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Exam Preparation Guide

Oracle Database Administrator (DBA)

Oracle Certification brings a higher standard of benchmarked skills and abilities, which leads to greater
opportunities and higher pay packages. According to Information Week Magazine, "Oracle is the #1 skill
sought by IT managers, and is the hardest to find."

A research conducted by International Data Corporation revealed the following:

* Certified professionals handled 40% more support calls, and their employers have reported
49% less system downtime.
* For the majority of companies surveyed, the savings from increased effectiveness paid the
costs of certification in fewer than 9 months.

Oracle Certification Tracks

Choose the certification path that best suits your needs. Based on the job profiles of people working on
Oracle technologies, tools, and solutions, Oracle has identified the following certification tracks:

* Database Administrator (DBA)

* Application Developer
* Web Application Server Administrator

Database Administrator (DBA)

DBA is responsible for administrative activities such as installing database, taking backups, managing
and fine-tuning performance over the network, and data recovery. They have the knowledge of basic
architecture of the Oracle database.
This track is further divided into following:
* Oracle8i Certified Professional
* Oracle9i Certified Associate, Professional, and Master

Oracle8i Certified Professional

You must pass the following 5 exams to obtain your Oracle8i OCP credential.
1. Exam#1Z0-001 Introduction to Oracle: SQL and PL/SQL
Exam #1Z0-007 Introduction to Oracle9i: SQL
2. Exam #1Z0-023 Oracle8i: Architecture and Administration
3. Exam #1Z0-025 Oracle8i: Backup and Recovery
4. Exam #1Z0-024 Oracle8i: Performance Tuning
5. Exam #1Z0-026 Oracle8i: Network Administration

Oracle9i Certified Associate and Professional

Oracle9i Certified Associate
The Oracle Certification Program begins with the Associate level. At this apprentice skill level, Oracle
Certified Associates have skill sets that allow them to act as a junior team member working with database
administrators or application developers.
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To earn the Oracle9i Database Administrator Certified Associate credential, 2 exams need to be cleared;
the first one can be taken via the Internet, while the subsequent exam must be taken in a proctored

You must pass the following 2 exams to obtain your Oracle9i DBA OCA credential.
1. Exam #1Z0-007 Introduction to Oracle9i: SQL
This is an online exam. It is also available at Oracle University or Authorized Prometric Test
Exam #1Z0-001 Introduction to Oracle: SQL and PL/SQL
If you have previously passed exam #1Z0-001, you will not be required to pass
Exam #1Z0-007.
2. Exam #1Z0-031 Oracle 9i Database: Fundamentals I
This is a proctored exam that is available only at Oracle University or Authorized Prometric Test

Oracle9i DBA Certified Professional

The first step toward earning the highly respected Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) status is to earn
your Oracle9i DBA Certified Associate (OCA) credential. When you are ready to advance your Oracle9i
database expertise, it's time to take the next step toward becoming an OCP.

Candidates pursuing their Oracle9i DBA OCP must pass the following 2 exams as well as completing at
least 1 Oracle University hands-on course within the Oracle9i DBA learning path to obtain their Oracle9i
DBA OCP credential:
1. Exam #1Z0-032 Oracle9i Database: Fundamentals II
2. Exam #1Z0-033 Oracle9i Database: Performance Tuning

Exam Information

Passing Scores
Oracle routinely publishes new versions of Oracle Certification exams, and the passing score across
versions may differ. The passing score for each exam is set independently to maintain a consistent
standard across versions. For example, to maintain a consistent standard for success, a new version of
an exam, which contains more difficult questions than the prior version, will be assigned a somewhat
lower passing score.
For this reason, passing scores may vary between different exams in your certification track, and between
2 versions of the same exam.
The passing scores provided on the Oracle Certification Program website are for informational purposes
only. Oracle does not recommend an exam preparation strategy targeting the passing score, because
passing scores are subject to change.

Format of the Certification Exams

All exams are closed book exams. No written materials or notebook computers will be allowed in the
testing area. All questions are either multiple choice, fill in the missing word, or match these against those.

Exam Prices
The price for exam 1Z0-007 is $90 US Dollars over the Internet and in Authorized Prometric Testing
Centers. The price for all other Oracle Certification exams is equivalent to $125 US Dollars, plus any local
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Where to take these Exams?

Tests for the Oracle exams are conducted at authorized Prometric testing centers worldwide. Use their
on-line Test Center Locator to find the test center closest to you.

Preparing for the Exam

Once you have decided which Oracle Examination Track to go for, download the Candidate Guide for the
track you are pursuing. The guide contains test topics, preparation, and registration material. It is highly
recommended by the Oracle Certification Program that candidates review the Test Content Checklist
before completing an exam. You may also review the Checklist online.
According to Certmag's 2003 Salary Survey,
* 71% of respondents felt Self-study books were valuable in preparing for the exam.
* 67.6% of respondents felt that Practice exams, such as exam simulators were valuable in
preparing for the exam.
It is evident from Certmag’s survey that majority of respondents use self-study books for exam preparation.
It also indicates that a large number of certification aspirants consider Exam Simulators as a valuable tool
for their preparation.

Exam simulator is a scientifically designed preparation tool that simulates the actual exam environment
with similar types of questions and pattern. It is designed to help you acquire the optimum momentum
required to direct your course of study.

Whizlabs software is a leading provider of IT skill assessment and certification exam preparation tools.

How can you prepare effectively?

You have identified your goal and are ready to prepare yourself for these highly recognized certification
exams. You want to score high, the course is large and the time is less. The Question is:
* How to prepare fast and accurate?
* How to focus on important topics first, master them fast and retain what you’ve learnt?

Through Simulator - A scientific method to prepare

The solution lies in the approach towards your study. One such approach is through an exam simulator
that simulates/replicates the actual exam environment with similar types and patterns of questions. It is
designed to guide you and help acquire the optimum momentum during the course of your study.

Whizlabs has designed and developed exam simulators as a certification preparation tool, which makes
use of a “scientific approach” of study. With its unique features, these exam simulators assist you in
your preparation for the certification exam by highlighting your strengths and weaknesses.

“Whizlabs Exam Simulators”, not only give you unmatched and proven quality content but also help
you prepare and retain whatever you have learnt all the way to your exam and thereafter. Here explained,
step by step, is how it works for you!!

Step 1 Diagnostic Exam - Assess yourself

This exam with its specially designed set of questions
will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses
that need to be worked upon.
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Step 2 Practice Exams - Practice your skills

The set of Practice Exams available here, will help
you practice more on the actual certification exam

Step 3 Customized Exams - Focused practice

You can practice again with the customized exams,
but with an option to choose yourself, the number of
questions, topic, and difficulty level of the questions
and that too in the areas you find yourself weak. This
will help you mould your preparation in the way you

Step 4 Quiz - Squeeze that extra second

Make your study complete by mastering how to
manage your time while answering questions under
strict time constraints. The feature of Quiz in Whizlabs
Simulator has been designed just for this. In this
feature, you’ll have option to choose the number of
questions from various exam objectives and the time
for which the question will be displayed. Study could
never be so interesting without this feature!!

Step 5 Tips N Tricks - Dos and don’ts

There are things that you must do and there are
certain others that you must not; we make sure through
Tips N Tricks that you know them all. Tips N Tricks
help fine tune your approach and avoid mistakes that
others commonly do.

Step 6 Quick Revision Notes - Instant revisions

Here is a handy list of small pointers straight from
heart of the exam course, which will help you revise
the entire course instantly. Whizlabs simulator includes
these notes as ‘part’ of its features.
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Step 7 Final Exam - Grand finale

Last comes the final exam with which you conclude
your preparation to walk in the exam room fully
confident and walk out with success.

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In its first 3 years only, Whizlabs has helped over 280,000 software professionals earn their dream
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The authors have strong technical competence to say things with authority and clarity. Their experience
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Detailed information about Whizlabs Oracle Exam Simulator
Exam #1Z0-001 Introduction to Oracle: SQL and PL/SQL
Exam #1Z0-007 Introduction to Oracle9i: SQL
Exam #1Z0-023 Oracle8i: Architecture and Administration
Exam # 1Z0-026 Oracle8i: Network Administration
Exam # 1Z0-031 Oracle 9i Database: Fundamentals I

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Oracle Certification Books

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