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A Little Bit of Help on What Exam to Take?

 
Conor Graham
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Hi there,

I am a Bsc Computer Science Student that is just finishing up placement, and has been working quite a lot with java over the past 2 years. I have had placement in a software development company of very highly skilled and helpful developers. I was wondering which Oracle exam is best recommended to take and how beneficial this would be when it comes for a graduate job? Could you also describe the level that you would need to be at to pass this exam.
Any help would be much appreciated!











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I'm going to move this to the certification forum.
 
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Many Thanks, did not realise I posted here.


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Welcome to the Ranch, BTW.

I picked the Associates Certification forum as I think that will be the best choice, either Java 7 or 8. Unless you are very good at Java 8, I would pick the Java 7 cert.
 
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Do you think it would be beneficial if I did it? I am just thinking for when I reach the end of final year and I am applying for jobs. Although, the software development company I am at for placement offered me a conditional offer for a graduate job, that is if I get a 2:1 or higher. I just like to keep every option open.

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Certifications show a certain level of achievement. For a starting position, they are not always necessary. You often get certified after a year or two in a position. It's certainly easier to pass the exam after some actual programming experience.
 
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Yes I understand. It is not on the agenda as such, just something I have been thinking about is all. Just trying to do as much as I can is all. Many thanks for the advice.

 
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Hi Conor Graham,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Conor Graham wrote:I was wondering which Oracle exam is best recommended to take and how beneficial this would be when it comes for a graduate job? Could you also describe the level that you would need to be at to pass this exam.
Any help would be much appreciated!

It all depends what's important to you (e.g. money, available resources,...). In this thread you'll find an overview of all possible paths (OCPJP6, OCAJP7+OCPJP7 or OCAJP8+OCPJP8) you could take to become an OCPJP certified Java programmer. And this thread also contains some valuable information about which OCA version to choose. So I would advice to read these threads and if you still have questions or doubts, just hit the reply button and let us know!

In the OcajpFaq and this thread you'll find an overview of all available resources (study guides, mock exams,...) to thorougly prepare yourself for the certification exam.

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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