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OCAJ Guidance needed

 
Mohammad Bappy Chowdhary
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Hello everyone, am very new here. My first post. straight to the point, am graduated last year Bsc Hons in CS, have the basic knowledge in java [i guess basic core java ]. planning to get certified of OCAJ. how much time do i need to get prepared? should i get the exam voucher now? can give 23 hrs max in a week for preparation. Will really appreciate some help here. Thanks in advance.
 
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Hi Mohammad Bappy Chowdhary,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Mohammad Bappy Chowdhary wrote:planning to get certified of OCAJ

I assume you mean OCAJP 7 or 8 certified, because there's an OCAJ 5/6 certification as well (which is not intended for java programmers/developers but for more non-technical people like managers)

Mohammad Bappy Chowdhary wrote:how much time do i need to get prepared?

Hard to answer! Depends on your current Java level, if you learn rather quickly/slowly and of course the amount of time you can spend each week. Most people asking this question want to get their certification as soon as possible and rush into the preparation. I don't like it! Give yourself enough time to prepare. Don't rush! My personal opinion: the journey becoming certified is much more important than that piece of paper itself. If you take your time to prepare, you'll become a much better developer with a good understanding of Java and OO basics. You'll get much more out of your certification than someone who's preparing to just pass the exam. No doubt!

Mohammad Bappy Chowdhary wrote:should i get the exam voucher now?

That's possible. And with your exam voucher, you could already schedule your exam appointment in e.g. July. And if it's needed you can postpone your exam. You can reschedule your exam for free. According to the Reschedule Policy of the Oracle Certification Program Policies there's just 1 restriction: you must reschedule at least 1 business day prior to your exam appointment.

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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Purchasing a voucher and setting a date for the exam ahead of time can be a good strategy to keep you motivated! When you get home from work in the evening, instead of playing your favorite computer game, you might think oh, I've got 3 weeks left until the exam, I better study instead. I did that in the past with CompTIA exams and it worked for me.
 
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Travis Roberts wrote:Purchasing a voucher and setting a date for the exam ahead of time can be a good strategy to keep you motivated!

That's indeed a really good strategy. One I followed for my very first certification. Because the study guide delivery was delayed, I ended up with just 10 days to study the complete K&B study guide. But I studied very hard and got certified with even a decent score.

Important note: if you don't feel comfortable when your exam appointment is nearby, just postpone/reschedule the exam for 1 or 2 weeks (or maybe even a month)! It's free (if you reschedule at least 1 business day prior to your exam appointment).
 
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