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Please help me to get though Java SE 7 Programmer I Certification.

 
Prabhakaran Mahalingam
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Hello Everyone,
I am an IT Aspirant from Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.
I am about to write my Java SE 7 Programmer I Certification exam.

Some Clarifications for getting Java SE 7 Programmer I Voucher.

What should I prefer?

1. Buy Java SE 7 Programmer I Voucher directly from Oracle University.(https://education.oracle.com).
If I buy Voucher from Oracle University, How would I use it to apply for the exam in pearson vue centre.

(or)

2.Buy Java SE 7 Programmer I Voucher from PearsonVue Test Centre.
And apply for the exam.

Please visit this site.
https://www2.pearsonvue.com/testtaker/registration/ExamSeriesDetailPage/ORACLE/778432



Please help and guide me.
Thanks in Advance.
 
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Hi,

If you decide to buy the exam from PearsonVue website, you will have to pickup exam date during purchase process. When you buy a voucher, you can set the exam date at later time when you register with the voucher on PearsonVue website.I believe vouchers are valid for one year, but I may be wrong.

If you buy a voucher, you can use it as a payment method on PearsonVue website. Instead of using credit card on checkout you will be able to enter voucher code.

I think that this is the only practical difference between buying directly at PearsonVue and voucher from Oracle. I am getting OCA JP8 next month and I bought voucher from Oracle, because I had no credit card available at the moment. They simply voucher along with invoice which I could pay through wire transfer.


Why did you decide to do Java 7 exam, when Java 8 is available?
 
Prabhakaran Mahalingam
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Thanks for the reply Sir.
Now I am getting the point and I've understood the difference between those cases.
I think Java 8 is difficult and I have prepared for Java SE 7 for a long time.
 
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Hi Prabhakaran Mahalingam,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Prabhakaran Mahalingam wrote:Some Clarifications for getting Java SE 7 Programmer I Voucher.

What should I prefer?

There are a bunch of reasons why you could/would use a voucher:
  • you can purchase a certification package from Oracle University to prepare for a certification exam and sometimes a voucher is included in that package, so after following the courses and training, you can take the certification exam using the voucher
  • if you don't have a credit card, you could pay for a voucher using a wire transfer
  • a company could pay for e.g. 10 vouchers for their employees at once and the employee can register and pay for the certification exam
  • you can purchase a voucher at your local Oracle University representative, so you can get an invoice and that's much more convenient for tax purposes than an invoice of a foreign country


  • But keep in mind that there is a difference between refunds if you need to cancel your exam. If you have paid with a credit card, you'll get a refund if you cancel one business day prior to your exam appointment. From the Oracle Certification Program Policies (shown during the booking process of a certification exam)
    Oracle Certification Program Policies wrote:Cancellation Policy
    If you wish to cancel your exam, you must contact Pearson VUE one business day prior to your exam appointment. Canceling an exam less than 24 hours before scheduled exam is subject to a same-day forfeit exam fee. Exam fees are due for no-shows.
    But with a voucher you won't get any refund nor a new voucher. And that's clearly mentioned in Oracle's Voucher Policies
    Voucher Policies wrote:OCP Exam Vouchers (i) can be used by one person, one time, for one exam discount/fee only in the country of OCP Exam Voucher purchase (ii) are not valid after the expiration date, (iii) become void if altered or revised in any way, (iv) may not be canceled or redeemed for cash, credit or refund, and (v) may be used by the Purchaser only, except as permitted by a valid Oracle reseller agreement.


    Hope it helps!
    Kind regards,
    Roel
     
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    Adam Scheller wrote:I believe vouchers are valid for one year, but I may be wrong.

    You are indeed wrong A voucher is valid for 6 months from purchase date (and that's clearly stated when you try to buy a voucher, so you can't complain you didn't know ).
     
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    Prabhakaran Mahalingam wrote:I think Java 8 is difficult and I have prepared for Java SE 7 for a long time.

    You should definitely take the exam where you feel the most comfortable with. And if that's OCAJP7, you should definitely go for that one. No doubt! In this topic there's a discussion about what to do if you have prepared for OCAJP7 and if you should just take that certification exam or prepare a bit longer and take the OCAJP8 certification exam.

    Please note that you can't combine different version certifications. So in order to become an Oracle Certified Professional, Java Programmer, you need to take (and pass) the OCPJP7 certification exam and then you'll be granted the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 7 Programmer credential.

    Hope it helps!
    Kind regards,
    Roel
     
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