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The only two recommended vendors are Self-Test Software and Transcender. I wrote an article about practice tests for Oracle exams that talks about the differences between them and general recommendations on using practice tests to prepare for Oracle exams:
thanks for the reply I went through your thread, my strategy is for each topic in the exam first go through the book and then take the practise questions for that topic in the kaplan/transcender software. Then i can find my weak spots in each topic and this will speed up the process. I thought of following this process because when I was getting ready for my OCA exam it took a long time as I was not confident of whether I had grasped all the relevant concepts in each topic. I started using the selftest (kaplan) software only after going throug the whole book, then while using the prep kit I realized there were some concepts which the book(oracle press) had not covered comprehensively. mostly i used the prep kit in practise mode to my weaknesses therefore it helped in that way. what do you think about my strategy ?
P.S. this time im using the sybex book
Your strategy sounds reasonable. I'm don't really like the phrase 'speed up the process'. Studying for a certification isn't a race. I would be much more comfortable if you had said "Then i can find my weak spots in each topic _that I need to study further_."
You can find additional (free) resources at the following link. It has links to articles on the Oracle Learning Library and other sites that contain information on the test topics.
I see that your site built on apexYes. I've developed in several of Oracle's web-interfaces over the years, most of which are defunct (and should be) because Apex beats them all hands-down. It's great to be able to add additional articles, tests, books, etc. to my web site as I find them with just a few INSERT statements.
One other thing sorry in advance if I'm bothering you is there a PDF version of the book which I can pay and download
Study Guide for 1Z0-053: Oracle Database 11g: Administration II (Oracle Certification Prep) by Matthew Morris (Jan 26, 2013)
As the shipping costs are higher than the book, as I'm in sri lanka and on a tight budget :)