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This is probably a common thread asking where to start in getting the proper training materials to got for the Java 8 certs.  However, I want to point out an interesting perspective (maybe more common than I think).

I have about 8 years give or take of java development experience (almost 12 years total in some aspect of software engineering (I did some C programming for awhile, DevOps most recently for a few years).  You would think that would lead to you to be well positioned to be an attractive candidate.  However, I'm sure I have left a couple of interviewers disappointed thinking they had their guy before interviewing me.

I was pretty much self taught (and I think that is largely the problem) and actually have a business degree not CS or something related.  Note in college I did take a couple java classes and a C++ class, that was more or less how I was able to get an entry level software dev job to begin with.  Despite the fact I have a pretty good knowledge of OOP and concepts and know I could develop pretty much any Java app someone asked me to.  My "off the top of my head" knowledge is severely lacking.  This has been exposed by recently starting to explore other opportunities and despite my interview prep, being stumped by some of the questions posed to me.  I think the age of the internet has been helpful in obtaining answers for programming questions in a timely manner, but is not very useful in retaining the knowledge in your head.  When you know you can just bookmark a programming solution or record it in a cheat sheet, your brain tends to treat it as something you don't need to know.

For reference I've taken a number of mock certification exams to try and gauge where I am, my average scores are around 50%, knowing I was still guessing on some of the answers I got right.

Just curious where you think the right place for me to start would be.



 
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The Java certification path that would help bring your dream of being a certified professional, into reality.

Last time, we saw details regarding the learning path for Java. We had also promised to explore the Java certification path for you. That’s exactly what we are going to do here.

So, here’s an answer to what path should you take, to be certified in Java.
1. Have knowledge about the Java certification options:
Above everything else, you should be aware on the most recent Java version. Java 9 happens to be the latest one.

The best thing would be to begin with the Java SE 9 certification that covers all the basic Java and OOPs concepts. The details of the certification are available on the Oracle website with topics and illustrations incorporated into the certification.

Some of the certifications are reliant on one another. For instance, to go or any advanced certification, you have to clear the fundamentals first. We recommend you to comprehend the importance of every certification well in advance before any final enrollment and look out for the exam topics in detail.

2. Learn all the things about the latest Java version:
Indeed, it sounds kind of difficult, however, you have to understand every concept well with respect to the latest version. Each new release comes with a few surprises and enhancements that are made open for the end-users and the developers. You must be certain that every one of the concepts are grasped well before you go for the certification. Java learning programs can serve the purpose.

3. Solve past year test papers:
On the off chance that you are serious about being certified, then attempt to solve past year’s test papers whatever number possible. This will set you up for the exam’s baseline and you would likewise become acquainted with the paper style as well.

4. Begin reading books:
This does not make a difference whether you are certain on the Java basics or not. There are a lot of tricky questions that can be aced with books only. There are numerous books present for certification to enhance your overall knowledge base and skills.

Some of the recommended names include the Java SE 8 programmer guide, OCA (Oracle Certified Associate) etc.

These books are very concise, simple yet adequate to set you up for the Java certification. You can purchase these books online, with discounts being generally offered.

In this manner, there is no compelling reason to visit numerous stores to purchase these books, instead you can order them at your home directly. Best of all, you will get a whole list of tricky questions in the book, with in-depth explanation and related examples as well.

5. Apply online:
If you have decided to show up for the certification exam, then you have to register and purchase vouchers for the Oracle Education system through the online mode. The voucher cost is approximately $250 and comes with a validity of 6 months from the purchase date. In the event that you are unable to clear your exam in the initial attempt, then you can reappear after 15 days.

With insights about the Java learning path and the Java certification path, you can now make use of it in your Java career endeavors. All the best !!!
 
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meenal deshpande wrote:. . . begin with the Java SE 9 certification . . . The details of the certification are available on the Oracle website . . .

What Java9 certification? Is there such a thing? Please provide links.

2. Learn all the things about the latest Java version:

It would be impossible to learn everything; you need to learn what is in the exam off by heart. You should of course know more than that for your normal work.

. . . understand every concept well with respect to the latest version. . . .

That is a better way to explain what you have to learn.

3. Solve past year test papers: . . .

But the old test papers are not made available. There are several sources of questions similar to exam questions.
 
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You can take Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer to improve your Java Programming skills. Later you can try Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer. Note: Oracle yet to launch Java 9 Certification.
 
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rajeswari kannan wrote:. . . Oracle yet to launch Java 9 Certification.

Do you think they ever will? Java9 isn't an LTS version like Java8 or Java11.
 
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I think the best way to prepare for the exam is to read other people's stories here: https://coderanch.com/wiki/659980/Ocajp-Wall-Fame

This way you can see what sources everyone else used: books, software, mock-up exams, etc.

My particular one is this: https://coderanch.com/t/692163/certification/Passed-OCAJP


Good luck!
 
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meenal deshpande wrote: path that would help bring your dream of being a certified professional, into reality.

Last time, we saw details regarding the learning path for Java. We had also promised to explore the Java certification path for you. That’s exactly what we are going to do here.

So, here’s an answer to what path should you take, to be certified in Java.
1. Have knowledge about the Java certification options:
Above everything else, you should be aware on the most recent Java version. Java 9 happens to be the latest one.

The best thing would be to begin with the Java SE 9 certification that covers all the basic Java and OOPs concepts. The details of the certification are available on the Oracle website with topics and illustrations incorporated into the certification.

Some of the certifications are reliant on one another. For instance, to go or any advanced certification, you have to clear the fundamentals first. We recommend you to comprehend the importance of every certification well in advance before any final enrollment and look out for the exam topics in detail.

2. Learn all the things about the latest Java version:
Indeed, it sounds kind of difficult, however, you have to understand every concept well with respect to the latest version. Each new release comes with a few surprises and enhancements that are made open for the end-users and the developers. You must be certain that every one of the concepts are grasped well before you go for the certification. Java learning programs can serve the purpose.

3. Solve past year test papers:
On the off chance that you are serious about being certified, then attempt to solve past year’s test papers whatever number possible. This will set you up for the exam’s baseline and you would likewise become acquainted with the paper style as well.

4. Begin reading books:
This does not make a difference whether you are certain on the Java basics or not. There are a lot of tricky questions that can be aced with books only. There are numerous books present for certification to enhance your overall knowledge base and skills.

Some of the recommended names include the Java SE 8 programmer guide, OCA (Oracle Certified Associate) etc.

These books are very concise, simple yet adequate to set you up for the Java certification. You can purchase these books online, with discounts being generally offered.

In this manner, there is no compelling reason to visit numerous stores to purchase these books, instead you can order them at your home directly. Best of all, you will get a whole list of tricky questions in the book, with in-depth explanation and related examples as well.

5. Apply online:
If you have decided to show up for the certification exam, then you have to register and purchase vouchers for the Oracle Education system through the online mode. The voucher cost is approximately $250 and comes with a validity of 6 months from the purchase date. In the event that you are unable to clear your exam in the initial attempt, then you can reappear after 15 days.

With insights about the Java learning path and the Java certification path, you can now make use of it in your Java career endeavors. All the best !!!

 
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