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I have to take a course for the preparation of the OCP but I contacted Oracle and they confirmed me that for examination for the OCP I must have taken before the OCA and then I'm going to prepare myself for the OCA.
I looked for some information on the Oracle website and I could understand that currently the OCA (unlike OCP) is available version of Java SE 8.
I would have two questions for you:
1) Can I take the OCA Java SE 8 and later, through the course that I will follow, take the OCP Java SE 7?

2) I want to buy a book to prepare for the OCA Java 8 and I am looking for something specific to the OCA, and that it is easy to understand.
This ( AMAZON ) book we say that it is a book that can fit?



 
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Hi John Lerry,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

John Lerry wrote:1) Can I take the OCA Java SE 8 and later, through the course that I will follow, take the OCP Java SE 7?

No, you can't! You'll find more information here. But you can take OCA 7 instead of OCA 8 and then it's no problem to take OCP 7.

John Lerry wrote:2) I want to buy a book to prepare for the OCA Java 8 and I am looking for something specific to the OCA, and that it is easy to understand.
This ( AMAZON ) book we say that it is a book that can fit?

That's definitely a possibility. Here you'll find an up-to-date overview of all available study materials for OCA 7 and OCA 8. If you decide to take OCA 7 followed by OCP 7, this study guide would probably be a better choice as it combines both exams.

Hope it helps!
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Roel De Nijs wrote:
John Lerry wrote:1) Can I take the OCA Java SE 8 and later, through the course that I will follow, take the OCP Java SE 7?

No, you can't! You'll find more information here. But you can take OCA 7 instead of OCA 8 and then it's no problem to take OCP 7.


ok, thanks for the information. then I take the OCA Java 7.

Roel De Nijs wrote:
John Lerry wrote:2) I want to buy a book to prepare for the OCA Java 8 and I am looking for something specific to the OCA, and that it is easy to understand.
This ( AMAZON ) book we say that it is a book that can fit?

That's definitely a possibility. Here you'll find an up-to-date overview of all available study materials for OCA 7 and OCA 8. If you decide to take OCA 7 followed by OCP 7, this study guide would probably be a better choice as it combines both exams.


But that book is easy to understand? And also, it contains exam simulations so that I exercise while I study?
 
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John Lerry wrote:But that book is easy to understand? And also, it contains exam simulations so that I exercise while I study?

Yes, this study guide requires no prior knowledge. And if you don't understand a concept of you have doubts about something, you could always have a look at the (free) Oracle Java Tutorials and/or post them in this forum

At the end of every chapter you'll find practice questions to test your knowledge. Besides these questions you'll also have 2 mock exams as well for the OCA exam, and 2 other mock exams for the OCP exam. If you need additional exercises to test your knowledge, you can always purchase mock exams software (e.g. Enthuware offers excellent value for money).
 
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ok, thanks.
 
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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.
 
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I would have another question.
I want to buy the voucher that, if I did not understand it, I can book the exam within 6 months.
But I did not understand what is the difference between the purchase procedure made via this link ( LINK ), simply by clicking on "Buy Voucher", and one made through the site pearsonvue.com.
In particular with regard to the site pearsonvue.com I refer to this procedure:

- Click "For test takers"
- Search for "Oracle"
- Login
- Select "Proctored Exams"
- Click "1Z0-803 Java SE 7 Programmer I"




P.S. I write from Italy and I imagine that the version that interests me is precisely the exam 1Z0-803 and NOT 1Z0-803 JPN. It is correct?
 
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John Lerry wrote:I want to buy the voucher that, if I did not understand it, I can book the exam within 6 months.

True! An Oracle voucher is valid for 6 months.

John Lerry wrote:But I did not understand what is the difference between the purchase procedure made via this link ( LINK ), simply by clicking on "Buy Voucher", and one made through the site pearsonvue.com.

There is no difference in price. So I guess the differences are more practical in nature: when paying at Pearson Vue you can only use a credit card, when you buy a voucher through Oracle you can use a wired bank transfer. You can purchase a voucher at the Oracle division of your country, so you can pay in your own currency, get a domestic invoice (instead of a foreign one),...

John Lerry wrote:P.S. I write from Italy and I imagine that the version that interests me is precisely the exam 1Z0-803 and NOT 1Z0-803 JPN. It is correct?

It depends. 1Z0-803 JPN is the Japanese version of the exam. So you should go for the 1Z0-803 exam, unless you are fluent in Japanse and want to try the test in Japanese

Hope it helps!
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Roel De Nijs wrote:
You can purchase a voucher at the Oracle division of your country, so you can pay in your own currency, get a domestic invoice (instead of a foreign one),...


When you say "Oracle division of your country" you refer for example to an authorized service center in my town where I could buy the voucher "physically"? Or should I still buy the voucher through one of those two websites?

p.s. both web sites to which I referred earlier report the euro currency.
 
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John Lerry wrote:When you say "Oracle division of your country" you refer for example to an authorized service center in my town where I could buy the voucher "physically"? Or should I still buy the voucher through one of those two websites?

No, I just meant you can contact your local country support and ask them to buy a voucher. Because I had some issues with the payment process using Oracle's website (as I couldn't use my credit card at that moment).

John Lerry wrote:p.s. both web sites to which I referred earlier report the euro currency.

I know. But I don't know if that applies for every currency.
 
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I bought the book mentioned earlier and I started studying for OCA.
I have a question for you.
I know Java and when I studied the book from which I learned the language I used to rewrite every piece of code with an IDE so as to see the result.
From what I understand, however, the OCA (and OCP) are designed differently and that is without the aid of an IDE but simply studying from the book and doing the exercises not just use a tool that compile code written.
Is this reasoning correct?
 
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John Lerry wrote:I know Java and when I studied the book from which I learned the language I used to rewrite every piece of code with an IDE so as to see the result.
From what I understand, however, the OCA (and OCP) are designed differently and that is without the aid of an IDE but simply studying from the book and doing the exercises not just use a tool that compile code written.
Is this reasoning correct?

I'm a true believer of not using an IDE when preparing for your certification exam, certainly not if you have a junior/medior level as a java programmer/developer. Why? Because the IDE compiler will indicate compiler errors for you, but on the actual exam you have to be the compiler yourself. But that's just my opinion. Here you'll find different opinions on this subject.
 
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I believe that using an IDE halve the difficulty of the examination and this can be counterproductive on the day of the examination for certification.
 
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