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confusion due to announcement of OCA 8

 
Suyash Gulati
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Hello ranchers,
I Suyash Gulati, a begginer level java programmer
(studying from The Complete Reference, Herbert
Schildt) was planning to give OCA7 exam in
november or december.
Bought MalaGuptas guide to OCA7.
Now this announcement of OCA8 beta.
My questions are:
1. What actually a beta exam means?
2. Is passing an OCA8 beta equivalent to passing
the OCA7?(this question comes in my mind
because of OCA8's price)
I am actually short of questions while writing this..
So please put some more light on the topic. Like
the essetials i should know about OCA8 beta (in
contrast to OCA7)
thank you in advance!
 
Roel De Nijs
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Hi Suyash,

This thread and this one will answer your questions.

Kind regards,
Roel
 
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In general, it is best to take the exam that goes with the book you bought. Especially as a beginner. Don't worry about taking OCA 7.
 
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Hi Suyash

What actually a beta exam means?

Beta exams are just pre-release version of Certification.

Beta exams are different from actual certification in their
a. passing score valuation - passing score calculation is not revelaed in beta exams.
b. number of questions - Beta exam contains more questions than there shall be in actual certification
c. exam time - Since more number of questions , you shall have more time to answer the questions
d. exam price - price is around 50% less. because it is a pre-released version of certification.
e. result declaration time - result are declared around 3 months after BETA exam ends.

Is passing an OCA8 beta equivalent to passing the OCA7?

Even more than that , you shall Java 8 OCA certified [ which is the latest Java version].
Once you clear BETA exam, you shall get actual certificate from Oracle . There is no mention of BETA exam any where in certificate.
I gave Java 7 Upgrade exam when it was in BETA version. I cleared BETA exam and was awarded Java 7 Programmer certification by Oracle.

But as mentioned in this post thread, if you have started preparing for OCA 7 , concentrate on that cert only.

 
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