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Passed OCA 8 with 78%

 
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Hi there,

Firstly, I'd like to thanks everyone here provides a lot of useful study resources and so many motivate experiences which really encouraged me during my preparation.

It is not a good mark but I am really happy about it, cause actually I failed at the first time last November. I have very little experience in Java (only one semester academic learning in college one year ago). Before my first test, I read the OCA Study Guide by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff twice, which is good enough for me to sort out all the basic knowledge. I also bought the Enthuware mock test, but I didn't have enough time to finish it. I managed to finish most of the mock tests but I didn't review them carefully. So at that time, I only got 58% and I felt so depressed.

This time, I took almost one month to prepare my second try, 7 hours a day. Basically I focused on the Enthuware, did the Objective-wise tests first, then finished the practice tests and the standard tests. I went through all the questions and read the explanations carefully. Even I know I still have lacks in some concepts and knowledge but I fell I can pass the test this time.

My final mark is pretty close to my mock test results (a little bit higher than mock test mark).

Basic on my experience, my advice is not only do the mock tests, but also make sure to be clear about each question (go back to read the book if you still don't understand that part).

My next goal will be the OCP definitely. Before that, I'd like to grab some Belgian beer to relax    

 
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Well that great to hear. If you feel up for it then add you can add you name and story to the Wall of Fame.

This is not a product endorsement, but I have heard that the products from http://www.pearsonitcertification.com/ do help people out and they have a product for the OCP exam which you plan on taking next. I have not use their products so I cannot say how good they are. That being said, any of their individual Java products cost less then the cost of the exam.
 
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Pete Letkeman wrote:Well that great to hear. If you feel up for it then add you can add you name and story to the Wall of Fame.

This is not a product endorsement, but I have heard that the products from http://www.pearsonitcertification.com/ do help people out and they have a product for the OCP exam which you plan on taking next. I have not use their products so I cannot say how good they are. That being said, any of their individual Java products cost less then the cost of the exam.



Thank you for your recommendation, I will check it out.
 
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Hi jamie,

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!

Don't forget to add your name to the OcajpWallOfFame!

Kind regards,
Roel
 
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Congrats Jamie!

Remember that the OCP is a lot harder than the OCA so you'll want to allow more time to study for it.
 
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Roel De Nijs wrote:Hi jamie,

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!

Don't forget to add your name to the OcajpWallOfFame!

Kind regards,
Roel



Thank you Roel, Belgian beer is my favorite! I have added to the OcpjpWallOfFame.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Congrats Jamie!

Remember that the OCP is a lot harder than the OCA so you'll want to allow more time to study for it.



Thank you Jeanne, your book really helps me a lot! Thanks for your advice, I will work harder for the OCP
 
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Congratulations, Jamie!
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