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Back in August I was somewhat impatient and I was wondering if I should wait to take the OCA exam until Java 9's testing was released as noted here
https://coderanch.com/t/683060/certification/prologue
Jeanne was able to set help out quickly with her response.

With Java 9 scheduled to be released soon and I wondering if it would be prudent to have a note where people could check what the status of testing is.
This is my first time being on this site with a new version of Java expected soon, however maybe you have a better way to handle this given past experiences.

Thanks for your time with this,
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So you are posting this in the forum "ranch office" - maybe you were intending to post this in a different forum?

 
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Good point; let's try the OCA forum.
 
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I'm not too sure where I should have posted this? Perhaps I should not have posted this at all?
In which case I apologize and I will try to learn from this and not mention this again.

I realize that there are much more qualified people on this forum then me.
I thought that if there was a single source of what one could/should say when someone does ask about Java 9 testing then some time and frustration could be alleviated.

In the last week or so I did respond to two different people who were wondering about Java 9 testing and I gave them the dates that Jeanne posted.
I also suggested to them that it would be at least six months after the release of Java 9 before one can attempt to become certified, that is if Oracle used roughly the same time line for Java 9 as Java 8.
I then let them know that Pearson Vue is still offering Java 6 testing, at least as of Sept 1, 2017 and Java 6 was released/updated last in 2012.

I am sorry if I did this incorrectly and I realize that CodeRanch is a free resource will a great community which is helpful, knowledgeable and welcoming.
I did not intend to inconvenience to you, or anyone for that matter.
 
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I am sure you haven'd done anything wrong. I don't know any more details about the exam myself, however.
 
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When there is news, the way to find out is via the beta exam page. (We still have a good wait ahead of us.)

The first person to notice it is there creates a post in this forum (OCA) to spread the word about the exam. Beta exams are typically $50. They are longer and harder than the regular exam.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:When there is news, the way to find out is via the beta exam page. (We still have a good wait ahead of us.)

Thanks for sharing that information Jeanne.
On that web site it is also stated this:
Passing a beta exam is the same as passing a production exam. If you pass the beta versions of the exams required within an Oracle Certification path, you will earn your Oracle Certification credential

I wonder what restrictions apply here. For instance do you still have to wait 14 days if you fail before you can take the exam again.
Or are you even able to take the exam again. The cost of these exams is drastically discounted according to that site and it may not hurt to take the beta exam even if you can only take it once.
 
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I said wrote:I wonder what restrictions apply here. For instance do you still have to wait 14 days if you fail before you can take the exam again.

Answers provided on the "Java & Middleware" beta exam page from Jeanne previous post.
Beta Exams page wrote:Beta Exams may only be taken once.

There appears to a lot of info on that page regarding beta exams.
 
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Pete,
That is correct about only taking it once. However, with Jav a8, you could take the OCP 8 beta and the upgrade exam beta. I took and passed both. And they end up with the same cert. But they are different exams so that worked.
 
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