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Should I take the OCAJP7 or the OCAJP8 exam?

 
Abhishek Chotaliya
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Hi,

I have a question ... Actually, I've completed my preparation for SE7 (1z0-803), but after reading opinions on SOF and CR, I think instead of SE7, I should give SE8 (1z0-808) exam. I've noticed that you've used the same book as mine. (Java SE7 Programmer I & II Study Guide by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates)

Can you tell me, how big the difference is between SE7 and SE8 - in terms of the OCA exam ... Should I need to purchase the SE8 book? or the SE7 book is enough?

Plus, can you tell me about new features included in the SE8 exam - other than lambda and date-time API?

-Abhishek
 
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Welcome to CodeRanch Abhishek! 
I think these three threads may answers your queries click here --> Ocajp Faq  and   OCA7 Or OCA8? discussion and OCA7/OCA8 Exam Updates After reading those If you still have doubts in mind, don't hesitate to ask question by creating a new topic in this forum --> ASSOCIATE CERTIFICATION (OCAJP 7/8)
 
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Hi Abhishek Chotaliya,

First of all, a warm welcome to CodeRanch!

Abhishek Chotaliya wrote:Can you tell me, how big the difference is between SE7 and SE8 - in terms of the OCA exam

Abhishek Chotaliya wrote:Plus, can you tell me about new features included in the SE8 exam - other than lambda and date-time API?

A mapping between the exam objectives of OCAJP7 and OCAJP8 can be found here.

Abhishek Chotaliya wrote:Should I need to purchase the SE8 book? or the SE7 book is enough?

For the OCAJP8 certification exam you can use an OCAJP7 book and use online resources to study the additional exam topics. But for the OCPJP8 certification exam your best option is to buy an OCPJP8 study guide. And since you have to buy such a study guide, it might be worthwhile considering if it isn't lucrative to purchase both OCAJP8 and OCPJP8 study guides together.

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).

Please note you can't combine different version certifications. So if you want to become Oracle Certified Professional, Java 8 Programmer in the end, taking the OCAJP7 certification exam is a waste of time and money. You could take OCAJP7 and OCPJP7, followed by the upgrade exam. But then you need to purchase (and pass) three exams. If you take OCAJP8 and OCPJP8 certification exams, you only need to purchase (and pass) two exams.

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
Abhishek Chotaliya
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Thank you for your warm welcomes and answers @Ganesh Patekar and @Roel De Nijs.
Glad to be here!
 
Ganesh Patekar
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You're welcome
 
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