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Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) Java SE 7 level 1 exam

 
Nicholas Moult
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Hi All,
I've been playing around with java on and off for a few years. I quite like programming, although it is not my profession, and want to formalize my knowledge and get to the next level through a bit of studying. Is the "Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) Java SE 7" level 1 exam pretty much the definitive exam to take as a first major qualification? This seems the case from what I've read so far, but thought I would post anyway to get some opinions.
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Welcome to the Ranch.

Yes the OCA is the first level. I can't say it as "major" qualification.

Java certification since v7 has 2 levels: associate OCA and professional OCP. The OCP needs the OCA as the prerequisite.

The OCA exam covers materials that a junior programmer should know. The link here shows the v7 exams. You can then check out the exam objectives for the OCA and OCP exams.
 
Jacob Draper
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Nicholas,

I am basically in the same boat as you. I know that the cert isn't huge for employers, although you would stand out more than someone who didn't have it.

I am going for the same cert and at the very least I am learning a lot by preparing for it. I bought a book with practice exams from Amazon(on Kindle).

here's the link:
http://www.amazon.com/Oracle-Certified-Associate-Programmer-Practice-ebook/dp/B007SA1GNU

For $10 I feel it is a no brainer. It is helping me see where my weaknesses are, and also providing good explanations to help me learn.
Furthermore, it gives you an idea of how you will do on the test so you don't blow $250 and fail.


In conclusion, I say go for it. It shows employers that you have ambition, and even if they don't care, you are going to learn a lot along the way.
 
Roel De Nijs
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First of all, a warm welcome to the CodeRanch!

The OCAJP7 certification is indeed the entry level for java programmers/developers. Not to be confused with the OCAJ 5/6 certification, which is actually an old certification (before Sun was acquired by Oracle) which was more meant for a less technical audience (project managers, business/functional analysts,...)

It's all about java basics (control flow, inheritance, polymorphism, access and non-access modifiers,...). It's the prerequisite for the OCPJP7 certification which will be a much harder exam covering a bunch of advanced topics (threads, concurrency, nio2.0, jdbc, resource bundles,...). And the OCPJP7 is a prerequisite for other Java SE/EE certifications (e.g. OCMJD, OCPJWCD,...)

Good luck!
 
Akshay Rawal
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hey hi...welcome..even i am new to coderanch and preparing for oracle iz0-803 entry level exam...according to my research i can suggest you some resource and steps which will definitely help you to prepare for this exam..

1>Start your preparation with thinking in java..4th edition.by Bruce Eckel .it is free to download.you can surf on net.this book will definitely do 60% of your work..since it has plenty of code to practice and challenging codes..

2>after finishing this book..you should refer to oracle certified associate by MALA GUPTA..again very best book ..u can download from net if pdf available or purchase online...this book will enrich you with certification objectives.do's and dint's..i promise you will enjoy reading this book.

3>after completing above two steps..you should visit coderanch. See.See various code which people post.try to solve it.To be frank certification consist of maximum 15 lines of challenging code which will test you on various concepts..So no need to write bulk of code. you can also surf stackoverflow.com and find plenty of code which you can practice.

4>SHORT TIP: practice all your code on notepad. don't use any ide.

5> after completing with all this you should appear for mock exam...you can purchase ethuware mock exam..again best resource for practice.you can surf on net about ethuware.

6>you can also refer to OCP Java SE 7 Programmer by Bert Bates
Kathy Sierra...you can practice questions.

BEST OF LUCK..

 
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Akshay Rawal wrote:u can download from net if pdf available or purchase online

These aren't mutually exclusive. Manning sells a PDF online or you can buy a paper book online as well.
 
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