Thursday, June 18, 2015

Free Oracle Practice Quizzes Available at GoCertify

I have provided quizzes to GoCertify for their Oracle Practice Quiz page that correspond to each of the six exams for which Oracle Certification Practice tests currently exist. At five questions apiece, they are certainly short... but again, free.  Free is always good.

The first of the six was made available yesterday for the 1Z0-047: Oracle Database SQL Expert exam. GoCertify will be releasing a new quiz each week for the remaining five exams (not necessarily in the below order):

  • 1Z0-051: Oracle Database 11g: SQL Fundamentals I
  • 1Z0-060: Upgrade to Oracle Database 12c
  • 1Z0-061: Oracle Database 12c: SQL Fundamentals
  • 1Z0-144: Oracle Database 11g: Program with PL/SQL
  • 1Z0-146: Oracle Database 11g: Advanced PL/SQL

As more Oracle Certification Prep practice tests are created, I plan to continue supplying GoCertify with the equivalent quiz for it. Each of the questions that I am providing had their origin in a question from the corresponding OCPrep practice test.  However, each has been modified to some degree. None of the quiz questions has the exact same questions and answers as what exists in the practice test. I did not want the quiz to have any impact on the experience of taking the full practice exam.

If you are interested in getting a feel for the types of questions that appear on the real exams, but have zero interest in spending any money, please check out the quizzes. If the one you need is not on the GoCertify page yet... check back in a week or two.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Three New Oracle Certification Prep Study Guides Available

Over the past year, I have been bouncing between numerous different projects: study guides, practice tests, articles, and maintaining Every time Oracle opens an interesting new beta test, I tend to spend at least some time mapping out a study guide for it so that I can determine how much of it can be completed based on prior research. Unfortunately, while I have been starting lots of study guides, I haven't completed any since early 2014. Going in to this past weekend, I had study guides for seven different certification exams at some stage of completion -- anywhere from 40% to 90%.

I dedicated this weekend to finishing two of the guides closet to completion: 1Z0-063 -- Oracle Database 12c: Advanced Administration and 1Z0-067 -- Upgrade Oracle9i/10g/11g OCA or OCP to Oracle Database 12c OCP. In addition, with 1Z0-063 done, I created an All-in-One study guide for the 12c OCP credential that combines my study guides for 1Z0-061, 1Z0-062 and 1Z0-063 into a single book. All three of the books have been published and are now available from Amazon:

Study Guide for 1Z0-063: Oracle Database 12c: Advanced Administration

Study Guide for 1Z0-067: Upgrade Oracle9i/10g/11g OCA to Oracle Database 12c OCP

All-In-One Study Guide for 12c OCA/OCP: Exams 1Z0-061 / 1Z0-062 / 1Z0-063

At $19.99, the study guide for 1Z0-067 is the most expensive single guide I have ever published. This is not the beginning of higher prices for my study guides. The page count on this guide is about 180% the average (450 pages vs 250). The cost of producing it means that the increased retail price is required to compensate.  The 1Z0-063 study guide has been released at the normal $14.99. The All-in-One guide is $34.99, which will allow candidates to obtain the contents of all three guides for about $10 less than what would be required to purchase them individually. In addition, it crosses Amazon's 'minimum purchase' level for free shipping.

Over the next couple of months, I plan to work on completing as many of the remaining work-in-process study guides as possible.  They are doing no one any good sitting on the hard drive of my laptop. Hopefully I will be making several more announcements like this one in the near future.