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Hi Everyone,

I am taking a beginning Java class and am sure I will be using this site a bunch. I wouldn't be strangers to the site. I have a little background experience with coding, but I think I try to overthink it or something. I am quite nervous about it but very excited. I did the Hello World project and it went well. I want to take the OCJA exam. I have a few questions hopefully you guys can give me some suggestions. I have two books in hand: 1. Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Study Guide by K.S and B. B. 2. Head First Java (2nd Edition, Java 5.0) by the same authors. Any suggestions are more than welcome.

My questions are:

1. DO these book cover the enough to take the test?

2. Where Can i get mock test and practice questions?


Many thanks!
 
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1/ I assume you want to take the OCAJP7 exam (although you posted in the SCJA,OCAJ 5/6 forum, which is an exam not meant for java programmers/developers). In this thread you'll find the topics you have to study from K&B6 in order to pass the exam.

2/ Enthuware and/or WhizLabs. Based on user experiences here on the forum, the 1st one is the better one.
 
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1) Yes, if you are taking OCAJP 7 or SCJP 6.

2) We list some in our OCAJP 7 FAQ
 
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Hello roel and jeanne,
i have a good background in programming in c/c++, i just bought mala guptas book for OCAJP7.
i have some queries,
1. Should i start studying from the mala gupta's book? Or you suggest i start with a basic java training/head first java book..?
2.How much time is required for preparation for OCAJP7 if i study mala gupta n enthuware's mock test?
Thank you!
 
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Suyash Gulati wrote:1. Should i start studying from the mala gupta's book? Or you suggest i start with a basic java training/head first java book..?


That's a good question! I believe both books don't require any present java knowledge and start from scratch. If you have plenty of time I would start with the head first java book and get a good understanding of java and its basics before starting the certification process. Obviously this is no lost time, because when you have better understanding of Java you'll learn the mala gupta book more quickly. If you want to be certified as soon as possible (e.g. if you are on a job hunt or it's required by your employer) you can start with the mala gupta book and use the head first java book as an extra resource. If you don't understand some topic not 100% completely from the Mala Gupta book, you can try the Head First Java book. It's another style, another perspective so it gives you an extra opportunity to get the hang of that topic! A basic java training is not required in my opinion, but some people prefer a classroom training or an instructor-led online training, so if that's the case: just do it. That's completely up to you.

Suyash Gulati wrote:2.How much time is required for preparation for OCAJP7 if i study mala gupta n enthuware's mock test?


It's very hard to give a time estimation for someone to prepare for this certification, because not everyone has the same background, learns at the same pace and so on. But in this thread you'll get some pointers about time estimation.


Good luck!
 
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Thank you so much for your answers
it helped me a lot!

Now i think i will go for a classroom trainning.. To get a better hands on java..
So that it helps me not only in OCAJP7 but for further certifications and during jobs etc.
Thank you!

About time estimation,
here in my area core java classroom training is about 1.5months during which i will also prepare for the exam..
And will take exam after 1 month of that.. Is it enough?
 
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Suyash Gulati wrote:About time estimation,
here in my area core java classroom training is about 1.5months during which i will also prepare for the exam..
And will take exam after 1 month of that.. Is it enough?


I guess that should be enough to prepare for the OCAJP7 certification.
 
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Thank you
 
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Thank you...
 
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Nice to know: instead of making a "thank you" post, you could also +1 the post(s) which you liked. It's easier, faster and other ranchers will see immediately which are the "starred" posts.
 
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