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How to prepare for OCPJP7

Vamshi Kalva
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Hi Ranchers,

I am looking to write the OCPJP7 exam exam in beta version. I have taken the OCAJP7 exam previously and now looking forward for the professional certification. At present I have started preparing for the exam with the standard book "Katherine Sierra & Bert Bates (K&B)" But the new exam has lot other topics to cover. I am looking for materials for preparing for the exam. Please help me if anyone has information regarding the materials to study and exam preparation.

Thanks,

Kalva.
Helen Ma
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So far , as I know KB has already published a new study guide for Java 7. To my experience with OCJP 6, reviewing the self-test of the book and the mock exam on the CD is important for passing the test.
If you want to get some higher score in the exam, you can take a look at KB's practice exam book for OCJP 6. I guess OCJP 6 may have overlapping objectives as OCJP 7.

If you want to learn more details , you can also read Mughal and Rasmusen's SCJP study guide. This book has good details about generic and thread.

Ankit Garg
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Helen Ma wrote:So far , as I know KB has already published a new study guide for Java 7.

The SCJP 7 study guide will be published in July. AFAIK there is no book on SCJP 7 right now. But yes you can refer to SCJP 6 books and some other online resources for your preparation...


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Vamshi Kalva
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@Helen Ma & @Ankit Garg

Thanks alot for information. I have also checked for the book ocpjp7 which will be releasing this July and we could preorder now on Amazon.com. As of now just started going through SCJP6 book along with
"Java The Complete Reference, 8th Edition by Herbert Schildt". Please let me know if you come across any references in which could help in preparing for the Exam.

Thanks,

Vamshi
Anayonkar Shivalkar
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Vamshi Kalva wrote:@Helen Ma & @Ankit Garg

Thanks alot for information. I have also checked for the book ocpjp7 which will be releasing this July and we could preorder now on Amazon.com. As of now just started going through SCJP6 book along with
"Java The Complete Reference, 8th Edition by Herbert Schildt". Please let me know if you come across any references in which could help in preparing for the Exam.

Thanks,

Vamshi

Well, learning a language and preparing for certification are two different things.

If you are familiar with Java, you can pick even old edition of SCJP book. Those books (Sierra & Bates or Moughal etc.) are specifically written to assist the reader in passing the certification.

On the other hand, books by Schildt, Eckel etc. are written to assist the newcomer to the language.

If you don't know anything about Java, SCJP books won't help you much for learning Java.

If you know Java, Complete Reference won't help you much for passing SCJP exam.

I hope this helps.


Regards,
Anayonkar Shivalkar (SCJP, SCWCD, OCMJD, OCEEJBD)
Lucas Smith
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Does anyone know if there exists a full version of Java Programmer 7 exam? Beta has already been closed.


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Very wise words from Anayonkar Shivalkar...


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Vamshi Kalva
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@Anayonkar Shivalkar,

Thanks a lot for your suggestion. I know that studying complete reference wouldn't help as much as certification books.

http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=41&p_exam_id=1Z0_804

But as you know the new OCP exam has lot of new topics added and some of the SCJP 6 topics have been moved into OCA 7. Any how, as said the exam has topics which are not covered in previous versions of java certification. At present though I am just going through the basics of the topics that are not covered in SCJP 6 through "complete reference".


As the exam is still in Beta version, there are not many certification books that I could find for this exam. I am looking for the books to prepare for the exam. Please let me know if you come across any books or material which would help me prepare for the exam. I am planning to take this exam this May.

Please help

Thanks,
Anayonkar Shivalkar
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Bert Bates wrote:Very wise words from Anayonkar Shivalkar...

Thank you!

Vamshi Kalva wrote:At present though I am just going through the basics of the topics that are not covered in SCJP 6 through "complete reference".

Yes, this would do. Just check out exactly which topics are part of OCPJP 7 so that you won't end up studying other topics (nothing bad in studying extra topics, but it can be done after OCPJP7 as well )

Personally, I'm not aware of any books regarding OCPJP7, but in latest certification, they've added few topics (I guess JDBC etc.) which are not much different in JDK 6 and 7. So, any reference book for Java 6 would do.

I hope this helps.

All the best!
satyakumardubi das
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try http://www.pmpprepare.com/scjp7Isuccesskit.jsp


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Vamshi Kalva
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Thanks for the information. But the link mentions to the associate exam, not the professional one. Professional exam is SCJP7II.

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Based on our experiences with the beta exam for OCPJP 7 (Programmer II), it is a tough exam. There are several new topics and you will need to understand those from a Java 7 book (until certification books are available). We do not advise using SCJP 6 books for this exam.

HTH,
Paul.


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Vamshi Kalva
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Paul Anilprem wrote:Based on our experiences with the beta exam for OCPJP 7 (Programmer II), it is a tough exam. There are several new topics and you will need to understand those from a Java 7 book (until certification books are available). We do not advise using SCJP 6 books for this exam.

HTH,
Paul.


Thanks Paul for the info. I guess I will try to prepare as much as from the Java 7 books, there are still topics which are from SCJP6 so I guess reading the topics from them could also be helpful. Please let me know if you know any more information about this exam.

Thanks
Samir K. Arora
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I agree with the fact that hardly any book available for OCPJP 7 preparation. Book by K&B for this topic will be available in April 13 according to Amazon. However, there is another book which is schedule to appear in Feb:Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 7 Programmer Exams 1Z0-804 and 1Z0-805: A Comprehensive OCPJP 7 Certification Guide.
It looks like that this book has 2 mock tests and one pre-test which will be useful for any OCPJP aspirant.
Nancy Avent
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Thanks Samir for the useful info.
In fact, the authors of this book has a blog that hosts some useful resources.
 
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