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Taking 1Z0-851 and 1Z0-803 instead of 1Z0-803 and 1Z0-804

Pranav Muley
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Joined: Apr 24, 2013
Posts: 3
Hi,
I am fresher and I have no experience in Java Programming
I already have Kathy&Bert's SCJP6 (310-065) book

I have several Questions.

1) I want to take OCPJP7 Exam; Which of the following way would be suitable for me.
i) OCPJP6 (1Z0-851) -> OCPJP7 (1Z0-805)
ii) OCAJP7(1Z0-803) -> OCPJP7 (1Z0-804)
iii) Only OCAJP7(1Z0-803)

2) How many days I need to prepare?

3) Do I need separate study material?

4) Will this certification help me in getting my first job, I have weaker academics?
Ankit Garg
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Joined: Aug 03, 2008
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Hi Pranav,

1) I would suggest you go with 2nd option. The Associate 7 exam and then the Professional 7 exam.

2) You'll need around 6-8 weeks if you are new to Java.

3) If you have the SCJP6 book you'll have to use some extra study material. There are some new features of Java 7 which are tested in the new exam. Also some objectives have changed so only the SCJP 6 book is not enough.

4) I'm not sure if the certification can get you a job. But IMO the knowledge you'll gain through the exam would increase your chances of clearing an interview...


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koilraj abraham
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Please have a look at https://www.coderanch.com/how-to/java/SCJP-FAQ


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Pranav Muley
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Joined: Apr 24, 2013
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Ankit Garg wrote:

3) If you have the SCJP6 book you'll have to use some extra study material. There are some new features of Java 7 which are tested in the new exam. Also some objectives have changed so only the SCJP 6 book is not enough.


Thank you so much for reply.

Can you recommend study material?
Nancy Avent
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Joined: Feb 23, 2013
Posts: 94
For OCPJP 7, you can rely on the book by Ganesh/Sharma.
Mala Gupta
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Joined: Sep 27, 2002
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Pranav,

I am fresher and I have no experience in Java Programming
I already have Kathy&Bert's SCJP6 (310-065) book

To earn the OCPJP7 certification, number 2 is the best option.

If you do not have any experience of working with Java, I don't recommend starting right away with a certification preparation book. Get a hang of Java programming and concepts using books like 'Head First Java' or 'Thinking in Java'.

As Jeanne mentioned, learing how to program in Java is like learning how to drive. And writing a certification exam is like your driving test. When you learn how to drive, you start with the basics, without caring much about corner cases. But when you appear for the driving test, the test will ensure that apart from knowing the basic driving you know cases like - how to prevent your car from rolling back, if it stops while driving uphill.

Good Luck to you.

With respect,
Mala


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