Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The books, guides, and materials used for my OCA/OCP/OCE Exam Preparation.

Dear All,

As I’m an Oracle Certified Professional on multiple tracks i.e. Oracle Database 10g/9i/8i, Oracle Database 10g RAC Expert Certified, and Oracle 11i E-Business Suite (Application) DBA. So, I have been asked many times in the OTN Forums and by the emails from my blog viewers that "How do you prepare for the certification exams?" And "what advice/tips/suggestions do you have for the certification candidates?"

Even if I have answered to those questions many times, this time, I wanted to have my advice/tips/suggestions posted in my blog for the certification candidates.

01) In addition to any available book in the market for OCA/OCP preparation, I would strongly advice and suggest using Oracle Student Guides/Oracle ILT Materials for your OCA/OCP preparation.

02) Most of the theoretical and logical questions in the real exam are asked from these guides/materials concepts or chapters.

03) These student guides are more simplified and very easy to understand, and have very précised and handy information.

04) The information or concepts of Oracle Student Guides/Oracle ILT Materials have been abstracted, prepared, and developed using the bunch of Oracle Documentations.

05) For writing Oracle Certification Exams, it's very hard to prepare the whole repository of Oracle Documentations. That's why; Oracle University prepared the précised and concise Student Guides/ITL Materials.

06) After finishing thoroughly reading these guides, as many times as you can, till you get the concepts from this materials, the next step is preparing the practice exams, before you take up the real exam.

07) In my opinion and my experience in writing OCP Exams, the practice exams of Self Test Software and Transcender are highly recommended for preparing the OCA/OCP/OCE Exams.

08) This will give you the similar look and feel, and the pattern of the real exam, and helps you manage in real exam.

09) All most of all the practice questions from these test engines (Self Test Software and Transcender) are developed and derived from Oracle Student Guides/Oracle ILT Materials Concepts.

10) Never mug up the practice exam questions and answers, instead try understanding the question and the answer, if needed for any syntax or command sort of questions, do the paper work i.e write the question, syntax or command, and answers in the paper to remember and understand.

11) Concisely what I would suggest is, read the Oracle Student Guides/ILT Materials meticulously as much as you can and do more practice the questions of the test engines (Self Test Software and Transcender) for your Oracle Certification Exam Preparation.

What are the Student Guides/ILT (Instructor Led Training) Materials?
Click here to know about the Student Guides/ILT (Instructor Led Training) Materials

What are the Self Test Software and Transcended Test engines?
Self Test Software and Transcended

For any suggestions, tips, experience of Others on OCA/OCP/OCE, please take a look in the below blog URL.

And also search in OTN Forums for more questions and answers on Certification doubts/questions.
Oracle Certification Forum

One stop for all your Oracle Certification Program Details.
Oracle Certification Program

Oracle Certifiction Program Candidate Guide

OCP 10g Candidate Guide

Oracle Magazine Inside OCP Columns

List of Topics on OCP Exams

Oracle Certification Preparation (OCP)/Hidden Treasures

OCP Hidden Treasures!!!

How important is to an Oracle Certification?

Happy reading !! and best of luck for your Certification Exams !!

Any comments or suggestions are always welcomed.

Sabdar Syed,


nayeem said...
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Sabdar Syed said...

Thanks Nayeem for your comments.

You didn’t specify whether you are an Oracle 9i OCA or Oracle 10g OCA.

If assumed, you are an OCA in 9i, then you have to complete two more exams to become an OCP, they are as follows.

1) EXAM - Oracle9i Database: Fundamentals II - 1Z0-032

2) EXAM - Oracle9i Database: Performance Tuning - 1Z0-033

3) Later you may need to undergo one approved course from Oracle University/Oracle Authorized Training Centers.

4) Eventually, to receive an OCP Completion Certification kit, you have to fill and submit the Hands On Course Requirement Form to the Oracle.

If assumed, you are an Oracle 10g OCA, and then you many need to complete the following exam.

Exam - Oracle Database 10g: Administration II - 1Z0-043

Refer the above 3rd and 4th points to receive your OCP Certification kit.

Best of luck.

Sabdar Syed.