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OCAJP- Exam Objectives

 
Michael Herler
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Hello Everybody!

My Name is Michael. I'm from Austria and quite new to Java, but after reading Mala Gupta's Book (which I really liked) and doing the mock exam of the book I felt quite comfortable and decided to take the exam on the 22nd of Dezember.
Now I tried to make another training exam from the book " 200 Oracle Certified Associate Java SE7 (OCAJP) Study Questions" by Jonathan Middaugh and was quite surprised to find a lot of stuff that- according to Mala Gupta's book- is not part of the OCA exam (If I understood it right).
For example:
-Wrapper Classes (almost in every second question)
-Java.util.list (not just ArrayList)
-Java.io.BufferedReader + FileReader

So, just to be sure, are these topics indeed not part of the test or can they show up?
Can anybody recommend any practice exams?
Thanks in advance!

Michael
 
Michael Herler
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Just realized I should have posted my question in the "Associate" Forum- sorry
Maybe somebody can move it there?
Thanks!
 
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Michael,
Welcome to CodeRanch! No problem; I've moved the thread for you.

Wrapper Classes (almost in every second question)

You should know that a primitive can be autoboxed into an object and added to an ArrayList. And the basics of wrapper classes. I can't say how much detail he went into. Wrapper classes tend to leak into questions on other topics, so I do recommend learning this.

-Java.util.list (not just ArrayList)

You need to know that ArrayList implements the interface List and both are in the java.util package. (and about the ArrayList class itself). You do not need to know anything else about the package.

-Java.io.BufferedReader + FileReader

You should know that IOException is a checked exception for the OCA (even though that technically isn't in scope either.) But that's it. You do not need to know anything about BufferedReader/FileReader.
 
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Hello Jeanne!
Thank you very much for your fast answer!
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:You need to know that ArrayList implements the interface List and both are in the java.util.list package. (and about the ArrayList class itself). You do not need to know anything else about the package.

Actually they are in java.util package (without the list part).
 
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Paweł Baczyński wrote:
Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:You need to know that ArrayList implements the interface List and both are in the java.util.list package. (and about the ArrayList class itself). You do not need to know anything else about the package.

Actually they are in java.util package (without the list part).

Fixed. Have a cow for catching that.
 
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Michael Herler wrote:Can anybody recommend any practice exams?

In most study guides you'll find some mock questions/exams. You are using Mala Gupta's book. The other recommended study guide is K&B7. When you plan in the (near) future to take the OCPJP7 exam as well, you could purchase the book now (it covers both the OCAJP7 as the OCPJP7 exams). The book provides mock questions for every chapter and 2 mock exams for each part.

There are a few mock exam providers out there: Enthuware and WhizLabs. The 1st one gets the best reviews and has excellent value for money!

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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