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Updates for the OCMJD Faq

 
Christian Pflugradt
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Someone feeling qualified enough to update the OCMJD Faq? Much information on it is not up to date anymore, still based on Prometric, old links and expiration times that are not valid anymore. Well I don't feel qualified enough because I can only tell about my personal experience and I can't tell what still might be relevant but doesn't seem relevant to me, however I'd like to provide some information from my experience and perhaps someone would like to work them into the Faq. :-)

I will give individual remarks on different questions from the Faq below.

How do I sign up for the Assignment? / Where can I purchase the assignment in <your country>?

You may purchase the assignment from the Oracle website at https://education.oracle.com . You will however have to create a pearsonvue account anyway and could also purchase the assignment from their website at http://www.pearsonvue.com/oracle/ .

When registering you will have to add your Oracle Testing ID if available. You may also merge your Testing IDs if you have multiple. From your pearsonvue profile you can...
- ...download the assignment
- ...upload your solution
- ...use the voucher for the essay

You can only use your essay voucher once you have uploaded your assignment solution through your pearsonvue profile. In the process of using your essay voucher you will select a test center that you want to take the essay at and will also set an appointment (pearsonvue will offer you a range of available appointments based on the selected test center).

Pearsonvue will send you an email with a "Confirmation of Exam Registration" after you have used your essay voucher.

For the assignment solution upload dialogue your browser will have to support flash content.

Should I purchase both parts (the exams and assignment) at the same time?

The information in the following thread seems to be still up to date: http://www.coderanch.com/t/541434/java-developer-OCMJD/certification/time-limit-OCMJD-certification-resubmission

What site do I use to download / upload my assignment and to see what score I got? / Will I get an email when I pass / fail?

Both links appear to be broken. The current link to CertView is https://certview.oracle.com/ .

I received an email stating "Thank you for completing your Oracle Certification exam. Your exam results are now available for your review." when my score was available. I did not see an update on the certview website prior to that so it doesn't seem to be worth checking it regularly. I think I checked it two days before I got the email and the grade indicator was still set to "TAKEN". Also the information in Score Report is outdated. It states the following: "The grading process can take 4-6 weeks from the completion of your essay. During this time your exam status will remain as pending. Once graded your status will change to passed or failed, and you will receive an email with your results."

First the state is never set to "pending". It is set to "TAKEN". After receiving the email the Assignment state was set to "PASS" but the Essay state is still set to "TAKEN" for me. Perhaps the state for the Essay will change to "PASS" once I receive my certificate per (physical) mail, perhaps it won't.

It might also be a good idea to contact Oracle through the OCP support form if you haven't got an email eigth weeks after the essay appointment. The OCP support form can be found at https://education.oracle.com/pls/eval-eddap-dcd/OU_SUPPORT_OCP.home?p_source=OCP .

How do I find out why I lost points?

The score is not broken down by sections anymore. You will only get told the total score with the following comment by Oracle: "Details of a passing score are not displayed in order to maintain test security. This score report is the only information you will be provided."

Which version of SDK should I use?

One question I feel not qualified enough to answer. The last update for Java SE 6 has been released longer than 18 months ago so despite the exam title "OCMJD SE6" you may NOT use Java SE6. The last public release for Java SE7 was on 2015-04-14 so in my opinion you may still use Java SE7 if you upload your assignment before 2016-10-14.

How do I contact Oracle Education / Prometric?
Could be updated to PearsonVue instead of Prometric. Contact is possible through your PearsonVue profile. Contact Oracle through the OCP form (link is above in another comment).



Perhaps some questions could also be moved further down to an explicitly marked "obsolete section", specifically questions related to the "old assignment", Fly By Night Services, and the "assignment upgrading".

Let me know if you want to know anything else. My exam history is a bit of a mess because I lost my mailbox when I migrated to new hardware and my whole email history with Oracle and Pearsonvue about signing up at Pearsonvue, purchasing the Assignment voucher, using it and downloading the Assignment is gone.



P.S.: I coudn't submit this thread because Oracle uses the character sequence p l s in their link to the OCP form, so I inserted a space character there. "The specific error message is: "pl
s" is a silly English abbreviation; use "please" instead." - That's not really constructive when the character sequence is part of a link, is it? ;-)
 
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I have changed this pls in you post. I believe that using url tag would prevent this from happening it the first place.

Java 8 was released on 18 March 2014. Add 18 months to this. It is 18 September 2015. After this date you may not use any older version of Java.
 
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Paweł Baczyński wrote:Java 8 was released on 18 March 2014. Add 18 months to this. It is 18 September 2015. After this date you may not use any older version of Java.

Thank you Pawel. I misread the requirements for the Java version. It doesn't matter when the last Java 7 update was released but since Java 8 has been released more than 18 months ago you have to use at least Java 8 as of now. :-) The Faq could definitely be updated with this information since it still mentions Java 1.4 and Java 1.5 with an example from ten years ago.

Since OCMJD SE6, formerly SCJP requires a course participation now I'd like to add the following information as well.

Course Requirement

OCMJD SE 6 requires you to attend one of multiple courses officially suitble for this particular certification. These are shown in the OCMJD SE 6 certification roadmap. When participating a course you should take care that you receive an authentication code at the end of the course. You will then need to sign in at pearsonVue and use the Oracle course submission form to select OCMJD SE 6 certification and enter the authentication code you received.

Oracle states the following regarding the course requirement: Please note your Oracle Certified Master, Java SE 6 Developer certification will be generated only after we verify and approve your course attendance details.

Side note not for the guide: When I took the course I didn't pay attention to how exactly my participation would be connected to my Oracle testing ID. I let my employer at that time purchase me both the course attendance and the Assignment voucher. I didn't receive an authentication code when participating in the course but only a certificate, as proof that I attended the course, at the end. As a result I can't make the course submission now and have to ask the Oracle partner that conducted the test to give me the authentication code for my course attendance. Hopefully that won't be a problem when I can show him my ID card and certificate as proof.

It pays off to know about these details in advance and you should always make sure to receive an authentication code when attending an Oracle course even if it's purely meant for self-improvement and not to satisfy a certification requirement as Oracle doesn't recognize that you participated in the course unless you redeem the code.
 
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