Thanks for the input.
I'm not even saying you need to buy our study guide. But taking a certification exam without consulting any study guide is a bit risky if you ask me.
Thanks for replying. I want to mention that I have read a study guide for Java 7 certification a while back. So i'm not completely indolent about the topics that would be covered. I'm more of a practical person, and with my experience, I thought I could skip the study guide and start doing the questions. But if you insist, I will definitely try to find a way to read a study guide.
William Ng wrote:I also took a Java course early on the path to that degree and a have kept learning about the language and have frequently programmed projects in it. So I alos feel, I have a good grasp of the language. I don't think it would benefit me as much to but the study guide. However, I thinking about buying (i'm almost certain i'm going to) the practice tests, as feel, what I need is not studying of the language but questions which to help me practice and get a feel for what's going to be on the tests.
Let's start with a warning: the OCAJP certification exam requires a more in-depth knowledge of Java basics than you need to know to write Java applications. If you are programming an application you have one very good friend, namely your IDE. And this BFF complains each time you do something which is not allowed (illegal override, unreachable code, illegal cast,...). But on the actual exam you are completely on your own, no BFF to help you; and that's the reason why you need a much more in-depth Java knowledge.
And here's my advice: I would definitely buy Enthuware mock exams. There is absolutely no reason to doubt about this purchase! It's only 10 USD and excellent value for money. And since you are on a tight budget, you can better invest a few bucks and prevent a (very) expensive certification exam failure. The Enthuware mock exams software provides a starter test besides 6 full mock exams. Just take this starter test in "real exam mode" (time limit, only use pen & paper) and the score will tell you immediately if you are ready for the actual exam. If you consistently score 80% or more on the mock exams (on first attempt), you'll very likely to pass the actual exam. If you score less than 80%, you should do some additional studying before taking another mock exam using a study guide or online recources or both.
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).
Hope it helps!