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Geff Chang
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Hi Scott, Jeanne and OTHERS -- So, I am OCA7-certified, but have not taken OCP7 yet.
Should I just skip OCP7, and go for OCA8 or OCP8?
What are your thoughts on this?
 
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Geff Chang wrote:Should I just skip OCP7, and go for OCA8 or OCP8?

If your end goal is to become OCP8 certified, you can take two different paths: OCA8+OCP8 or OCP7+OCP8 Upgrade. So I would opt for the OCA8+OCP8 path, because both paths require two exams and the OCA8+OCP8 path will be much easier than the other one as you have one basic exam (and since you are already OCA7 certified, you'll be prepared rather quickly for this exam) and one advanced (and much harder) exam. If you would take the other part you'll need to prepare for 2 advanced (and much harder) exams.
 
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Their is a hell load of difference as far as certification programs 7 and 8 are concerned. I would suggest you to choose OCA8+OCP8 as your certification path(i have done the same  ). Whatever newer upgrades which will be coming from oracle will find its foundation from JAVA 8 only so learning 7 will just give you deep understanding of core concepts but 8 will build you to prepare amazing logics using core concepts. All the best for your exams 
 
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What is your goal in getting certified? If it is to get certified quickly, I'd recommend the OCP 7. If it is to get the latest cert, I'd recommend the OCA 8 + OCP 8. It's be two exams to be OCP 8 certified regardless from where you are at and that path is easier.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:What is your goal in getting certified? If it is to get certified quickly, I'd recommend the OCP 7. If it is to get the latest cert, I'd recommend the OCA 8 + OCP 8. It's be two exams to be OCP 8 certified regardless from where you are at and that path is easier.


For now, just the certification, as it is long overdue.
I suppose I'll just proceed with OCP7, as I don't want to take 2 exams for OCP8 (maybe later, I will).
 
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It also depends on what your motivation for the certification is. If you want the certifications to further your understanding of Java, OCP 7 is mostly likely the way to go.  Granted, there are a number of cool things with streams that you would learn by studying for the OCP 8 exam.  On the other hand, if you want the certification because you are actively applying for jobs, having the latest OCP 8 would probably be better.

My personal recommendation, aka "if it was me", I would take the OCA 8 and OCP 8 exams.  Since you already passed the OCA 7 exam, the OCA 8 should be a piece of cake.  Also, just having the OCA 7 and OCA 8 certs on your resume (without the OCP cert) would demonstrate that you have been doing it for some time and have stayed current.  Finally, streams are so much fun and I use them so frequently now that any excuse to learn them is a good one.  They completely change how I write concurrency and collections code now.  Either way you proceed, good luck!
 
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