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OCA 8 Book: Online Material and Practice Exams now available

January 23rd, 2015 by Jeanne Boyarsky

If you’re one of the individuals who already purchased the e-book of our OCA 8 Study Guide, you might have noticed the online materials weren’t up yet. They went up today.

If you’ve ordered a printed book, we are getting close. Amazon.com is currently predicting delivery between January 27th and February 25th. We will post again on this blog as soon as we hear of an actual US delivery. First printed book delivery was reported on January 31st.

We are also doing a book promotion at CodeRanch next week. Ask us a question and be entered to win a copy of the book.

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What do the online materials include?

  1. 3 mock/practice exams (60 questions each)
  2. 2 sets of flashcards
  3. A searchable glossary
  4. Electronic versions of the assessment test and end of chapter review questions from the book

How do I register for access?

Step 1 – buy the book. Once you have an electronic copy or printed copy of the book in hand, it is easy. When going to the Sybex test bank site, you are asked to supply/create an access code. Creating one is easy. You are asked for your name and email. You are also asked to answer a question that is easy if you have the book. (Like “what is the answer to question 3 in chapter 2” or “fill in the blank from the text of figure 2.4”). Then the access code is emailed to you. It came immediately when I tested it.

With the access code, you go back to the test bank site and create an account. You get to use your email as username and the password of your choice making it easy to remember. Then you are in!

How is the test engine?

This is a new test engine from Wiley. Older books came with a CD that had a Flash based system for questions. While I’m sure this is very nice for non-coding exams, the old engine only showed a handful of lines of code on screen which was bad for programming exams. I’m SO glad they improved this before our book came out.

The new test engine is beautiful. It shows roughly as much code as the real exam. It has a timer so you know how long you have taken. (It counts up instead of down like the real exam does, but you know how long the real exam gives you so this is fine. It’s actually a good thing since Oracle likes to change the length of time allowed for the exam.) The engine lets you bookmark questions for review; as does the real exam. The whole system is intuitive and nice to use.

Author advice

  1. The engine lets you choose how many questions you want in the practice exam. I recommend taking them with the 60 questions each that are indented. A lot of thought went into which questions appear together on a practice exam and you’ll get the most realistic experience.
  2. The flashcards allow you to choose sequential or random order. I recommend random order. Just like you’d shuffle your physical flashcards to make sure you remember best.

Comments

Comment from Kang Chen
Posted: July 27, 2015 at 9:41 am

I bought OCA-Study Guide from Amazon about a month ago and I can’t find the access code, could you please help me?
Ordered on June 26, 2015 Order# 002-1954393-1009822

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: August 1, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Per the blog post “Creating one is easy. You are asked for your name and email. You are also asked to answer a question that is easy if you have the book. “

Comment from David O
Posted: November 4, 2015 at 11:06 pm

I had a terrible experience taking the online Sybex Practice Exam 1. After finishing the exam, the site promptly timed out my session and booted me before I could review many of my results. So I basically wasted 90 minutes taking a 60 question practice exam, only to not learn anything about which ones I got wrong or why. The session timeout needs to be increased by a couple hours.

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: November 18, 2015 at 9:18 pm

David: I’m sorry to hear that happened. Did you report it to Sybex on their site so the vendor that makes the software can look at it? Preferably with the browser name/version you are using.

Comment from Kanke
Posted: January 6, 2016 at 6:05 am

Site has been down since yesterday. I am having difficulty accessing the test banks. Kindly Assist.

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: January 7, 2016 at 8:52 pm

It’s up now. In the future, please report test bank availability issues to Wiley/Sybex support.

Comment from Jorma
Posted: April 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm

There’s a obvious failure in the Sybex exam for Chapter 2 Question 18. The exam expects answer A while the explanation explains correctly why it has to be answer B

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: April 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm

Jorma: Agreed. That’s listed in our OCA errata

Comment from Kevin
Posted: June 14, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Is the Sybex test bank website down? I’ve been using it the past several months and today I cannot access it.

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: June 14, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Kevin,
I can’t get to it either. I reported it via the email form. (which is public and the best way to contact them if this happens again.) I happen to be at a conference and live blogging. Otherwise, I’d be at work and not see this comment for hours.

Comment from Kevin
Posted: June 19, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Hi Jeanne

Thanks for your reply. It appears they have completely restructed their website, and they have broken links to the webpage to Login.

http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-827764.html

^^ Broken link at above URL if you hit “Register or Login”

How can I get access to these online materials? The book is advertised as having this online access, and I purchased it mainly because of that.

While we have written copies of the Chapter Exams, I don’t know where we can get the two full length practice exams other than the online portal. Do you have any information on this? I have reported it through the online form already with no response.

As the author of the book who partnered with Sybex, I’d imagine you’d have more power than the average customer to look into this problem.

Where can I get the other two full length practice texts that are described in the text and on the cover of the book? Thank you.

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: June 20, 2016 at 8:39 pm

Kevin,
Ok. Reporting via the public form clearly isn’t working. I’ll complaint to our direct contact.

Unfortunately the only place the full length practice exams are only online. (There are two not three.) Which makes this website really important!

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: June 21, 2016 at 9:13 pm

Kevin,
They are back up. Sybex/Wiley had a server outage.

Comment from Kevin
Posted: June 21, 2016 at 9:17 pm

Jeanne,

Wonderful ! I just checked and it seems to be back up.

A server outage ? Hmm, with new loading screens, smoother GUI transitions, and lightly redesigned exam screens, it must have been a very productive server outage 🙂

Thank you for your help and responsiveness.

Comment from Alan Kilbride
Posted: July 25, 2016 at 6:15 am

Hi,

Do you know how many times can someone take the practice exams?

Idealy we could take them multiple times.

Thanks,
Alan.

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: July 25, 2016 at 10:41 pm

Alan,
You can take the practice exams as many times as you want. They becomes less effective over time as you memorize the answers. We’ve tried to have some similar looking questions that test different things to make it harder for them to “wear off.”

Comment from DJ
Posted: October 19, 2016 at 10:21 pm

It would be nice if there was a version without the online material and maybe charge less. I bought the book, but didn’t use the online material.

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: October 22, 2016 at 8:56 am

DJ: The price is competitive with books that don’t have online material.

Comment from David
Posted: March 26, 2017 at 10:11 am

Hello Jeanne,

I would also like to recommend the readers about free 1z0-808 and 1z0-809 practice tests available at:

https://www.certification-questions.com/java8-free-mock-exams/1Z0-808-practice-test.html

and

https://www.certification-questions.com/java8-free-mock-exams/1Z0-809-practice-test.html

We have 1z0-808 and 1z0-809 dumps and free PDF to study!

Comment from Daniel
Posted: September 25, 2017 at 5:47 am

The Sybex site returns 503 code. I’ve waited a couple of days and nothing changes. When can we expect it to be up again?

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: September 25, 2017 at 8:42 pm

Daniel: The site is working for me. Is there any particular page that isn’t working? (Also try again. You posted before the business day began so maybe they fixed it between your comment and my trying it)

Comment from Daniel
Posted: September 26, 2017 at 3:22 am

Hi Jeanne, you are right, it works now. I was trying to access it over the weekend. 🙂 Cheers and thanks for these great books!

Comment from Koen
Posted: February 15, 2018 at 7:32 am

Hi Jeanne,

Thank you for writing the OCA Study Guide that helps me preparing for the exam. I’m having trouble finding a 2016+ version of the book where most of the errata listings are fixed. Is there a different ISBN for that? How do I know the difference in printing 1 and 2? Currently using ISBN: 978-1-118-95740-0 with the 8 page errata from the site.

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: February 18, 2018 at 7:39 pm

Hi. It is the same ISBN number. Once book sellers run through the “older” printing, all books they send are the second printing.

To tell what printing you have, you look at the page with the copyright and look at the bottom of the page. THe numbers that count down from 10 in the last line are different.

Comment from Robert
Posted: July 6, 2018 at 2:29 am

Hi
I can no longer reach http://www.sybex.com/go/ocajavase8

Comment from Jeanne Boyarsky
Posted: July 8, 2018 at 9:31 am

Works for me

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