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Many moons ago I passed the SCJP 1.5 exam. I'm told I can skip the full OCP Java 8 exam and just to the Java 8 Upgrade exam 1Z0-813.

The aim of me doing this exam is to teach me Java 8. I have no personal or commercial experience in it. Is the Upgrade exam a good way of teaching me Java 8?

If so, is there a book I can buy? I see that the OCP 8 book is not out until January 2016.
 
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David,
Yes. Studying for that exam will get you to understand Java 8 real well! It's not a cert book, but I recommend Java 8 for the Really Impatient. And my book which is the one that comes out in January . On a more serious note, this exam is really hard to pass without a cert study guide. It also takes more than two months to study for. There's a lot of detail. Which means you are still going to be studying when my book prints.

Also note that you are going to need to learn the Java 7 features as well - syntax and libraries. Do you have any experience with Java 7? If not, I recommend the Java 7 New Features Cookbook.
 
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Thanks for your reply.

No, I have no experience of Java 7 either.

Can you tell me the difference between the OCA and OCP exam? Am I foolish taking on the OCP exam without having written an LOC in Java 8?
 
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David,
The OCA is a pre-req for the OCP. It contains less and easier content.

It's fine to start studying for the OCA/OCP 8 without having written any Java 8 code. You'll have written plenty by the time you take the exam!
 
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If I have the SCJP 5 exam already passed, do I still have to start with the OCA before going to OCP?
 
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No, there is an upgrade exam 1Z0-813 for those who hold Java 6 or older certifications. This grants the same OCP 8 title as the full exam. Our new OCP 8 book includes a dedicated appendix just for those taking this upgrade exam. Of course, you need to read the rest of the book to prepare as well.
 
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Thanks a lot.
 
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