Today I appeared the OCAJP 8 certification and passed with 81%.
This was the first time I've ever tried for any certification. I was planning for giving this exam for a long time but was not able to schedule as I was afraid I might fail. Everytime I visited this forum I saw people sharing their stories about the success. Finally, I gathered the courage and scheduled for the exam.
I ordered OCA Java 8 certification guide by Mala Gupta and prepared for 3 months everyday like 4 hours. I read each page and practiced all the given examples, sample questions and mock exam from the Book. I'm thankful to Mala for writing such a great book. 1 or 2 code examples in the book have typos but that's ok because you're going to execute the code example and find the correct answer.
I purchased enthuware simulator for mock exam. This is a great software, I recommend everyone should purchase this software who are preparing for the exam. They are offering a quality software in cheap price. Please go through every description mentioned in each question even if you selected correct option. I found it very helpful. Sometimes the correct answer you selected might have different reason for being correct. You'll learn new things in every question. Whenever I was stuck I opened the book and re-read the chapter. I completed all the tests from the software except test 7, I scored only 63% on the final test because of my silly mistakes. Please read the whole question before attempting to answer and also consider the time limit, it will help in real exam.
I suggest not to use any IDE. I used Geany for most of the code execution.
This was my result
Test 1 - 63%
Test 2 - 66%
Test 3 - 59% (Oh God!)
Test 4 - 70%
Test 5 - 59% (Again!)
Test 6 - 74%
Last day - 63% (Oops! I read the most important topics after this result again)
Real exam 81%
What I've learned today is that hard-work eventually pays off. Never hold yourself back. Now, heading for OCJP 8 certification
It's interesting your exam score is higher than your enthuware average. I'm studying and using enthuware too. Did the exam seem easier than practice tests, or was it final preparations that boosted your score?
John Carlos wrote:It's interesting your exam score is higher than your enthuware average. I'm studying and using enthuware too. Did the exam seem easier than practice tests, or was it final preparations that boosted your score?
The exam was similar to final day test from enthuware. After failing the final day test, I was already hopeless. I reviewed every questions again. I found out that I didn't read the question fully and selected the the wrong answer. So, please read the question properly. I also revised all the topics again which I thought needed to be revised. In the real exam, I read the questions very properly and nearly ran out of time. My lesson, don't make conclusion too early.
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