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Dear Jeanne and Scott,

The certification is an enriching learning experience, but also partly (especially the last days of preparation) effort management.

Do you have a rough prioritisation of the topics covered in this certification. This in order not to spend to much effort on minor topics.
I understood already that functional programming is on the top of the list.

Thank you, best regards,
 
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Lambdas/Streams are obviously important because they are a big part of questions in other APIs (like Concurrency). Beyond that, you need to know everything reasonably well. Unlike the OCA exam, the OCP exam material is quite broad and varied.

In other words, questions aren't likely to repeat the same concept nearly as much. You need to understand a long list of topics (large and small) as you will encounter questions that certainly test your retention. For example, there were some topics related to InputStream and JDBC that Jeanne and I had never used, didn't think were important, and never thought they would be on the exam. Upon us both taking the beta/official exam, though, we were surprised to discover many very minor topics were on the exam, and updated our text to cover additional material. Aside from a few tidbits where we explicitly say a topic is not on the exam, you really do need to know everything in the book.

Make no mistake, though, the OCP exam is much harder than the OCA exam, in part due to the volume of material required to do well.
 
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