I've returned to the Java Ranch after about 14 years since I completed my SCJP2 exam in year 2000.
For so many years I wanted to do my JEA exams but other priorities didn't allow and finally I have decided to go for it.
I've gone through many posts already and the OCMJEA FAQ and still I'm having few questions un-answered. Appreciate if someone can shed a light on them.
1) I understood that we need to go through official Oracle training to get qualify for the exam. Again I've seen many candidates have taken the exams first and then opted to go for the official training. Is this approach recommended ? (Link for any discussion regarding this subject would be appreciated)
2) OCMJEA FAQ area is having some invalid links and wrong information and is there any place that I can find the up-to-date information ?
If we can publish the correct links to buy the exam vouchers that would be helpful. Also I understood there would be some discounted/offers providing by Oracle and if we can highlight them that would be nice.
There is no hard and fast rule about when you can take your course. You can take at the beginning, in middle or at the end of your SCEA. I have taken the course after I am done with exam/assignment and essay. As Jeanne suggested if you feel there is some course that might help with this certification then you can go ahead with that course. Let me give you a headsup that SCEA is not about coding so don't expect courses related to programming to help you with exam. Any courses related to software architecture should help you.