Studying for 1Z0-062: Oracle Database 12c: Installation and Administration

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The 1Z0-062 exam fulfills the administration requirement of the certification track that will result in becoming an Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Associate. In addition to passing this exam, you must also take and pass an exam that fulfills the SQL requirement of the administration track. 1Z0-062 is one of the more common exams taken by candidates seeking to become Oracle certified. Professionals with the ability to administer an Oracle database are always in demand. Passing this exam does not ensure that an individual will be a good database administrator and it certainly does not guarantee that they will find immediate employment as a DBA. However, it can act as a stepping stone towards both goals. Pursuing this certification is not the same thing as passing the exam, however. Oracle University has never created certification exams that are pushovers and recently they seem to be working to make them even more challenging. These exams are easy to fail when candidates are not fully prepared. This article is intended to provide some basic steps towards getting ready for it.

All of the topics that the 1Z0-062 exam will cover are listed on the Oracle Education website. Visiting that website to look through the topics should be one of the very first steps you take. A skilled Oracle database administrator must be aware of thousands of tidbits of information about the Oracle database. Passing the test, however, requires knowing about the topics listed on the website. The topic lists from Oracle University are always definitive when it comes to the questions that will appear on the exam. The Installation and Administration exam has eighty-five topics in thirty subject areas. The test itself will have ninety-five multiple-choice or multiple-answer questions and you’ll have one-hundred and fifty minutes to complete it. The passing score is sixty-seven percent. For the multiple-answer questions, you will receive no partial credit. Any questions that are not answered will count against your score as much as answering one incorrectly. You should not leave any question unanswered on the exam — even if the answer is simply one that you pick randomly.

The number of topics on 1Z0-062 is fairly large when compared to other Oracle certification tests. In addition, the Installation and Administration test covers an extremely broad range of subject areas. Most certification tests from Oracle have a fairly narrow set of topics that they focus on. The number of topics jumped significantly between the 11g and 12c exams as well as the total number of questions asked on the exam. There is little doubt that this test is harder than the equivalent one that was created for the 11g DBA OCA certification. You need to allocate ample time to prepare for this exam if you want to pass on the first attempt.

The Oracle manuals are an excellent source for learning more about the database. They are available free from Oracle’s website in both HTML and PDF forms. If you are new to Oracle, I highly recommend reading the Oracle Database Concepts manual from cover to cover. The Concepts manual in particular does a good job of introducing the various concepts that an Oracle Database Administrator must understand. The 2-Day DBA is another book available from Oracle that can jump start your preparation for this test. It covers a significant percentage of the topics that the exam deals with. There are also several interactive tutorials on the Oracle Learning Library that can be of assistance in your study process.

OCA-level exams are designed to cover a wide range of topics to a shallow depth. The exam will not require candidates to have extensive knowledge of any single objective. However, the sheer quantity of subjects on this exam means there is a great deal to learn. Your goal for this exam should be to learn a reasonable amount of information about each of the listed topics rather than to become an expert on any single one of them. Be sure to get the list of objectives from the Oracle Education website and use them as a checklist while you prepare. Ensure that you are comfortable with all of them before scheduling the exam. Good luck on the test.

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