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What Certification exam Version suits me ?

 
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Hi friends,

I had taken training in India on SCJP 6 around 3 years ago but hadn't given any exam. Now I came to US for pursuing my masters in computer science. I would like go for Java certification exam now. Please suggest me how to start and what version of the exam should I give (SCJP 6 or OCAJP 7 or OCAJP 8 ). Please provide the links for applying for the exam and recommend book for the exam. I would like to spend a month on the preparation/revision and give the exam. Thanks in Advance.

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Hi!

I believe that if you are targeting Master of CS, you should prefer wasting your time on CS-related things, not on java exams. You know they are almost orthogonal to computer science.

Of course if you know for sure that some specific university / faculty / professor will be impressed by your certificate and give some extra credit to it - you can try.

As about SCJP 6 - I'm afraid it will feel outdated. Have you browsed these pages already?
 
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Thanks for the reply Rodion Gork. I have prior experience as a software developer. I am a little familiar with J2EE and frameworks like spring & hibernate. I would like to be a certified java programmer for my personal use, so that I can look for a job in CPT. I have gone through that website already but couldn't really understand which one to choose and start with . I want to know what version of exam could be effective and put some weight in my resume while applying for jobs.
 
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to know what version of exam could be effective and put some weight in my resume while applying for jobs



Well, I can only relate my personal experience. I'm working as EE developer for about 5 years already (before it I was C programmer and electronics developer) - and when I just started with Java I also wondered whether I can interest my potential employers with some Java Certificate.

However, after working in several companies, I found that they are only interested in these certificates when their customers request that certain percent of developers of given projects are certified. It may be necessary, for example, if customer wants to certify the project somehow in order to sold it further.

But in such cases your future employer usually tells you "we want you to have certificate. you have 2-3 months to prepare. if you succeed, we pay the expences."

So to conclude - much more weight is put on resume by your "portfolio" on github, some side projects etc.

If you will get Master in CS - this will also put "additional weight" and I believe increase in salary - especially if you will apply to some project about data warehouse analytics, bigdata etc...

I have gone through that website already


Yes, oracle's site is quite a clumsy thing. See now:

1. Open the page by the link above
2. Above green buttons click "Professional Level Certification"
3. Green buttons will change - choose "Oracle Certified Professional - Java SE 8 Programmer"
4. Now you'll get two links

Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer - leading to this form - it is Associate level, required prerequisite

Exam for Professional level itself - this link

P.S. I do not think it is worth getting older certificates as Java 8 added serious changes. Also I'd say that though you can surely stop just at Associate level, without pretending to Professional level - but to be honest the range of topics covered by Associate do not sound impressive
 
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