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Preparing for OCA 8 again.

 
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Hi There,

I started my preparation for OCA 8 late in October. Preparation went well. I used the book by Sybex Publications written by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff. I read the book thoroughly once and then attempted Enthuware tests, analysed my mistakes and worked on weak points. My score was low at the beginning, but then I went through the book again and worked out examples and in the last two tests I gave, I was around 75-80%. I scheduled my exam on 17 November but for some reasons, was not able to give the exam then and after that, I've been completely off the study.

So, I'm preparing for the exam again now. Any advice on how to get started again because I'm pretty low on confidence because of the big gap. When I read, I feel like I know the stuff because I've done it all before but I know this attitude would only do bad. Also, I have only 2 of 8 practice tests left on Enthuware. That's a drawback too.
Mainly I just need to revise the topics, but it's just reading all again seems boring. Making interest into this again is big task for me.

Anyone else had a similar situation?
Thanks.
 
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My suggestion is to read widely.  The more sources you employ, the more likely it is that you will remember the material.  One author may have a way of explaining something that sticks with you longer than another one does.  Or he or she may have a particular anecdote that you remember or an interesting code example that sticks with you.  Variety, in my opinion, increases your chances of understanding and remembering the concepts.  
 
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You're right. It would be helpful to read the topics from a different point of view. I think that would also make some interest for me...
Thanks Dwight.
 
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Bunty Mann wrote:So, I'm preparing for the exam again now. Any advice on how to get started again because I'm pretty low on confidence because of the big gap. When I read, I feel like I know the stuff because I've done it all before but I know this attitude would only do bad.


Retake a few of the Enthuware exams you have already used. It will give you some idea about your current level and your strong/weak areas.

Bunty Mann wrote:Also, I have only 2 of 8 practice tests left on Enthuware.


You definitely don't want to waste these practice tests, so don't use these practice tests now! Use them when you feel/think you are ready to take the exam. The practice test score will confirm if your feeling was correct or not.
 
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Hi Roel. I was thinking of the same. I'm following Dwight's advice and now I'm using a different book just to get the topics from a different point of view. All else, I'd be doing similar to what I did before. Prepare once. Take tests (yes repeat the previously given tests, I'm sure I don't remember the exact questions or will end up cramming them by just retaking them). Go through the explanation to the answers, even if they are right. Then prepare one more time and give the remaining two tests just to make sure I'm completely ready for the exam. Before the exams, will go through the main topics and the notes I make. I think this would be the best plan. Although more suggestions are welcomed.
 
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Retake a few of the Enthuware exams you have already used. It will give you some idea about your current level and your strong/weak areas.  



Sorry, I misread this one. Yes, taking a couple of tests at the beginning would do no harm. That'll be helpful is planning which topics I need to focus more on. Yes, that would be good.
 
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It seems all the advice has been really helpful Well done!
 
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