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Is Head first java + SCJP6 + java 8 docs sufficient for passing OCJP8 exam?

 
Saumyaraj Zala
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Hi Guys,

I want to give OCJP 8 exams, both level 1(associate) and level2(professional).
I have read Head First java(that covers java5) and I have SCJP6 book by kathy and bert with me.
Should I go on and buy a new book or I can use these two books with some extra online readings?
Moreover for level 1 what extra topics and from which source should I read in order to pass the exam?

Thanks.
 
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Saumyaraj Zala wrote:Should I go on and buy a new book or I can use these two books with some extra online readings?
Moreover for level 1 what extra topics and from which source should I read in order to pass the exam?

If I was you, I would opt to purchase an OCAJP8 and OCPJP8 study guide to prepare yourself to become an Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer. This might be a very interesting option. And the reason is very simple: if you have K&B6 (SCJP6 book by Kathy and Bert) and want to prepare for OCAJP8, you need online resources for both Java 7 and Java 8. Also when K&B6 was published, there was only one exam to become an Oracle Certified Java Programmer. Meaning for the OCAJP certification exam, you only need to focus on a few chapters. For OCPJP8 I would definitely suggest to buy a dedicated study guide, because the OCPJP certification exam is much harder than the (already difficult) OCAJP one. And the reason why is very simple: you need to know much more advanced topics (generics, collections, file i/o, nio, threading, concurrency,...) and you need a really in-depth knowledge of all these (advanced) topics.
But you definitely could use the resources you already have as complementary resources while studying and preparing for both exams.

In the OcajpFaq (besides other very useful information) and this thread you'll find an overview of all available (free and commercial) resources (study guides, mock exams, video courses,...) 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).

On the OcpjpWallOfFame you'll find some stories about the experiences of other ranchers who have passed the OCPJP certification exam. And you'll probably find a lot of useful information in the OcpjpFaq as well. And if you have some doubts or questions, don't be shy and share them in the OCPJP forum.

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
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Thanks Roel, the book is difficult to get shipped in my place. Meanwhile can anyone help me which chapters from scjp6 and which additional java docs can I read to pass the ocjp8 level 1?
 
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Saumyaraj Zala wrote:Meanwhile can anyone help me which chapters from scjp6 and which additional java docs can I read to pass the ocjp8 level 1?

Clearly you have not carefully gone through the links I provided in my previous post, otherwise you would have known which chapters from K&B6 are required for OCAJP7 (and thus also for OCAJP8) as it is literally mentioned in one of those links (even with a link to another topic with more detailed information). Here you'll find everything you need to know for the Java SE 7 Programmer I exam. And here you'll find an overview of JAva tutorials by Oracle. For OCAJP8 you should focus on the trails covering the basics.
 
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Roel De Nijs wrote:
Clearly you have not carefully gone through the links I provided in my previous post, otherwise you would have known which chapters from K&B6 are required for OCAJP7 (and thus also for OCAJP8) as it is literally mentioned in one of those links (even with a link to another topic with more detailed information


Really appreciate your help, actually I saw the link but scrolled down to "For the OCA 8 exam" heading where I was not able to find relation with scjp6 and docs.
Thanks for the info. Cheers!!
 
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Saumyaraj Zala wrote:actually I saw the link but scrolled down to "For the OCA 8 exam" heading where I was not able to find relation with scjp6 and docs.

If you think a bit about it, that makes sense. The topic about K&B6 and OCAJP7 was created when you could already take the certification exam, but no study guides were available yet on the market. But now there are plenty books on the market for OCAJP7 (and OCAJP8). So now it's much more likely that someone bought an OCAJP7 certification exam, but wants to take the OCAJP8 certification exam. But you are really the first one who wants to study and prepare for the OCAJP8 certification exam using a very old study guide, like k&B6
 
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Saumyaraj Zala wrote:I want to give OCJP 8 exams, both level 1(associate) and level2(professional).

I recommend avoiding calling them the OCJP 8 exams. There's the OCA 8 (associate) and OCP 8 (professional.) If people see "OCJP 8", they could easily misconstrue what you mean. OCJP is what the exam was called with Java 6. But not for Java 7 and 8.

I think the OCP 8 exam is really hard without a study guide. The OCA 8 I think is easier. It's more work for you with a version of the study guide for a different exam - you have to find the right parts of the chapter/mock exams/etc.

Make sure you see these three wiki pages. They compare:
Java 6 vs 7 exams
OCA 7 vs OCA 8
OCP 7 vs OCP 8

Another option is to take the OCJP 6 exam. You can always take the upgrade exam to Java 8 later. It's not the easiest path to getting a cert. But it lets you get certified faster based on the book you actually have possession of.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:
I recommend avoiding calling them the OCJP 8 exams. There's the OCA 8 (associate) and OCP 8 (professional.) If people see "OCJP 8", they could easily misconstrue what you mean. OCJP is what the exam was called with Java 6. But not for Java 7 and 8.

I think the OCP 8 exam is really hard without a study guide. The OCA 8 I think is easier. It's more work for you with a version of the study guide for a different exam - you have to find the right parts of the chapter/mock exams/etc.


Thanks Jeanne,

I have started reading your book :- Java OCA 8 Programmer I Study Guide and the exam naming became prety clear in the introduction itself.
Just wanted to confirm whether all the errata present on https://www.selikoff.net/java-oca-8-programmer-i-study-guide are approved and updated or there is any other forum/blog having erratas.

Thanks Roel for the heads up!!
 
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Saumyaraj Zala wrote:Just wanted to confirm whether all the errata present on https://www.selikoff.net/java-oca-8-programmer-i-study-guide are approved and updated or there is any other forum/blog having erratas.

That's the official errata overview of this study guide. All errata items on this list are confirmed to be an errata. No other forums/blogs need to be verified. If you find any possible errata which is not yet on that list, feel free to create a new topic in this forum and share your thoughts/doubts/concerns. You will get pretty quickly confirmation if it's actually an errata item or not (and might be a misunderstanding of the content or ...). And if it is actually another errata item, it will be added to the overview and you'll get an acknowledgement for reporting the issue (and thus your name will be on the overview as well )
 
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And you'll probably get a cow. It's getting hard to find unreported errata in the OCA book at this point!
 
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