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Where can I find the official Certification information from Oracle?
Oracle certification




What are the OCP objectives?
Objectives are the goals for the exam to prepare you on certain topics. You can think of objectives as Syllabus of the exam. Click "Review Exam Topics" on this page to see the objectives
  • Java SE 17 Developer





  • How does the Java 17 exam differ from the Java 11 (819) exam?
    Java 17 OCP 829 vs Java 11 OCP 819 objectives mapping





    What are the upgrade exams?

    There are not currently any upgrade exams for Java 17. For now (at least), the same exam is for people new to the cert and those upgrading from an earlier one.




    What books are available to prepare for the exam?

  • Scott and Jeanne's OCP 17 book is available for pre-order





  • What are some mock exams available?




    Where can I find the Java Language Specification?

  • JavaDoc





  • Where can I find the Java API documentation?

  • Java 17 JavaDoc





  • Where can I find preparation notes?
    The OCP 17 objectives were announced in early November 2021. Notes will be posted as they are made available




    Are there supporting courses for preparing the exam?

  • Jeanne gave a one day class on topics on the exam. This was written before the objectives were released. Jeanne guessed well and it matches the objectives nicely. While it does not prepare you for the exam, you might find the material useful for practicing specific concepts.





  • Can I bring something to write on?

    You cannot bring anything with you into the testing room. You will be provided with something to write on and something to write with. This varies by testing center, but often it is a small erasable white board and a marker. You cannot take anything with you from the testing room when you leave.

    If you have any doubts or concerns about this policy, please verify with your testing center before appearing for the exam.




    How important are the scores?

    Scores are not displayed on certificates (passing is passing), but scores can look impressive on resumes.




    If I fail, can I take the exam again?
    Yes, but you will need to pay again and wait at least 14 days. See Oracle's retake policy for more details




    How long will my certification last before expiring?
    Certifications do not expire. However, they target a specific version of Java. Your Java 1.4 certification probably doesn't look so impressive these days.




    Where can I find information about OCP testing outside of the U.S.?
    Go through the process of signing up for an exam. You can see the available exam locations and availability before being prompted to pay. This will allow you to see where exam centers are in your country.




    What is the pattern of the expiration date on the exam voucher?
    The pattern of the date on the voucher is MM/DD/YYYY. So if it says 5/10/2009, it means the voucher expires on May 10th, 2009.




    Will I be told how many options to choose in a multiple choice question?
    Yes in the real exam you'll be told how many options to select. The real exam won't have questions like in most mock exams which say "Choose All That Apply". That is done in mock exams to make them difficult.




    Are there any marks for partially right answers?
    There are no points for partially correct answers. If there is a question where you have to select 3 options and you select 2 right and 1 wrong, you'll get no marks for that question.




    Am I ready to take the exam?
    The best way to convince yourself that you are ready is to consistently score well on mock exams. In general, most mock exams provide a good indication of how you will score on the real exam. (If anything, the real exams are said to be slightly less difficult than the mock exams. But since the real exam is usually the last one taken after a series of several mock exams, candidates are most prepared for that one.) As a general guideline for confidence, you should consistently score about 10 points higher on the mock exams as you hope to score on the real exam.




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