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OCA is as complex as the questions in the book by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff?
 
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Welcome to the Ranch.

Authors mention, that examples in a book may be a little harder than in an actual exam, BUT, I'd say treat them as they were the same, because it is actually quite challenging.
So, to say it is easier or harder very tough call - what's easier for one, may be harder for someone else.
 
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Seeing as you are preparing for the OCA 1Z0-808 exam you may want to look at the OCA Wall of Fame
https://coderanch.com/wiki/659980/Ocajp-Wall-Fame
You can see what resources others have used and how they prepared.

If you are looking for more exam like questions then you may want to look at Enthuware or the book by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff with only exam like questions.
I do recommend that you get some questions from more then just one place/author as each person does it differently. You could try out the free questions found here
https://blogs.oracle.com/certification/test-your-java-knowledge-with-free-sample-questions
And if you choose to you could search this site for 'exam questions' to get some results fully explained.

You should not be taking the same test many times as that will lead you to memorize the questions and answers.
The questions on the exam could be really close to the sources that you have, or very far off.
It's important that you know the material and how to best use your time during the exam.
Many people have issues with time management on the exam, I know that I did.
 
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Hi, I thank you both for the answers.
I performed the questions I found on the Oracle page and I answered them all correctly.
In the questions of the book I'm really wrong, 70% and sometimes 50%, tak me saturated information and that's why I do not concentrate, even so, I do not like the dynamics of the questions in the book.
I will buy the Enthuware exam as soon as I finish reading the book.
I feel ready for the exam, I will only practice a little more after the book and I will review again what I have not been clear.
What do you think?




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Enthuware, which is about $10 USD does give you move then 500 exam like questions spread over 9 different exams, if you choose the "standard tests".
Between each exam you should wait at least a day, providing you did not get perfect on the exam so that you can learn from your wrong answers.
Each exam is timed to let you practice your time management skills during the exam.
Plus each exam will tell you the general area that you need to spend more time on learning e.g. Lambdas, access types (Public, Protected, Private, Default) etc.

It's generally agreed that the Enthuware questions are harder then the ones on the real test and people who have gotten 70s in Enthuware have gotten 80s on the final exam.
You should not write the same Enthuware exam more then once. After each Enthuware test, if you do not get more then 60% then you should take some time and try to improve you knowledge.

One important step that some people forget is go over the questions that you got correct as well as the ones you got incorrect.
If you do this then you will reinforce what you know and you may have chosen the correct answer for the wrong reason so this can help with that too.

If you have any questions that you are struggling with either in your current resource or with Enthuware (if you get Enthuware) feel free to post to this site.
However please remember to provide the name of the resource (e.g. OCA Study Guide I), the author of the resource (e.g. Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff or Enthuware).
Otherwise there could be copyright violations. Not only that both Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff have been known to frequent this site and usually at least one Enthuware support frequents this site was well.

Please remember that you goal should not be to get enough on the test to pass, but to get enough on the test so that you comfortably pass.
For instance if you are aiming for just a pass of 65% then if you run out of questions that you can be incorrect on you will not pass.
However if you are aiming for 80% then you are more questions that you can get wrong before you fail the test.
 
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Exemplary explanation by Pete, I couldn't have said better. Have a cow, Pete.

What I could add probably, that poor indentation and formatting may lead you to desperation, and some questions may look more difficult than they actually are. In order to get used to that poor indentation, you need to go through many mock exam tests, so your eye would get used to it and the head would be able to reformat the code instantly, so you'd be left dealing with concept of the question, not the poor indentation.

As a psychological moment - don't crave this certificate desperately, that may lead to too much emotion, which doesn't help usually.
 
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And good luck.

I probably quite often say, don't worry if you fail, lots of people do that, not all just mention, sooner or later you'll get it
 
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Thank you Liutauras for the cow.

Yes, I agree that the more testing that you do during your preparations the more likely you will be at ease during the exam.
A few more things:
  • You should be writing many small programs to help cement the concepts as you read/learn them. A small program of 20 lines can do wonders some times for learning.
  • You should be comfortable using a plain non-IDE editor like Notepad++. During the exam you will not have any IDE or editor to use. Just something to write with and something to write on.
  • Break things down into smaller parts and solve those smaller parts first then the bigger parts. No need to figure it all out in one step, that can be difficult so do it in many steps.

  • I have heard of at least one person stating that they read the material and did not do too well on a practice tests.
    To them this meant that they had to go over their study material and write many more programs as they went.
    After this they knew the material better and they did much better.
     
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    I appreciate the motivation on both sides. Thank you very much.

    There is no doubt that I must study much more. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by not being able to take the exams of the book, but I will try with Enthuware after completing the book and have given another read.

    I am very anxious for this kind of thing, but I will take more time to pass the exam decently.

    And yes, I've been doing small programs using MousePad, I've left the IDE aside for the moment.

    Thank you again for your response.




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