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Re: Exam Result

Post by thamiar » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:58 pm

Finally, I passed my Java 8 Oracle Associate Exam! With the result of 82%. I am a Junior Java Developer, so it is quite important for me :)
I must say, that during my preparation phase I made section tests after each chapter of 'Mala Gupta' book.
Then I run whizlab tests.
Diagnostic - 74%
Practice I - 83%
Practice II - 86%
Practice III - 80%
Practice IV - 80%
Practice V - 79%
Final - 86%

However, on Whizlab tests, I had many problems with questions about strange methods, which DID NOT appear on the exam. Like String 'copyValueOf(char[] data, int offset, int count)'. Most questions were less tricky than enthuware and I have got the feeling, that Enthuware helped me much more.
My enthuware results of tests were: (As I said, I made section tests before, so I can be taken as a bit cheating...)

Foundation - 78%
Test 1 - 90%
Test 2 - 81%
Test 3 - 81%
Test 4 - 84%
Test 5 - 87%
Test 6 - 90%
Test 7 - 100% :O
Final test - 86%

After each test, I was carefully reading explenations and took notes, additionaly I tried to code a bit (At the beginning in IDE, later I switched to notepad++ :) ). Whole Enthuware team helped me a lot, with explenation in the program, and on the forum.

Many people said that reall exam is easier, but I did not get that feeling. Maybe questions were a bit less tricky, but stress is making the big difference. During my mock exams I was ready somehow between 15-25 minutes before end, and during real exam I was choosing last answer 3 seconds before the end!

In the end I passed!
Now next step before me!
Do you know if the knowledge gap between OCA and OCP is very big?

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Re: Exam Result

Post by Wesley » Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:01 pm

I'm T-2hours for the IZ0-809 exam. I passed the OCA last year with the help of enthuware as well. The OCP has been a lot of work and I definitely rushed a bit through the book and Enthuware's practice tests. (I mean I went through the book I use once and took notes, and then immediately went to practice tests / reviewing the notes.) I just wanted to get the exam out of the way and get back to my other programming studies. I've scored a little under the average mark on those tests but should be more than enough for passing the real thing.

It has been interesting. When I did the OCA I felt I understood lambdas well enough to answer some questions but that was about it. It was so confusing! After preparing for this I not only feel like lambdas make sense but I'm so impressed by how useful streams seem to be. I can't wait to find opportunities to test them in my own code. I'm also curious to run some tests solving similar problems with streams versus using more standard (longer) code to see if streams are actually more efficient under the hood. I suspect they are.

Anyway, by the time you read this I'll most likely have posted my result below.

[EDIT] - To answer the question above I'd say.. the OCP is somewhere between 1.5 to 2x the work of the OCA. You will notice the difference but it shouldn't be anything you can't handle. Just allot more time to prepare than you did for the OCA, but don't be too intimidated.

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Re: Exam Result

Post by Wesley » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:44 pm

Well.. that was like running a marathon! One difference between the real exam and the practice exams is that for the real exam I couldn't pause it and take a break. I watched the time closely the whole time and made steady progress but didn't get ahead or behind more than 5 mins the whole exam and finished with 3 mins to spare.

To be honest.. I was not as confident walking out as I was walking and the exam results take 30 minutes. The exam didn't feel easier to me than the practice exams I did here. But, it must have been easier because my score on the final practice exam was 66%, but my score on the OCP exam was 82%! I passed !! :joy: And with a mark I can feel proud of.

So I'm tired and happy. Now I can go back to studying other programming topics. Thank you to the creators of this program/site. I needed an honest site where I could get a ton of practice questions with explanations without worrying about it being a dump ( I hate dumps ) and this was exactly that.

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Re: Exam Result

Post by admin » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:42 pm

Congratulations!! OCP is a not an easy exam. So you did well :)
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Re: Exam Result

Post by Rick84 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:01 am

Passed my OCA with 95%!

I first learned about Java while getting my Bachelor's degree, but at the time 1.6 was the latest version. I've had about 6 years experience in other OO languages since then (mostly PHP and some C#), so I was familiar with most concepts already. I just needed to learn the way Java dealt with them.

I first studied the subjects that are mentioned in the exam objectives that I wasn't already familiar with, and then took the foundation test. I was rather disappointed with that result, but I read all the explanations and available forum posts, read up on the subjects I still felt unsure about and continued with the next test. I repeated that process for each of the tests, and was able to learn the concepts quite quickly. Overall it took me just a month to prepare for the exam.

I felt the actual exam was a lot easier than the Enthuware tests. I think Enthuware tries to trick you in more subtle ways than the actual test. Overall I think it is a great tool for learning, so a big thanks to everyone on the team!

I've included my notes. They are mostly things I found odd or difficult about the language, and are in no way supposed to be a complete overview of all subject matter. Nonetheless, I feel they might help others prepare for their exams.

Next up is the OCP :)


Results of the Enthuware tests:

Foundation - 64%
Test 1 - 76%
Test 2 - 89%
Test 3 - 74%
Test 4 - 84%
Test 5 - 73%
Test 6 - 89%
Test 7 - 91%
Final test - 86%
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Post by admin » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:52 pm

Congratulations, Rick! Great score.
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Re: Exam Result

Post by Arynews » Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:34 am

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-Paul.
Great scores Cristiano. I bet you must have studied hard so congrats.
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Re: Exam Result

Post by Empty-SS » Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:42 pm

I just passed the OCA recently with 85%.

Prior to this the only programming I've done in Java was for an OOP course in my second year of undergrad (CS). The preparation I did was to go over all the Whizlabs and Enthuware exams and review the questions that I got wrong. On Whizlabs I scored 50 to 80% in my first week of preparation, and on Enthuware I scored 64 to 78% on my attempts during the second week. I basically wrote 1 test a day and did review afterwards for the incorrect answers. I still remembered most OOP concepts from maybe 3-4 years ago, but just had to learn some of the nitty gritty features of Java.

Real test was easier than the mock exams I have written by quite a bit. I was never really stuck on any particular question, and at worse if I didn't know the answer then I felt like it was probably a 50/50 chance (I marked about ~20 questions but didn't really want to review to be honest since I felt like I did well enough and I was tired with about 30 minutes left). Based on the previous history of feedback and my experience, I would say that if you could pass the Enthuware exams consistently without any help from google or a compiler then you should be ready for the OCA.

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Re: Exam Result

Post by TwistedLizard » Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:10 am

Just passed with 91%. Your service was key in helping me to manage that!

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