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How To Prepare for OCAJP 7 Certification Exam

06.05.2013
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When will you start your preparation for OCAJP 7 exams, it is sometimes confusing to know where to begin and what to study. I hope that this article will overcome your confusion.

Certification Basics

This certification is the basic level exam for Java SE 7, It is the prior exam for OCPJP 7 Certification. This certification provides the knowledge required to write a Java code. You need to complete Java SE 7 Programmer I Exam to qualify as an OCAJ 7 certified professional. When will you finish this exam you will be familiar with Java data types, strings, arrays, loop constructs, methods and encapsulation, inheritance and exceptions.

Exam Details

  • Exam Number : 1Z0-803
  • Associated Certifications : Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer
  • Duration : 140 minutes
  • Number of Questions : 90
  • Passing Score : 77%
  • Format : Multiple Choice

More about exam details and exam objectives browse Oracle site or OCPJP 7 Preparation Article.

OCAJP 7 Preparation

This certification is not replacement of old OCA exam and it mimics some of the topics in old SCJP. So people already prepared for SCJP can easily clear this exam.

OCAJP 7 Certification exams are not difficult to prepare when compared to OCPJP 7. One way to study for the OCAJP 7 is to find a Good Java Certification Exam Learning Material. If the material includes both study guide and practice tests then that it will really simplify your preparation all the way without referring vast materials.

Prepare with Self Study Guide Software Simulators

The candidates may prepare themselves for exams with the help of OCAJP 7 Certification Training Lab, the most comprehensive single tool for Java Certification exam preparation. This Training Lab contains both sample mock tests and OCAJP 7 Exam Certification Guides. OCAJP 7 Certification Training Lab software guide explains the basics before getting too deep. So to prepare for the exam via self-study, it covers the 100% of exam topics.

Prepare with Books

Peoples still loves to study paper books instead of looking electronics monitor. There are many books available on Amazon for this exam in both paper and kindle formats. The following books are useful for this certification.

OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Study Guide (Exam 1Z0-803) (Oracle Press) by Edward Finegan and Robert Liguori

Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 7 Programmer Exams 1Z0-804 and 1Z0-805: A Comprehensive OCPJP 7 Certification

OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide (Exams 1Z0-803 & 1Z0-804) (Certification Press) (Not yet released)

Prepare by practical programming

The latest Java Certificates are more practical oriented questions instead of theoretical knowledge questions. So you can expect lots of questions with Java code to answer why the particular code will compile or throw error. To improve this knowledge do some Java classes for the following areas:

  1. Abstract Class
  2. Interface and Implementations
  3. Super Class and Sub class with polymorphism methods
  4. Class with constructors and methods
  5. Pass by value vs. Pass by reference examples
  6. One dimensional arrays
  7. Multi dimensional arrays
  8. ArrayList examples
  9. Exception handling examples
  10. Switch statements (remember to prepare based on Java SE 7 since it supports String too)
  11. if/else statements
  12. while loop
  13. do/while loop
  14. for and enhanced for loop

I might be missed some areas in the above list, do programming for all exam objectives mentioned in Oracle’s site and improve your confidence.

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