Q. What is the pre-requisite for taking the 1z0-042 test?
A. There is no prerequisite for the 1z0-042 test. The 1z0-042 (OCA) is the first step in the Oracle Database 10g certification track and also the first step towards a successful career as an Oracle professional. However, you must be well experienced with the SQL before you take the test. Even if you are new to the Oracle field, you can still pass the test with self-study or self-schooling. This will require a lot of dedication and practice, managing a database and newly added features in 10g.
Q. How can I register for the test?
A. Register yourself through the registered PearsonVUE testing center. After getting yourself registered for the test, you can contact the testing center to know the schedule (date and time) of your test. Oracle certifications can be taken only at authorized PearsonVUE centers world-wide. The test date may depend on your choice (and availability of slot) in your selected test center. You may choose to register yourself online at http://www.pearsonvue.com/oracle/
Q. How should I start preparing for the test?
A. OCA credential is a great way to start a bright career as a database administrator, as skilled database administrators are in high demand. The 1z0-042 requires foundational skills to manage important database related tasks and database configuration functions. Start preparing for the test by reading the Sybex book. You can get the soft copy of the book from the link. Taking Oracle practice tests will help you raise your confidence.
Q. What are the test objectives?
A. Test objectives can be found at site.
Q. What credit it provides?
A. On successful completion of the 1z0-042 test, you will be a certified Oracle 10g Certified Associate. Also, you will be eligible for the next level of certification.
Q. Which certification does it cover?
A. 1z0-042 covers the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) for 10g certification.
Q. How many questions are asked in the test?
A. There are 90 questions in the test. To pass the exam, you need to score at least 68% (i.e. 61 questions out of 90 questions).
Note: Oracle has the right to change the number of questions with prior notice.
Q. What is the duration of the test?
A: 120 minutes (i.e. 2 hours)
Q. What is the test fee?
A. The cost of the test is US$195 excluding the local taxes if applicable. You can get the details from your nearest PearsonVUE center. The list of VUE centers can be found at http://www.pearsonvue.com/oracle/
Note: The fee is subject to change by Oracle with prior notice.
Q. Which type of the test is it? (Adaptive/Linear)
A. 1z0-042 is a linear test.
Q. What preparation I should do before taking the test?
A. On the day of the test, you need to reach the examination center at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time. When you contact the PearsonVUE center-in-charge, he will take you to a room with a computer that you will use for the exam. He will also provide you with a pen-paper/white board-marker for rough work. He will guide you on the instructions to take the exam. Once you are ready, you can ask him to start the exam.
You are not allowed to take anything with you in the test center. Not even your water bottle or any food. You need to carry two identity proofs, of which, at least one should have your photograph affixed. After you have finished taking the test there will be an online survey in which you will be asked some general questions such as rate yourself on the level of expertise. This will not make any difference in your score. The survey time is excluded from your test duration. Now, you can ask the center-in-charge for the result.
The center-in-charge will give a printed report of your score. The sheet will tell you whether or not you passed the exam. The result sheet also contains the objectives or the areas on which you need to be more focused, as you got the answers of those objectives incorrect.
Q. What is the test retake policy?
A. If you fail in the 1z0-042 test, you will have to wait for 14 days before you take the test again. However, a passed test can never be reattempted.
Q. What is the test retirement policy?
A. Oracle provides 90 days notice before any certification test retires. Oracle posts announcements on the Certification Web site. They also notify exam candidates by email, so please be sure that you always have your most current contact information on file with PearsonVUE.
Q. Where to take the test?
A. The test can be taken at any PearsonVUE testing center world-wide. Search for your nearest PearsonVUE center. The list of PearsonVUE testing centers can be found at PearsonVUE website.
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