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can I write ocajp, if I write does it make any difference?

 
abraham benjamin
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I am still pursuing my under graduation. now i am in final year of under graduation. After completion of this I would like to work with some company. As one of my well wishers told me that "this certification will make you over qualify for some companies." Is it so??? . I have attempted 4 enthuware practice tests and my results are 77%,70%,74%,80%. Can I write now or Do I need to post pone it for some years???
 
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Welcome to CodeRanch!

If you feel comfortable (your scores looks ok - maybe another 2 weeks' study would make even better scores) - I think you should go for certification. If you wait now - after few months you might lose the track of study material and you have to start study from beginning.

Regarding over-qualification - you might choose not to write it in resume right?

If you feel that over-qualification is not an issue, then you can mention that you've cleared a certification.

Though frankly - I'm not totally convinced about why an extra qualification would be a problem

I hope this helps.

All The Best!
 
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Thanks a lot sir... Your response meant a lot to me. The levels of difficulty of enthuware practice tests and real exam is same??? with these scores(77%,70,%,74% and two weeks study) how many marks can i get in real exam(approximately).
 
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Welcom to coderanch!

I used enthuware for my OCAJP certification. I was getting around the same score you were and passed. the Enthuware is supposed to be a lot harder than the actual test as it throws a lot of stuff at you. As long as you're learning from your incorrect answers you're golden. I would shcedule the test, but only if you feel comfortable. Good luck!
 
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thanks for the reply... i am concerned about score. Will I get 70-75 or 75-80 or 80-85 or 85-90 or 90+???
 
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abraham benjamin wrote:thanks for the reply... i am concerned about score. Will I get 70-75 or 75-80 or 80-85 or 85-90 or 90+??? may I know your score...


When it comes to exams, passing is passing yet a good score can be impressive. Therefore, if you get 70%-80% in the mocks, you should get around the same or a bit higher because the mocks are tend to be harder in general.


Regarding earlier comment about over-qualification, OCAJP cert is for entry programmers. Unless the position is a trainee or similar level, having such cert does not make you over qualify.

Good luck.
 
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abraham benjamin wrote:thanks for the reply... i am concerned about score. Will I get 70-75 or 75-80 or 80-85 or 85-90 or 90+???


The last post is correct - Passing is passing. Although from what I've seen on Enthuware's site and from using it, average OCAJP exam scores are around 15 percentage points higher than Enthuware scores. So people that scored around 77% on Enthuware tests scored around 88-90% on the actual exam.

To me, if you're pasisng the Enthuware exam, you're doing pretty good in your basic knowledge of Java. I say go for it, but make sure YOU feel comfortable
 
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I have to admit, it's a first I read a question about being overqualified for a job after clearing a certification. But I have no knowledge at all about the job market in India, but it still feels a little bit weird. I can't think a company with java programmers/developers don't want to hire someone who passed a certification

The OCAJP7 is the most entry-level certification. It covers nothing but java basics. So it proofs you have a pretty good knowledge and understanding of the Java basics. Still can't think of any reason why that would be a problem for a company. Frankly, I don't think I would want to work for such a company.

From most user experiences the score on the actual exam is a little bit higher than the Enthuware mock exam scores. So your results are fine. But you have to be confident about your knowledge and capabilities. If you are confident, just schedule the exam. If you are not, just study a few weeks more.
 
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abraham benjamin wrote:"this certification will make you over qualify for some companies." Is it so??? .

No. The OCAJP and OCPJP are meant to be certifications for beginners.

While a company may be neutral about whether you know Java, they aren't going to find you overqualified.
 
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thanks for all the valuable replies namely Roel De Nijs, David McMonigle, K. Tsang, Anayonkar Shivalkar and Jeanne Boyarsky.
 
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