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OCP6 -> 17 ? Or stop by at 11

 
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Hi Scott & Jeanne

I passed the OCP6 back in 2012, and have mostly been working with 8 since it was released, I've not touched any Java beyond 8.

Is it worth taking the upgrade exams to get to 11, then take on 17 afterwards, is there any benefit to this?

I see there is no upgrade path to 17, so everyone does the same exam now, just curious if the 17 exam would be easier if you'd already have passed the 11.

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https://coderanch.com/t/751562/certification/Study-guide-Java
 
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I personally would take whichever is most recent exam. Given that you passed your first cert back in 2012, you'd be outdated significantly anyway. So treat Java 17 cert as your first cert.

Imagine it is your first cert, you wouldn't take 11 first, in order to have easier experience with 17. No. You'd take 17 right away - and I think that's an answer.
 
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I would amend that with "take the most recent exam you have study materials for."  So if you already have a Java 11 book, take 11. Else take 17
 
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