Talha Hashmi wrote:how would i prepare for clearing the cert of 1Z0-808 java and i have to go for java SE 7 or SE 8 ?
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!
But if you don't have any specific reasons, you should just go with OCAJP8. In the OcajpFaq (besides other very useful information) and this thread you'll find an overview of all available resources (study guides, mock exams,...) to thorougly prepare yourself for the certification exam. And on the OcajpWallOfFame you'll find plenty of (links to) experiences from other ranchers (including resources they have used). So it can be useful to determine which resources are useful (and which are not).
Currently there's only one study guide for OCA 8 available on the market, so it's slim pickings Luckily the available study guide gets good reviews on Amazon. You can always get an OCA7 study guide and use some other resources to cover the additional OCA8 exam objectives.
All the available study guides are listed in this thread.