Bought Matthew Morris’ OCP 12c upgrade book for Key DBA Skills section

I haven’t even started on Sam Alapati’s OCP book but I realized today that Matthew Morris’s OCP 12c upgrade book has an outline of the Key DBA Skills section of the OCP exam and that is what I need most.  I was two questions away on that section when I took the test the first time and I need to make sure I’m studying the right things.  After I got back to the office after failing my first attempt (a $245 lesson) I made notes about what I remember being unsure of and that gave me some ideas what to study.  But, it is nice to get some advice from someone else who has passed the exam.  I saved a couple of bucks by getting the Kindle version for $9.99 so it seemed like a safe bet.  Hopefully I can hit it hard on both books and my practice test software, which also covers the key DBA skills, and be able to take the test again by the end of the August.

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I live in Chandler, Arizona with my wife and three daughters. I work for US Foods, the second largest food distribution company in the United States. I've been working as an Oracle database administrator and PeopleSoft administrator since 1994. I'm very interested in Oracle performance tuning.
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6 Responses to Bought Matthew Morris’ OCP 12c upgrade book for Key DBA Skills section

  1. Alexandre Focante says:

    Hey Bobby, your blog is very nice, simple and clear, and many times I get myself with the same thinkings of your posts.

    I would like to see here you commenting a big about the Sam Alapati’s OCP book, if its really worthy for the 12c OCP upgrade test. Also, let us know about this book you just bought, from Matthew Morris.

    • Bobby says:


      Thanks for your comment. I’ll definitely let people know how it goes. I feel good about my purchases. $45 for Sam Alapati’s book, $10 for Matthew Morris’ book and my employer bought me the testprep software which cost $100. Not bad when you consider that a week long class probably costs $3000.

      I’m excited about Matthew’s book because it gives me some clarity on what to study on the second part of the test. I was starting to flounder because there is so much I could study and I would never get done. Now I’m planning to focus just on my three resources – the two books and the software – and let them drive any additional study of the manuals or testing of the software that is needed to clarify what the resources say.

      – Bobby

  2. praveen says:

    Hi, during my Oracle 11g upgrade OCP, I used Sam’s book, I find lot of mistakes and incorrect information.

    • Bobby says:


      I had the same experience with his 11g OCP book, but then I passed the test so that’s the only thing that really matters. I used Sam Alapati’s 11g OCP book and the Kaplan Selftest software and I was able to pass the 11g OCP test on my first attempt. I figure that when I get to the point that I can find the errors in the book and the software then I know I’m ready. It worked on 11g. Time will tell with 12c. It’s a tough test.

      – Bobby

  3. fredjones95 says:

    Odd, the “Key DBA Skills” section turned out to be the easiest but that was because I thoroughly studied and passed 1z0-052 and 1z0-053 late last year. With 11g under my belt, the upgrade section was all I had to tackle and I passed 1z0-060 at ease. Now all I need is an employer willing to accept my knowledge despite my only having a few months of hands on experience.

    • Bobby says:

      Thank you for your comment and I wish you well in your job search. Someone else said that they studied their 11g certification preparation materials and that helped them pass the Key DBA Skills section so that may be a good approach. I’m hoping to take another stab at the test by the end of next week.

      It may not be of much use to you depending on where you live, but we do have an open DBA position. Also, I think that Pythian is hiring so you might try them. Companies need Oracle DBAs but the job search process can get in the way of connecting people to them.

      – Bobby

      p.s. Here is my post on our DBA position:

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