself enough time and only book my exam after I am happy with my Enthuware results.



 
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Congratulations!! and thank you for sharing your experience
 
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Congrats Teo!

Note that the OCP is a lot harder and has a lot more material. Which means you'll want to spend more time studying before attempting mock exams.
 
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your story gave me hopes! Congratulations!
 
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