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Hello

I got my java 1.4 certification 16 years ago. Then WCD. I have been preparing for the JAVA 8 upgrade exam. I also use JAVA 8 at work.
Bought Jeanne and Scotts OCP SE8 programmer II book last year. Have been slowly preparing.

Today I tried to purchase the 1Z0-813 upgrade exam voucher. Noticed it has been retired. That also tells me I am getting old

What are the options for me? Should I give JAVA 8 exam? Or prepare for JAVA 11? I already see changes between 8 and 11.
Please provide your thoughts.
 
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Do you need a new cert at work? Have you been told to get a new cert? If you have been working steadily for those fourteen years, have you updated your Java®? Won't that experience outweigh any number of cert exams?
But it is worth getting updated to the more recent versions. You can use a book to update yourself, even if you don't sit any exams.

I shall move you to our exams forum, where other people will doubtless have different opinions.
 
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I obtained Java 1.2 certification in 2000, and now I have just passed the first exam for Java 11. I don't understand why you, or anyone else, are not aiming for the latest certification, which is Java 11. I have also only used Java 8 actively, but not any later versions. The major things in Java 11 certification, as compared to Java 8, are the additions of modules and the var keyword. These are not much more than Java 8 certification.
 
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I cannot disagreed with you on that. The more I read the OCP book, the more I realize how much I dont know. I assume the same is going to be for JAVA 11.

Could you please let me know the books you followed for OCP 11? I am sure many would have already asked this question.
 
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I studied using the OCP SE11 study guide by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff.
 
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It depends on your goals The OCA 8 (808) is easier and gets you a Java 8 cert sooner. But you'll learn more on the Java 11 (815 exam).

Eitehr of those tests will allow you to take the 816 and get a Java 11 OCP cert.
 
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