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I am currently preparing for OCP 11 using the Sybex guide.
I got a bit confused when studying Chapter 1. There are some things discussed in this chapter that I don't see mentioned in the Exam Essentials sum-up at the end. Some of them do appear in the review questions though.
The topics are command line things and things concerning JDK, JVM, and API beyond their basic definitions. Should I study these topics for the exam or not? In general, is it only things outlined in Exam Essentials that I should focus on or should I study everything in the book unless it's explicitly stated that it's out of scope?
Note they enumerate the objectives under "Review exam topics".
Now, that said, they're pretty vague at best allowing all kinds of things to possibly show up. And while there's a bunch of practical experience in the field over what has, and what has not been seen, they're within their rights to (indeed they "should") add new questions from time to time.
So, take all the advice you can get, and try to learn the topic, not the answers. If you understand, you can work out a decent response to a question on a topic that's not 100% familiar, if you merely learn, maybe not so much.
Sorry, that's less help than perhaps you wanted...
Alex Kowal wrote:Should I study these topics for the exam or not? In general, is it only things outlined in Exam Essentials that I should focus on or should I study everything in the book unless it's explicitly stated that it's out of scope?
Yes, everything not stated as in scope is what you need to learn. Exam essentials are a summary of some of the important things. They can't repeat the whole chapter.