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These are frequently asked questions relating to the Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 5/6, Java SE 7, and Java SE 8 Associate (OCA) certifications, and the common answers to them.

Where can I ask questions about the OCAJP exam that aren't covered in this FAQ?
That's what the CodeRanch Associate Certification (OCAJP) discussion forum is for.

Where can I find the OCAJP exam objectives?
Objectives are the goals for the exam to prepare you on certain topics. You can think of objectives as Syllabus of the exam.
  • OCAJP 8 (1Z0-808) objectives
  • OCAJP 7 (1Z0-803) objectives

  • How do the OCAJP objectives map to the old SCJP/OCPJP 6 exam?
    See the mapping table at OCAJP7 and OCPJP7 vs OCPJP6

    How do the OCAJP 8 objectives map to version 7?
    See the mapping table at OCAJP7 vs OCAJP8

    Who is the target audience for the OCAJP 5/6 exam versus the OCAJP 7/8 exam?
    From the SCJA Study Guide ... in regards to the SCJA which is now the OCAJP 5/6 (1Z0-850) exam:

    SCJA Study Guide wrote:We strongly recommend the SCJA certification to the following candidates:
    * Entry-level and junior programmers wishing to start and/or continue down the path of using Java technologies.
    * Software developers and technical leads wishing to solidify their Java-related skillsets.
    * Project and program managers wishing to gain a true perspective of the work and challenge of their teams complementary to their planning and direction.
    * Computer Science and information system students wishing to complement their education
    * IT job seekers looking for a well-deserved edge
    * Certification seekers wishing to round out their resume or curriculum vitae

    In regards to the OCAJP 7 (1Z0-803) exam, it's primarily good for matured programmers & software developers.

    What is the difference between the OCAJP 5/6 and OCAJP 7?
    I'm confused, is there an updated SCJA exam given by Oracle?

    Are there any books / resources for this certification?

    OCAJP 8 Books - OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I (Exam 1Z0-808)
  • OCA: Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide: Exam 1Z0-808 (Wiley), Errata
  • OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide (Exam 1Z0-808) (Oracle Press) (McGraw-Hill Education)
  • A Programmer's Guide to Java SE 8 Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) (Addison-Wesley Professional), Errata
  • OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Certification Guide (Exam 1Z0-808) (Manning Publications)
  • OCAJP Associate Java 8 Programmer Certification Fundamentals (Exam 1Z0-808) (Enthuware)

  • OCAJP 8 Video Courses - OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I (Exam 1Z0-808)
  • Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer I (1Z0-808) Complete Video Course

  • OCAJP 8 Free Training & eBook - The Java Certification Roadmap
  • Java Programmer Certification Free Training
  • The Java Certification Roadmap eBook

  • OCAJP 7 Books - OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I (Exam 1Z0-803)
  • OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Study Guide (Exam 1Z0-803) (Oracle Press) (McGraw-Hill Education)
  • OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Certification Guide: Prepare for the 1ZO-803 exam (Manning)
  • OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide (Exams 1Z0-803 & 1Z0-804) (Oracle Press) (McGraw-Hill Education), Errata
  • OCAJP Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 7 Programmer Practice Exams (Enthuware)

  • OCAJP 7 Video Courses - OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I (Exam 1Z0-803)
  • Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer Exam (1Z0-803) Complete Video Course

  • Are there any summaries (made by CodeRanch members) for this certification?
  • How to get java certification: step by step by Mushfiq Mammadov
  • OCAJP 7 Summary by Mohammed Amine Bagdouri
  • Java OCAJP 8 Certification by Paul Robotham

  • Has anyone blogged about the exam?
  • Robert James Liguori's Blog, Getting Certified with Java SE 8

  • What are the free mock exams available?
  • Oracle posted sample questions
  • Enthuware's JA+ V8 For OCA Java 8 (1Z0-808) Trial and JQ+ I V11 For OCP Java 11 Part 1 (1Z0-815) Trial
  • Whizlabs' OCAJP 7 Free Test and OCAJP 8 Free Test
  • JavaBeat's Java Basics mock exam
  • 20 questions OCA 8 questions/answers in free book preview of Wiley's OCA 8 book
  • MyExamCloud's Free 1Z0-803 Java SE 7 Programmer I Practice Mock Exam and Free 1Z0-808 Java SE 8 Programmer I Practice Mock Exam
  • 10 questions for StringBuilder Topic
  • 9 questions for Lambda Topic
  • 11 free questions on enums
  • Types of questions you'll see on the Java exam (includes 8 free sample questions)
  • 15 free questions on String pool

  • What are the commercial mock exams available?
  • Enthuware's JA+ V8 For OCA Java 8 (1Z0-808) and JQ+ I V11 For OCP Java 11 Part 1 (1Z0-815)
  • Whizlabs' OCAJP 7 Practice Tests and OCAJP 8 Practice Tests
  • JavaBeat's OCAJP 7/8 Mock Exams with 400 sample certification questions
  • MyExamCloud's OCAJP 7 (1Z0-803) Exam Practice Tests and OCAJP 8 (1Z0-808) Exam Practice Tests

  • Are there any tips and advice for taking this exam?
    In the OcajpWallOfFame you'll find experiences (including resources they have used) about other ranchers having already passed the OCA exam. So these experiences and stories could also be very useful.

    What is the policy on posting questions I saw on the exam?
    You may not describe or talk about the questions you saw on any of the Oracle exams - see the CodeRanch's Policy on Real Questions for further details.

    What other certifications do I need before I go for the OCAJP certification?
    No prerequisites for this certification.

    Where can I find the FAQs for the legacy SCJA exam?
    The SCJA FAQs can be found here.

    Where do I see my certification results?
    See our certview wiki page

    How to take Java Certification exam at home/office?
    See Taking Java Certification Exams at home/office Experience

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