I have to admit to being quite nervous before taking the exam, after my grumblings last week I was worried that there was just too much to take in and I wouldn't remember it all.
In the end though, I did just fine.
It's actually surprising how much you take in without realising it - once I'd calmed down a bit and focused on the questions, it all just started coming back.
I think a lot of this may be down to the way that I prepared for the exam.
I tried to spread out the studying over a period of time, rather than trying to cram at the last minute.
As there are some topics that require a quite detailed understanding, I found that studying little and often was the best approach for me.
As some of the other Consultants at SolstonePlus are about to start studying for the exams, Mark has asked that I jot down a few notes to help the others with their studying.
Once I've done that I'll post it here.
One thing I will say to anybody who is thinking of going for the certification is that you have to be prepared to put the work in.
Studying for the exam has taken over my life for the last week.
In my opinion, it really isn't enough to skim through the text book the night before, or to just download and attempt the practice exams.
Again, I'm not wanting to spark up the 'to OCP or not to OCP' discussion, but I think it all boils down to why you are doing the exams.
My motivation wasn't just so that I could say I was an Oracle Certified Professional, or to be able to use the logo on my CV to impress people, but rather to strengthen the Oracle skills I already had.
In that respect, studying for, and taking the exam has done just that.
I have only been working with the 10g release for a couple of months now and, as I've mentioned before, my previous Oracle experience has been limited to small scale systems.
I now feel a lot more confident in my knowledge and abilities and have filled a lot of the gaps where there were things I felt I really should know.
All in all, whatever your personal views are on the OCP track, I'm quite proud of myself as I feel I have achieved something.
The Newbie tag is gone for good!