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Some questions about OCAJP practicalities

 
Abhishek Chotaliya
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Hi,
I have some doubts regarding the process ...

1. Can I book the exam for a specific date or Oracle will provide me a date/time for the exam?
2. Are any retests included in the exam fees? (Like if I fail the exam, Can I get a second chance?)
3. How will I get my exam result?
4. What is the good score for the job? I am a fresher, and my primary goal is to get a good job with this certification.

Thanks in advance,
Abhishek
 
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Abhishek Chotaliya wrote:1. Can I book the exam for a specific date or Oracle will provide me a date/time for the exam?

You pick the date/time when you register. You can change the date/time if you aren't ready or something comes up as long as you don't wait until the last minute.

Abhishek Chotaliya wrote:2. Are any retests included in the exam fees? (Like if I fail the exam, Can I get a second chance?)

No

Abhishek Chotaliya wrote:3. How will I get my exam result?

It's available on the certview website shortly after you complete the exam. Typically within 15 minutes.

Abhishek Chotaliya wrote:4. What is the good score for the job? I am a fresher, and my primary goal is to get a good job with this certification.

Technically, it is a pass/fail exam. While you do get your score, Oracle will just validate that you passed to an employer. I think a better goal is to understand the material, learn and feel confident that you will pass.
 
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Abhishek Chotaliya wrote:1. Can I book the exam for a specific date or Oracle will provide me a date/time for the exam?

You schedule your own exam at the testing center of your choice, so can choose the date/time which suits you best to take the exam. You can of course only choose date/time from the available slots at the testing center.

Abhishek Chotaliya wrote:2. Are any retests included in the exam fees? (Like if I fail the exam, Can I get a second chance?)

No! If you fail and want to retake the exam, you have to pay the full price again. If you are from India, it seems you can purchase a package offer which includes exam voucher, free retake and 30-day access to Kaplan tests.

Abhishek Chotaliya wrote:3. How will I get my exam result?

You'll need to create an Oracle Web Account to sign in to CertView. When your result is available (normally within 30 minutes after taking the exam), you'll get an email to inform your exam result is available.

Abhishek Chotaliya wrote:4. What is the good score for the job? I am a fresher, and my primary goal is to get a good job with this certification.

There is no such thing as "a good score for the job". It's just pass or fail (as you can see here). If you are a Java greenhorn, you'll definitely benefit from preparing for this certification. Your Java knowledge will definitely increase and you'll get a solid understanding of Java and OO basics (if you prepare very thoroughly of course). Also please note that the OCAJP8 certification is just a basic certification. And you'll get the real value from the (more advanced and difficult) OCPJP8 certification exam. But to become Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer you'll need to take (and pass) the OCAJP8 certification exam as well.
A certification could definitely be useful if you are looking for a Java developer position, but it's certainly not a guarantee. Even with an OCPJP8 certification under your belt, it's still not a guarantee. But it might make the difference between some equivalent candidates. It shows different positive aspects for a programmer: eager to learn, want to study and improve your knowledge (in your own time), you are up for a challenge, you have an eye for details,... But you probably not get a job just because you are certified. So a certification is never a guarantee for a job, but it may help turn the scale in your favor. In this thread and this one you'll find some advice to increase your chances to get an entry-level job as a Java developer.

Hope it helps!
Kind regards,
Roel
 
Abhishek Chotaliya
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Thank you very much @Jeanne Boyarsky and @Roel De Nijs for your valuable inputs. Definitely, I will prepare my best for this exam.

Regards,
Abhishek
 
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