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How to get java certification: step by step

 
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I have had a lot of difficulties to get information when I wanted to start preparing for Java Certification exam. I didn't know:
- which exam I should take?
- which study guide I should buy?
- which test banks I should use?
- where could I take the exam?
- how to register for the exam? etc.

It took me a lot of time to find out the answers to these questions. Since there was not any source which contains all the information orderly (from the beginning to the end), I derived answers to those questions from various sources such as  Google, Facebook, Oracle website, forums (especially Coderanch), exam takers, etc. And I witnessed that these questions had been frequently asked by others, too. Therefore, I decided to collect all steps of the exam process orderly in one source/website. Then I started taking notes about the steps which I had already passed.

Approximately three months ago I created a blog and started to share my notes about those steps. Here are those:

Step 1. Choosing an exam

Step 2. Buying a study guide

Step 3. Register in Coderanch forum

Step 4. Choosing exam test banks

Step 5. Register for an exam at Pearson VUE (adding the video of my real exam registration process)

Step 6. The exam day

Step 7. Learn exam result

Step 8. Getting pdf and printed copy version of certificate



P.S. Feel free if you have any suggestions regarding these steps.
 
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Nice and useful post, thank you!

To step 8: I have no possibility to get a hard copy of the certificate. In the e-mail from Oracle there is a note, saying

Important Note: Oracle is committed to developing practices and products that help protect the environment. Hard copy printed certificates are not available.



But you get an acclaim badge (https://www.youracclaim.com).

And you can still download a PDF and print it.
 
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really nice & helpfull!
 
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Viktor Logwin wrote:Nice and useful post, thank you!


You are welcome!

Viktor Logwin wrote:To step 8: I have no possibility to get a hard copy of the certificate. In the e-mail from Oracle there is a note, saying

Important Note: Oracle is committed to developing practices and products that help protect the environment. Hard copy printed certificates are not available.



I didn't know about it. Maybe this is new policy of Oracle. Step 8 was updated. Thanks for your feedback!
 
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george georgakakos wrote:really nice & helpfull!


You are welcome!
 
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Hi Mushfiq Mammadov,

really nice blog you made and very useful.
you can add now also OCA / OCP Practice Tests: Exam 1Z0-808 and Exam 1Z0-809
to the java 8 certification preparation.

thank you,
Stefan
 
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Stefan Banu wrote:Hi Mushfiq Mammadov,

really nice blog you made and very useful.
you can add now also OCA / OCP Practice Tests: Exam 1Z0-808 and Exam 1Z0-809
to the java 8 certification preparation.

thank you,
Stefan



Hi, Stefan. Thank you for your attention. I have written about this book in the "News" section of blog. But after your reply I will update the step 4. Thanks again.
 
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Mushfiq Mammadov wrote:Approximately three months ago I created a blog and started to share my notes about those steps.


Excellent cow-worthy work! I have added a link to this topic to the OcajpFaq.
 
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Roel De Nijs wrote:Excellent cow-worthy work! I have added a link to this topic to the OcajpFaq.


Thanks, Roel!  
 
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Great information! It is going to be really important for me.

But I still have a doubt about CertView. After I register and pay for the exam, it's recommended that I register at CertView right away?
You mentioned "In order to avoid any problems, it is recommended that you correctly write your name and surname in English". Has anyone had a problem with different characters, like in my name, João, since ~ is not present in the English language? I don't want to have problems with my register.
 
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This topic was very helpful.
I would like to add just some informations:
- About ID: we need to provide 2 forms of identification, a primary ID and a secondary ID. Pearson Vue's site mentions that primary ID could be, for example, International Travel Passport, Driver's License, Identification card, etc... As a secondary, they mention any ID containing at least name and signature, or name and recent recognizable photo that meets the ID requirements.
- There are some changes in the register interface. Now, we must create an username and a password, as seen in the following images.





 
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João Victor Gomes wrote:You mentioned "In order to avoid any problems, it is recommended that you correctly write your name and surname in English". Has anyone had a problem with different characters, like in my name, João, since ~ is not present in the English language? I don't want to have problems with my register.



On the above of page it is noted that you should use Roman alphabet.


 
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Mushfiq Mammadov wrote:

João Victor Gomes wrote:You mentioned "In order to avoid any problems, it is recommended that you correctly write your name and surname in English". Has anyone had a problem with different characters, like in my name, João, since ~ is not present in the English language? I don't want to have problems with my register.



On the above of page it is noted that you should use Roman alphabet.



I talked with a person of the test center, she said that it's ok to use "João".
I have registered, and it was accepted, I hope I don't get in trouble.
I think I'm going to contact Pearson Vue or Oracle, just in case.
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