I want to share with you with my success. 2nd of February 2012 I’ve passed Oracle Certification 1Z0-851 with 88% result. I want to share with you with my preparations and opinion about the exam. It isn’t very hard, but you need to pass it to get the other ( harder ).
Everyone, who was learning to this exam, give you advice to get the book: „Katherine Sierra & Bert Bates – SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065 Study Guide” – now it is OCPJP. This book is wrote very good. It has many examples and notes, how to pass this exam. After each chapter there is a bunch of questions (about 15) , similar to those on the exam. I think the questions are harder than those on the real exam. This book is on first position to preparations. When you end with this book what next? When you are reading this book you can take http://www.coderanch.com/how-to/java/ScjpMockTests or find some. In my opinion mock test are too easy to the exam, but on the beginning you can take a few. Next step is to download trail version (or to buy license i think it is worth it) of JQ+ on – http://www.enthuware.com/ . This is one of the best applications, that offer a lot harder questions and give you answer and very good explanations. Second very good applications is http://www.whizlabs.com/ . And last two applications i was using to pass the exam was: http://www.certpal.com/ExamWeb/content/question.do and http://examlab.tk/. First of them has medium hard questions, but has explanations too. Second one has 5 exams with old exam type – 72 questions, about (360 questions). Exam Lab give you i think one of the best explanations. Most of knowledge i get from that explanations.
Exam isn’t very hard. It all depends on the preparations. Some of questions are based on documentations. You get the most from the preparations. You can organize your knowledge and find many informations that can be helpful in your work. I am really enjoy i pass it only by learning, i don’t spent $ to buy actual questions. I passed the exam with my knowledge.
It was worth it? I think it was. This certificate matters in IT world. Maybe not by everyone, but by most of them. I am very satisfied with my achievement. It built my ambitions for next … maybe it will be soon.