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s sivaraman
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hi ,

i've no java certifications before but i'd love to have one.i'd appreciate if any one around help me on the following
1.which version of java i should take for certification?
2.what if i pick higher version ie. java 7 than java 5/6? actually, can i?

rather i'd be happy if you help me find answer for this questions anywhere else...

thank you

siva.
 
Sergej Smoljanov
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Welcome!.
Write about your experience in java.
For now you have 3 option:
1. you are new in java. Then prepare to OCAJP 8 exam is ready and this is most actual version. There is study book for example: OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-808 - Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikof.
2. You are have experience in java. You plan to pass OCJP soon (may be before summer) - than choise 1Z0-803. there are many study material best one (for me): OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Certification Guide - Mala Gupta and OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide (Exams 1Z0-803 & 1Z0-804) - Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates.
with option 2 i also recommend use earthenware mock test.
(you can than pass 1Z0-810 and be on edge of technology).
3. You want to be very quick and save money go to OCJP6. (not best, but you can than pass 1Z0-810 and be on edge of technology).

for me best choice is 1 if you new and option 2 if you have experience.
ps. for example you choice pass Java EE 6 Java Persistence API Developer Certified Expert 1Z0-898 there is prerequisite pass OCJP6 or pass (OCAJP7 and OCJP7) or pass (OCAJP8 and wait for OCJP8)
 
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go for Java 8
 
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Hi s sivaraman,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

s sivaraman wrote:1.which version of java i should take for certification?
2.what if i pick higher version ie. java 7 than java 5/6? actually, can i?

You can of course choose yourself which certification you want to take. And it all depends on your goals, resources (money) and your current experience.

Let's say you want to become OCPJP certified (to be able to take other certifications like OCPJWCD) and pay as little as possible, you opt for OCPJP5 or OCPJP6. Just 1 exam and if you pass you are OCPJP certified. Just remember that these certification exams are really tough and cover a variety of (advanced) topics (like threads, generics, file i/o,...). So a very good Java knowledge is required.

If you just want to get a certification as soon as possible, you opt for OCAJP7 or OCAJP8. Both are entry-level certifications covering just java & oo basics. When you have passed the OCA exam, you can then prepare for the more advanced OCP exam. Currently only the OCP7 exam is available, so if you want to become OCP certified on short notice, you have to take the OCAJP7 and OCPJP7 (because OCPJP8 will take some time until it's available and you can't combine different certification versions).
If you want your OCP certification on the long term (e.g. 2nd half of the year), you should opt for the latest and greatest and go for OCAJP8.

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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