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OCP Java SE 6 Programmer Practice Exams (Exam 310-065): Exam 310-055 (Certification Press) [Kindle Edition]

Bert Bates , Kathy Sierra
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Book Description

Don't Let the Real Test Be Your First Test!

Written by two of the lead developers of the Java SE Programmer Exam, OCP Java SE 6 Programmer Practice Exams is filled with more than 260 realistic practice questions to prepare you for this challenging exam. To help you understand this material, in-depth explanations of both the correct and incorrect answers are included for every question. This practical guide covers all official objectives for Exam 310-065 and is the perfect companion to SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Study Guide.

Covers all OCP Java SE 6 Programmer exam topics, including:

  • Declarations and Access Control
  • Object Orientation
  • Assignments
  • Operators
  • Flow Control, Exceptions, and Assertions
  • Strings, I/O, Formatting, and Parsing
  • Generics and Collections
  • Inner Classes
  • Threads
  • Development


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About the Author

Bert Bates, SCJP, was a lead developer of the SCJP and SCWCD exams for Sun. He is the coauthor, with Kathy Sierra, of SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Study Guide.

Kathy Sierra, SCJP, was a lead developer of the SCJP exam and the SCWCD exam. She was also a certified Sun Java instructor and is the founder of the world's largest Java certification website, javaranch.com.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1614 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (November 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C44KIS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Jeau
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love the quality of McGraw Hills books and specially the ones to prepare the Java Certify exams. I'm also a Kindle user with very good experiences reading books in Kindle versions.

But this one is completely useless. As you may know, Kindle books are actually a kind of HTML code (with labels like: '<'html'>', '<'body'>', '<'p'>', etc.). Well, Java ALSO use these kind of labels for its GENERIC parameters, so when you open this book in Kindle version you lose every generic argument (and there are a lot of them in the exams) because the book reader thinks they are HTML labels and don't show them.
This problem also affects to EVERY comparation expression which uses the characters ">" or "<" or ">=" or "<="...

So, as you can check in the Free Sample here in Amazon, in the question 9 of the Assestment Test 1, you can find a code fragment like this:

6. List c0 = new List();
7. List c1 = new ArrayList();
8. List c2 = new ArrayList();
9. List c3 = new ArrayList();
10. List c4 = new ArrayList();
11. ArrayList c5 = new ArrayList();

Where lines 7,8,9 and 10 supposedly are different, and you don't see it but all of those lines are actually using generic parameters
Big joke that Amazon is selling this as an exams book. I regret so much of buying this version. I'll try to get Amazon correct the book or give me a solution, because this is unacceptable.

UPDATE (2010-12-20): Amazon has contacted me and they will refund the money of the book. Anyway, I'll leave this reply here to let everyone who think on buying the Kindle version of the book know about this issue, and to encourage them to CHECK FIRST the free sample here in Amazon to see if they have already fixed it.

Thanks so much to Amazon and their quick response and to the author who paid attention on this the same moment I wrote it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lots and lots of hard practice questions December 5, 2010
Format:Paperback
Disclosure: I was one of the tech reviewers of this book so I'm probably biased. I'm reviewing it anyway and saying *why* I liked things.

1) Lots of questions
2) Clear explanations
3) Advice on how to study
4) Similar looking problems that test different things so your brain doesn't memorize "the answer is 'a' as fast"
5) Harder questions than are on the test and a mapping to to how it would relate to an actual score.

Note this is not like the thick SCJP book that is a study guide to the exam. This book is virtually all practice exams.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously difficult compared to actual exam October 16, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I studied for the SCJP (OCJP) test for more than a year (on and off). I started with the SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Exam 310-065 book, which was helpful. Once I finished, I felt that I needed more exam questions before taking the real exam, so I purchased this exams book. My exam scores (for the exams in this book) tracked at around 20-40% correct. Toward the end, I think I scored about 50%. According to this book, with such scores, I wasn't close to being ready to take the real exam. For this reason, I rescheduled the exam several times and I continued to study. The book told me I wasn't ready, right?

I finally got the courage to take the real exam. (My test voucher was about to expire, so I didn't have much choice.) The actual exam is *worlds* easier than the exams in this book. I scored an 83% on the real exam, but according to this book, I wasn't close to being ready to take it. I finished the exam with 45 minutes to spare, after several rounds of review. As another reviewer stated, there are fewer options for each question and the number of correct answers for each question is stated in the real exam. This makes the questions much easier! On top of that, the questions were more obvious. (Sure, there were tricky things thrown in (e.g., final and static modifiers) here and there.) To be fair, the book states that the questions are more difficult than those on the actual exam.

So, yes, the exams book did inform me of some exam 'gotchas'. It also scared me so much that I almost didn't take the exam. I would have preferred a book that was representative of the actual exam.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good but better options available May 8, 2011
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I passed the exam with 98% and while this book had a part to play, in the hind sight, I feel it wasn't money well spent, specially since I already had the SCJP Study Guide by the same Authors. I wanted to practice some more questions before the actual exam and based on the positive reviews I bought this book for that purpose. I must say the book tries to make it convenient to help the user reach to specific question(s) since it contains the same question with and with out answer and has a mapping of exam objectives and the questions. Of course, it can't escape the limitations of a book, but there are some things I wish the authors had made more exam like.

The actual exam tells you the number of correct options that you have to select, this book doesn't. Apparently, this was done to "help" the reader learn better, but I found it really frustrating because it makes the questions really hard to answer in the given time limit. This leaves you totally clueless as to how fast or slow you should go in the actual exam.

My second biggest gripe that that the proportion of very twisted questions seemed high. They are unrealistic as compared to the actual exam. Some questions have as many as 8 options! In the actual exam I got may be a question or two with 6 options. One can argue that it is all for your own good and I think it is ok for the other book I mentioned before, but I was expecting more exam like stuff from this book.

I am not sure if the other reviewers actually used the book while studying for and before taking the actual test or just read the book casually and posted 5 start reviews here because my experience with the book was very different. I finally bought exam simulator from Enthuware for $20 which was exactly what I was looking for. I wish I had bought it before spending $40 (including shipping to SA) on this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good for the test
Published 3 months ago by Chaklader Asfak Arefe
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Better late than never. The book helps me a lot. Great reference :)
Published 5 months ago by Paulvic
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Study Book
You need to have read the other SCJP study book to really get something out of this book, but once you have done that, it really helps reinforce the test's concepts.
Published 16 months ago by Leah Moseley
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I have intended approve the scjp. For that reason i brought this book. Is very recomendable for all java candidate to read it.
Published 18 months ago by Lautaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful. and very good quality.
I've just seen some of the, and it seems to be very useeful for the exam, to get to understand the way it's done, with the questions, the choises to reply, and a good explanation... Read more
Published on October 18, 2012 by Diana
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
It is an excellent book, It contains the neccessary practices for the test of certification of Java. The book contains many situacions the you need to know like a java developer.
Published on August 7, 2012 by Roy Bonilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased
My book came fast, was very useful and Jason (the seller) even followed up with me to make sure I was fully satisfied. Better than a lot of large companies.
Published on January 7, 2012 by JimO
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy Book
A very useful book,before taking the exam. The questions in the book are tougher than what actually appears in the exam. The book covers every topic. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by Ashwini
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for test preparation.
You need to complete a study guide book BEFORE you attempt the practice exams in this one. I recommend traditional hardcopy rather than Kindle or pdf. Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by Howard
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Best Mock Exams
The mock exam questions in this book are much harder than the real exam. What I mean is that you can waste a lot of time with very tricky questions in this book or you could go to... Read more
Published on November 15, 2011 by Kaydell
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