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OCEJPAD exam prepration

 
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Hello All,

I hope I am not repeating this question again on this forum

I would like to take OCEJPAD exam. I have to take the exam within two months time-frame.

I have below questions -

1. Is only 2 months preparation is sufficient for this exam considering the fact that I have only conceptual knowledge of ORM and do not have any hands on experience with JPA or Hibernate ?
2. Studying Pro JPA 2: mastering the Java Persistence API and Enthuware mock exam are sufficient study material to take on the exam?

I am more interested in the 2 months time-frame for preparation. Is is realistic?

Thanks,
 
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Welcome to Coderanch!

Is only 2 months preparation is sufficient for this exam considering the fact that I have only conceptual knowledge of ORM and do not have any hands on experience with JPA or Hibernate ?


This is of course very personal. Some people can do it in two months others can't. The basic thing you have to ask yourself is: can I learn a new topic thoroughly in two months or will I end up cramming things I will forget in one week after the exam. Certification, in my opinion, is about learning new things. Not about the certificate itself, that doesn't have any value (well, it is nice on your resume). I know a lot of great developers without any certificate, and a lot of poor developers with a lot of certificates.

Studying Pro JPA 2: mastering the Java Persistence API and Enthuware mock exam are sufficient study material to take on the exam?


Yes, from what I have read here on the forum. You might want to use the search facility on the Certification Results forum or on this forum. You can easily find what others used during their preparation.
 
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This is of course very personal. Some people can do it in two months others can't. The basic thing you have to ask yourself is: can I learn a new topic thoroughly in two months or will I end up cramming things I will forget in one week after the exam. Certification, in my opinion, is about learning new things. Not about the certificate itself, that doesn't have any value (well, it is nice on your resume). I know a lot of great developers without any certificate, and a lot of poor developers with a lot of certificates.


Very nicely explained .... If I would have a moderator, I would have given you one new shiny cow

I know a lot of great developers without any certificate, and a lot of poor developers with a lot of certificates.


I agree...
 
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Today I passed OCE-JPAD with 94%. I'd like to answer the questions posted in this thread based on my experience.

Is only 2 months preparation sufficient for this exam considering the fact that I have only conceptual knowledge of ORM and do not have any hands on experience with JPA or Hibernate ?


I also have not been practicing for a long time or using ORM in any of my recent software projects, but had a good opportunity to work on Hibernate (though that was 4 years ago). Personally, I'd say that 2 months should be enough so long that you are able to keep your focus. Try not to lose a day or a week w/o reading (or practicing coding if necessary). I kept written notes and that helped me personally to easily remember the concepts. I started studying mid-May and took the certification today.

Certification, in my opinion, is about learning new things

I have to agree with Frits on this. My primary motivation for taking certifications is to introduce myself to a technology that I want to learn and know by heart.

Studying Pro JPA 2: mastering the Java Persistence API and Enthuware mock exam are sufficient study material to take on the exam?


Yes, Pro JPA 2 book would be a very good start. (There is a second edition of this book where it has additional topics on JPA 2.1 version but you won't need them in the exam. Java EE 6 JPA covers only 2.0) Additionally, I would also suggest reading on the JPA 2.0 specs - JSR 317. And yes, Enthuware products proves to be the best available mock exams for Java.
 
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