I'm currently studying for the 1Z0-808 certification, and I'd like to hear (or read..) your opinion on something.
I read the Boyarsky/Selikoff book trice and did all of the questions and test there. Now I'm on to Enthuware tests and they scare the living daylight out of me:
- I find them much harder than the tests in the book
- I found stuff in Enthuware tests that the book either does not mention, or explicitly states is out of scope of the exam (certain operators, some API methods, Math class use, "synchronized", "native" specifiers etc.)
So I'm a bit confused now.
As I couldn't find anywhere any sort of "official", Oracle exam scope (just the general exam objectives) what would you say is closer to the actual scope of the exam: the book or Enthuware?
I know, it's better to know as wide range of topics as possible, but I have a tad limited time, so I'd rather not waste it on something that's not absolutely necessary.
As you stated, Oracle only includes the general exam objectives and doesn't disclose the finer details.
or explicitly states is out of scope of the exam (certain operators, some API methods, Math class use, "synchronized", "native" specifiers etc.)
That's correct. You won't find questions on certain operators (like << or >>), API methods, Math class and non-access specifiers like synchronized and native on the 1Z0-808 exam. No, I haven't written the exam questions, but the exam questions that I have written myself, or others have shared (as doubts), doesn't include these.
You'll see the synchronized keyword in the 809 exam (but not native).
I recommend - when attempting the Enthuware exams, read the explanations of the questions which include these topics. The explanation includes adequate information on why an option is right or not. I wouldn't recommend reading extra content on these topics from other sources.
I did all of the Enthuware tests, half of them twice. Got average of 78% on them. The actual exam was much easier. Repeated re-reading of the Boyarsky Selikoff book helped a lot. I think I read each chapter at least 6 times.
Please note that is not recommended that you do the Enthuware tests more then once.
If you do then you run the risk of memorizing the answers and that will not help you out on the real certification exam.
Great job on obtaining your certification.
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