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Is it possible OCAJP 7 for not experiences developers?

Francesco Valle

Joined: Jul 09, 2012
Posts: 9

I work for a IT company, but I am not working directly on Java. Anyway I would like to take this certification.
I am studying at home (after work) and I would like to buy the "OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Study Guide" to improve my Java SE skills.

Do you think it would be enough for me to reach my goals?

Thank you and bye,
K. Tsang

Joined: Sep 13, 2007
Posts: 3132

From my understanding, the new OCA Java 7 programmer exam is a subset of the old SCJP exam. The OCP Java 7 Programmer covers the rest.

For your case it depends where you want to go. If you want to have an overview of Java platform/technology then the OLD Associate exam (OCA Java 5/6) may be a more suitable exam. However, if you really want to learn the syntax and stuff, OCA Java 7 will get you there.

Hope this helps.

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Robert James Liguori
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Joined: Nov 27, 2007
Posts: 550

I agree with K. Tsang response.

To add to it... if you are brand new to Java, you'd be better off taking the OCA 5/6 exam. It's easier (based on the SCJA design)... and with the right amount of preparation, you should be able to score very well with a comfortable amount of effort. This OCA 5/6 (1Z0-850) exam is really designed for an entry level person (e.g. the associate).

Now, the OCA 7 exam is much more challenging (than the OCA 5/6) as it's based on the SCJP design. If you choose this path, I would strongly recommend that in addition to studying for the OCA 7 exam that you have at least 6 months of solid programming/development experience with Java.

Hope this helps,


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