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Took exam today, got 61% devastated

 
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Hi all,

I took the exam today and was quite confident, did a lot of prep work and study.

I used the book by Jeanne and Scott for most of my preparation.

I'm gutted because I finished all the questions in the exam, marked a few for review and had time to check them, about 10 (most of them I changed my answers, in hindsight, wish I didn't).

Most of the practice exams I have been taking I passed.

I'm so deflated, don't know what to do. I feel like one wrong answer let me down.

Is there any suggestions of when I should take the resit (weeks? Months?), obviously after some more study and practice.

Thanks
 
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Trentan, first, welcome to the Ranch.

Second. There are way more people who fail first (maybe even second) time than we think. People are just tend not to say a bit less than optimum outcome.
So, I'd say you should not be worrying too much.

Exam isn't easy at all as one may think.

Now about the actual stuff. To me looks a bit suspicious that you had time to mark for review 10 questions, then had time to go and alter them them all and still had some time left. My first feeling would be, that you may be in a rush too much?

I'm saying that, that all the questions you marked for review - you altered. Might need to spend slightly more time on a question so you'd be almost sure about its correctness, and only really about the very few you could be unsure.

Is there any suggestions of when I should take the resit (weeks? Months?), obviously after some more study and practice.


Yeah, take your time - it isn't everything. It is just a paper, which doesn't change your knowledge.

But I don't know how to advice you more better, maybe just to say - don't worry! That is because I've seen already quite a few people's posts who failed and later passed. Not necessarily from second time (so you wouldn't give yourself more stress).

Usually I guess the stress makes you slid, so don't stress out and just take the test for fun
 
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Liutauras,

Thank you for your kind words, hearty welcome and advice.

I think I have put too much emphasis on passing, haven't really embraced it and tried to apply new techniques much in my daily work. (My background, i'm a mainframe developer foremost and dabble / self taught in Java).

I think you are right that potentially I rushed along and didn't spend enough time on some questions, something I will improve before I sit the next one.
I was confident because I was passing the practice exams and have a pretty good grounding, just fell apart at this hurdle.

I've already started today to go back to square one, lose the compiler (it is amazing how much we rely on it for quick/agile development... IntelliJ is awesome...) and go through each chapter in the book again.
I'll try take more manual notes and write code manually, no copying/pasting.

I'm not going to give up, determined to study better and pass this.

 
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I'm sure you will, just a matter in time when you are successful

Take your time!
 
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Trentan Healey wrote:Took exam today, got 61% devastated


Sorry to hear you have failed the OCAJP8 exam.

Trentan Healey wrote:Is there any suggestions of when I should take the resit (weeks? Months?), obviously after some more study and practice.


In the OcajpFaq (besides other very useful information) and this thread you'll find an overview of all available (free and commercial) resources (study guides, mock exams, video courses,...) to thorougly prepare yourself for the certification exam. And on the OcajpWallOfFame you'll find plenty of (links to) experiences from other ranchers (including resources they have used). So it can be useful to determine which resources are useful (and which are not).

If you use the search function, you'll find plenty of topics with advice to prepare (and ace) the OCA exam. Here are a few:
  • Studying so hard just to fail(1z0-808)
  • Failing Java SE 8 Programmer I
  • Bad Experience with OCA 7 exams
  • Any tricks about how to manage the 120 min for so many question?
  • second failed OCAJP
  • Need some advice after failing the exam


  • Hope it helps!
    Kind regards,
    Roel
     
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    Trentan Healey wrote:I was confident because I was passing the practice exams and have a pretty good grounding, just fell apart at this hurdle.


    Which practice/mock exams did you take?

    Trentan Healey wrote:I've already started today to go back to square one, lose the compiler (it is amazing how much we rely on it for quick/agile development... IntelliJ is awesome...) and go through each chapter in the book again.


    If you lose the compiler, you won't be able to run any program anymore But getting rid of the IDE during the preparation for the OCAJP certification exam and writing tons of small code snippets is probably one of the best decisions in your life!
     
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    No problem just NEVER EVER GIVEUP and once again prepare well for the exam

    ALL THE BEST

    Can you please tell which exam you have given today OCAJP7(1Z0-803) or OCAJP8(1z0-808)??
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