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Ali Ashik
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Hello,
I am still a student, only 12 month away from graduation. I love Java and want to build my carrier as a Java programmer. I have learned, i need to gain associative certificate from the hierarchy first. So i have intended to sit for associative certificate exam. But i don't know which one to pick. SE5-SE6 or SE7? I am new here and need more info. Please help ☺
 
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Hi Ali,

First of all, a warm welcome to the CodeRanch!

You should go without any doubt for the OCAJP7 exam. This one is intended for Java programmers. The OCAJ5/6 is an exam for non-technical people like project managers, business analysts and so on.

Hope it helps!
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Ali Ashik
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Thank you Mr Roel,

I have another confusion regarding OCPJP7 and OCPJP6. which one is suitable for me? and what syllabus each of them cover?

I will start preparation from this December 15. I have good understanding of Java OOP. Now need some study material and guideline too. Can you suggest me some? I will be grateful.

With regards,
Ali
 
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study guide:
http://www.amazon.com/Programmer-Study-1Z0-803-1Z0-804-Certification/dp/0071772006
http://www.manning.com/gupta/
this two is best. one advantage for OCA of first: in it there is Wrappers. If you can use them both.
when preparing try think about questions: how can i be tricked by this topic, and try write some small programs.
after reading guide book recommend use mock test:
http://www.enthuware.com/index.php/mock-exams/oracle-certified-associate/java-programmer-certification-i
when you pass first - revisit all questions may be some of them was answered for wrong concepts or occasionally.
mark topic that you most miss - read chapter that missed, before every test read 2 minute drill (from guide book)
every next mock test you must try to increase your result.

also you can read this forum and find some suggest from people who pass.
recommend subscribe to RSS JavaRanch: "Associate Certification (OCAJP 7/8)"
and before go to exam read this: Any tricks about how to manage the 120 min for so many question?
on mock exam and real exam use paper to write )))
 
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Ali Ashik wrote:I have another confusion regarding OCPJP7 and OCPJP6. which one is suitable for me?

I would opt for the OCPJP7 path. You'll need to pass to exams to be OCPJP7 certified (for OCPJP6 you need to pass just 1 exam). The 1st part (OCAJP7) is an entry level certification, covering all java basics & some OOP basics. As you are a student, it's really perfect for you. You can concentrate & study the basics, take the exam and you'll have a certificate. Then you can prepare and study the more advanced topics (generics, jdbc, collections, nio2.0, threads, concurrency,...) required for the 2nd part (OCPJP7).

Ali Ashik wrote:Now need some study material and guideline too. Can you suggest me some?

If you go for the OCPJP7 path, you should go for K&B7 (the study guide by Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates. It covers both parts (OCAJP7 & OCPJP7) and is simply the best book on the market!
If you want to measure your progress, get some indication of your current level and/or want some additional mock exams; buy the enthuware mock exams. Great value for your money & probably also best on the market!

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
Ali Ashik
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Thank you Mr Sergej

Thanks again Mr Roel

I will keep in touch :-)

With regards,
Ali
 
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Ali Ashik wrote:Thanks again Mr Roel

I'm glad to hear I could help. If you have any doubts or questions, don't hesitate to start a new topic (or search the forum first, your question might be already answered).

Nice to know: instead of making a "thank you" post, you could also the post(s) which you liked. It's easier, faster and other ranchers will see immediately which are the "starred" posts.

Kind regards,
Roel
 
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