on 29 February 2012
All exam topics are covered, architecture descriptions excellent. Very nice exercises, do them a few times and make up some variations, and you pass no problem.
I'm knocking off a star because the section on ASM is out of date: it was written for 11.1, and 11.2 is different. But the exam doesn't have any questions that refer to 11.2, so it is OK - just a waste of time studying something that isn;t examined.
on 10 January 2011
I found the information in this book was very well put together with clear explainations and detailed examples, enough to cover a sweep of configurations. If you want to pass the exam however I would recommend an installing a test database to play around with the examples in the book and some extra reading to beef up the information (online manuals, examples and forums).
5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2010
Don't bother buying the book, it's a waste of money. I just finished the OCA course and none of the questions in the exams were in the book. There this sentence on page 2 "McGawr-Hill is an independent company from Oracle Corp", I thought this was an official Oracle book, supported by Oracle to help you study and pass the the OCA/OCP exam, so I expected a reasonably close wording, syntax, question style between the test exams and the real ones. It turns out it wasn't the case, at all !