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Ahmed Ibrahim
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Hello,

I have 2 questions about the Exam OCP Java 8


- I'm planning to take the Exam OCP Java 8 directly after OCA Java 8 exam , as i know it is more hard than the OCA Java 8 exam, My question is: i have limited time(approximately 2 months) to prepare for the OCP Java 8 exam, is it possible to start study directly from an exam study guide book such as the book by (Jeanne Boyarsky, Scott Selikoff or any one currently available on Amazon) and after that Enthuware mock exam ? or i should first study the advanced topics from tutorials such as "Java the complete reference" or "Core Java vol I and II by Horstmann" for more deep study ?

- Why the new released book "OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Exam Guide" didn't contain also the objectives of OCP Java SE 8 Programmer II Exam like the previous book K&B7 . why are they splitted  ?


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Depending on your background, two months might not be enough. I would say that for each exam, you ought to study until you're doing well on practice exams - however long that takes.

I would use an exam study guide to be the core of my study materials. These guides are focused on exactly the topics that are on the exam. So you can use other resources to find out more about specific topics, but the exam guide itself gives you a sort of blueprint for studying.

good luck!
 
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Thank you Bert for your reply and valuable advice.

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Ahmed Ibrahim wrote:- I'm planning to take the Exam OCP Java 8 directly after OCA Java 8 exam , as i know it is more hard than the OCA Java 8 exam, My question is: i have limited time(approximately 2 months) to prepare for the OCP Java 8 exam, is it possible to start study directly from an exam study guide book such as the book by (Jeanne Boyarsky, Scott Selikoff or any one currently available on Amazon) and after that Enthuware mock exam ? or i should first study the advanced topics from tutorials such as "Java the complete reference" or "Core Java vol I and II by Horstmann" for more deep study ?

Two months might be really thight, certainly for OCPJP8. This certification exam is really hard & difficult as it requires an in-dept knowledge of a bunch of (very) advanced topics (generics, file i/o, nio, threading, concurrency,...). You should take your time to prepare thoroughly! Here is my personal opinion: Give yourself enough time to prepare. Don't rush! The journey becoming certified is much more important than that piece of paper itself. If you take your time to prepare, you'll become a much better developer with a good understanding of Java and OO basics. You'll get much more out of your certification than someone who's preparing to just pass the exam. No doubt! (and of course the same applies for the OCP certification exam as well)

Ahmed Ibrahim wrote:- Why the new released book "OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Exam Guide" didn't contain also the objectives of OCP Java SE 8 Programmer II Exam like the previous book K&B7 . why are they splitted  ?

I think one of the reasons is definitely size. The OCA part of K&B7 was 370 pages and the OCA8 study guide has already 60 pages more... And another reason might simply be a financial reason: if the OCA8 certification guide is published as soon as it was finished, exam aspirants can purchase the study guide (and the publisher earns a few bucks).
 
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Roel De Nijs wrote:
The journey becoming certified is much more important than that piece of paper itself


I think this sentence is the most one that has taken my attention in the forum. Never I will forget it

Thank you "Roel Dr Nijs" for the valuable information you give me in your reply.


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