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Geoff Gelay

Joined: Sep 18, 2012
Posts: 1
Hello Edward & Robert,

I took the SCJA exam a few years ago and passed using your book. I have heard that the OCAJP exam is very different. I was considering taking it. Do you think this is worthwhile, and would you highlight some of the things that make it different?

Thanks in advance!
Edward Finegan

Joined: Sep 18, 2012
Posts: 15

Glad to hear our first book helped you out! The SCJA exam was less code intense and focused on the Java technologies, and how each could be leveraged. It did have some code but the questions were targeted at very entry level developers or project managers. The OCAJP is targeted mainly at developers. It has a lot of code. Where the SCJA could be taken by someone new to Java, the OCAJP candidate will likely want to have a solid understanding of the language and a little experience woking with it. The OCAJP is a great exam to take if you want to challenge your self as a developer and continue alone the Oracle certification track.


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Carlito Carriedo

Joined: Jun 05, 2012
Posts: 4
Since Oracle changed the passing rate and duration of the certification exam, do you think they also changed or added new set of questions? When I took the exam last September 4th, the passing rate was still 75% and reviewing most of the Java dumps has helped at some point.
Mala Gupta
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Joined: Sep 27, 2002
Posts: 280

Oracle updates its question bank frequently. As pointed out in thread 'Scored and Unscored Questions' (, you may be surprised to learn that as many as 10 out of 90 questions may have been unscored on the exam that you wrote.

With respect,

Author of Manning's OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Certification Guide, OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Certification Guide and OCP Java SE 7 Programmer II Certification Guide
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