I'd like to ask some specific questions about de OCPJP7 (1Z0-804, and i know that i'm forced to do the OCPJA test first (1Z0-803)), hope you can help me with them, i'll try to be clear with my profile and intentions.
I have already a college degree in Computer Science, and also some experience (a few years) working as J2EE Developer in a software company (also consider myself more or less a fast learner). Besides books, i'll use whizlabs or enthuware for both tests. I'm also planning to do the OCMJEA in the future, but i suposse that doesn't matter right now.
Being said all this, i will sum up with three questions:
The Main one:
- Is reasonable to prepare both tests (803 and 804) with the same book? Which one is best if affirmative? (considering that i'm also going to do the paid mocks, and that i experience in J2EE)
- Enthuware or whizlabs?
- How much time do you think is needed for preparing both exams? (considering all said before)
In my case, right now money is not a problem, but time IS a problem, so i'll prefer the most efficent options, especially avoiding to study overlapping topics and that kind of thing.
Thank you and congratulations for such a great community!!
Preparing for both OCA and OCP is a good idea. Although, both exams are very different level of exams. OCA is much easier to crack (cover fundamentals) while OCP require much more preparation with rigor. You can use the book by Ganesh/Sharma for your OCPJP 7 preparation. It is reasonably good book; it has many examples that will help you understand the concepts. Given the complexity and depth of the OCP exam you may use multiple sources for your preparation. For OCA you may use some other book; however, since you have good experience in Java it could be a smooth sail for you.