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Preparing to sit the OCAJP on 17th sept

Enthuware results:

Foundation: 55%
Test 1 : 57%
Test 2: 63%
Test 3: 64%
Test 4: 61%
Test 5: 63%

I think I am ready but wondering will real exam be a bit easier?

 
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The real exam is easier. But the scores are kind of low. I recommend going through and understanding why you got each wrong. And maybe even taking a few again to see that you can now spot the issues. That score won't be representative, but it will let you practice.
 
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A few things:
  • While your marks are on the low side you may still be okay. I suggest that you take some time and go over a study guide once again.
         Many study guides provide sample exam like questions.
  • Try going over the study guide in a different order. Maybe read chapters 6, 4, 2 then 5, 3, 1 in that order or something like that.
  • When going over tests make sure that you go over both the questions that you got correct and the questions that you got incorrect.
         You may gotten a question correct for the wrong reason or by a luck, both of which may not help during the exam.
  • How you are making out with the timing? Many people find that time can be an issue.
  • There are different ways of using Enthuware. Many people follow the standard testing method and write each test in order.
         However that is not the only way to use this resource. You may want to try out a few of the program options to see how else it can be used.
  • Enthuware does not recommend that you take the same standard too many times as you may end up memorizing the questions and answers which will not help you out on the real exam.
  • You may want to look at some of the stories from others to see what tools and resources they used.
         You can find these stories here https://coderanch.com/wiki/659980/Ocajp-Wall-Fame.
  • Remember that you can postpone the exam free in North America providing you handle this at least one business day before the exam.
         It is cheaper to postpone the exam, get an other/different study guide then to write the exam more then once.
  • Many people have had experiences where their Enthuware marks were low, but the real exam marks were higher.

  • As to whether you are ready to take this exam or not? Only you can truly answer that question.
    But I hope that I gave you a few things to think about and I hope all goes well for you.
     
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    More important than your low scores on the mock exams is the fact that your scores are not increasing. One should ideally get into the 70s by the third/fourth test if they get a 60 in the first/second test. Your first score of 57% indicates that you were weak on several fundamental concepts and going through a good book before taking the next test might have been better.

    I would suggest you to reschedule the test to at least a couple of weeks later. In this time, try to go through a book. If you have already gone through one, try a different one. (You can get a free copy of this book from here.) and then take the remaining mock tests. Your score should increase and you will feel more confident about the real exam.
     
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    Those are great replies and appreciated. Reviewing the questions I seem to make stupid mistakes. There were about 6/7 questions I should have got right. I’m still going to sit the exam and if I fail I will just resit. I need full focus and to read questions and to reread.

    My exam times are like 2 hours or less so maybe rushing and not concentrating fully. In real exam I will use all the time
     
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    Niall, I'd take a given advice to re-schedule exam so you could revise your strategy along with the timing during the test. Failing can destroy your confidence and bring chaos to subsequent attempts.

    When I was sitting an exam, I personally ran out of time, so don't think there will be tons of free time. However, all say that Enthuware questions are harder and an actual exam easier - I had an opposite feelings which also got reflected in mark.

    Anyway, good luck.
     
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    Niall Kev wrote:. . . I seem to make stupid mistakes. There were about 6/7 questions I should have got right. . . .

    Those six questions can make you fail. I think PA is right; delay the text by a few weeks.
     
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    So I ignored the advice here and went ahead and sat the exam. I did the enthuware last day test yesterday and scored 67%. I thought I was ready

    Today I started through the real exam and then I was very worried. It was tough, just as tough as enthuware. Lots of questions on arrays and casting which aren’t my best.

    I should have listened to you guys advice but I was prepared to fail and try again

    Luckily enough I scraped by with 71%

    I want to thank you all on my journey. You guys have kept me motivated. In college I struggled with Java. One great resource I found was durgasoft videos on YouTube. 60 hours of videos . I did also udemy with goran. It took me 2 months hard study but nearly 1 year preparing. It is not an easy exam.

    I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

    Next is OCP but for now I can sleep well
     
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    Congratulations. Pass is a pass and nobody can judge you now - you are certified!

    People say OCP is much much harder than OCA, which you identified as a tough exam already. So don't rush with that one same way.

    Good luck.
     
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    It's good to be proved wrong like that Well done.
     
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    Appreciate all the advice. It’s important to listen as you guys know best. That enthuware software was v good also. Amazing how fast you can learn thesedays. When I grew up we didn’t even have mobile phones and no internet or YouTube videos to learn from. I don’t understand why people have to sit through physical lectures anymore with the resources we have. Anyways the java certification journey has been a pleasure and looking forward to next step
     
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    The advantage of physical lectures is that you can ask questions.
     
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    You can ask them in the chat window in the virtual classrooms too 😂
     
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