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Passed the OCA Java SE 7 Exam

 
Ankur Srivastav
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I was able to pass this exam today and scored 85%. I thought of sharing the experience with those interested in taking the exam.

Why did I chose to give this exam

I had passed the SCJP 1.4 back in 2005 and since then lot has changed in Java. I was interested in revising all the concepts I had learned during that exam as well as start preparing for Java 7 certification. Certifications are challenging and help to get better grasp of fundamentals as well as to stay up to date. For Java 7 I dint wanted to go via the update route. So I decided to give OCA first.

Preparation

I referred to the study guide by Oracle (Edward Finegan and Robert Liguori). The book is not so great but it will help with the exam. I also referred to Herbert Schildt.

To get a good grasp of fundamentals you can refer to Head First Java for the topics required for this exam. Java 7 adds few additional topics like try with resources, multi catch etc. but they are few in numbers.

I took some practice test in last few days from Enthuware. Din't score that great in those tests but they can be helpful.

I am now looking to prepare for Java SE 7 programmer ii. Any suggestions will help.

All the best with your preparations.
 
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