I want opinions on this: Currently I am studying to take the OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I 1Z0-808 exam. Is Oracle's OCA training class (Java SE 8 Fundamentals - https://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=609&get_params=dc:D83527,clang:EN) worth the cost and time? I am studying the OCA SE 8 Programmer I book by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff as well as watching videos online, and coding, coding, coding. I want to make sure that I am preparing the best way possible, and using resources that are beneficial, without wasting money and time. Can someone who has completed Oracle's training give their opinion as well as any preparation advice?
While the class will definitely prepare you for the exam, so will our study guide. So unless you are struggling to understand the study guide and want in person training, I think it isn't a good use of money to pay for the course.
You are going to have to write a lot of code regardless - whether you do so on your own or in the course.
Most people use a certification study guide and some mock exams to prepare for the certification exam. Very few people follow an Oracle University course during their preparation, mainly because it's really expensive.
It seems you and I are in the same boat, so to speak. i am also doing the same OU course and I have the 1ZO-808 exam booked in December too. How are you finding the OU course? Yes, the course is very expensive and I wondered if anyone else on here was willing to give feedback? I really want to give my feedback on it anyway. Personally, for the price, I expect more really. I don't like how you only get the content for 90 days and six days only of lab machine access. It can't work using training on-demand as I am (Jeanne, I couldn't afford the actual classroom training) so I use my own machine and NetBeans instead of the lab machines to do the exercises.
Anyway, before I hijack this topic, to answer your question I am studying the same OU course as you, along with the following:
Reading 'Java: A Beginners' Guide Seventh Edition'.
Read 'Beginning Programming with Java' (Dummies book - latest edition)
Read 'Java for Dummies' (Dummies book - latest edition)
Finished various courses on Udemy.
Reading 'Learn Java In One Day And Learn it Well.'
Still to read:
Jeanne's OCA book (I wanted to read that first but it suggests to read the Dummies book first and come back - so I did that).
At my work I am currently spending 24/7 in NetBeans doing Java exercises and following along to 'Java: A beginner's guide' right now. At weekends I do the OU course. I have no idea if I will pass my exam or not to be honest. This is the first time I am taking programming seriously.
Good luck though, Angelina! Let us know how you get on.
If you already have a degree in computer science or software engineering, then it is a waster of money, else if you don't then it would be useful and probably necessary. I personally have a degree in CS and, therefore, have a good solid foundation of Java and programming fundamentals. When i looked at what was covered in the course, i laughed. I think it is insane that they would charge so much for it. Having said that, if you are a beginner and have the money, then you would benefit appreciably more so.