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some clarity of information on OCPJP 1.x

 
srini manassu
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I very recently (7th of Jan-2012) joined coderanch.

Well, after going through tons of data I thought "A friendly place for programming greenhorns!" is just the best place to clear all my doubts one shot!
I'll try to keep all questions (of mine) really straight and simple (All regarding Java Certification).

My aim is to get Java Certified, as its the only way that some one can scale the skills (of course I say may be...), since I want to work in the Software industry.
To get this I will really work hard towards.
And also I have a fair programming experience in C and C++ in UNIX environment, will this help in achieving this?

My questions are:
1. Which version of Java is current and what is the current exam code or number, (I plan to give my exam in this Feb/March 2012) whether its 1z0-851 or 1z0-804?
2. The Books (Titles and Editions)?
3. The people out there at the ranch mention about mock exams (exam simulator Inquisition) what are these are they available for free as I am not employed yet
4. Is it really needed to go through these mock tests or are the books itself (with practice) does suffice?
5. Is SCJA Associate cert necessary (mandatory) to do OCPJP?
6. Fees (in India).

Please kindly reply your views, thoughts and just about anything pertaining to this.
TIA.
 
Joseph Arnold
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Current version is OCJP 6. Get Kathy Sierra & Bates SCJP book to guide you in your preparation.
 
Larsen Raja
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1. If you plan to get certified for Java 6, you should be taking up 1Z0-851.
2. SCJP by Kathy Siera & Bert Bates is the best book
3. You can take free mock ups in javachamp.com. Apart from this commercial simulators are available from enthuware, examlabs and a lot more.
4. Basically SCJP book by K&B should be okay, additionally may use Question bank by K&B for practice.
 
srini manassu
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Larsen Raja wrote:1. If you plan to get certified for Java 6, you should be taking up 1Z0-851.
2. SCJP by Kathy Siera & Bert Bates is the best book
3. You can take free mock ups in javachamp.com. Apart from this commercial simulators are available from enthuware, examlabs and a lot more.
4. Basically SCJP book by K&B should be okay, additionally may use Question bank by K&B for practice.


OK. Thanks for the info.
 
srini manassu
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Joseph Arnold wrote:Current version is OCJP 6. Get Kathy Sierra & Bates SCJP book to guide you in your preparation.


I was a bit confused as the Oracle website stated there is also java SE 7 exams being made available. :p
 
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