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6 Steps to preparing for Java Certification

Certifications are a good addition on your resume.  Companies looking for interns look for candidates whose basic concepts are clear. Oracle Java certifications show that you have learned at least the fundamentals of the language and will be able to able to code correctly.

Also, remember that it is not the paper certificate but the things that you learn while achieving the certification that make you stand apart.  So make sure you study well for the certification. Don’t go for dumps. Use legitimate mock exams that accurately reflect the style and standard of real questions.

Benefits of Java Certification

If you are trying to find out the dollar increment in your salary after acquiring Java certification, then you have missed the point altogether. The benefit of Java Certification is that you become better equipped to do your job well and thereby become more productive for your employer. Studying for Java certification, you learn important techniques that you may not have used before. You learn the logic behind a lot the things that you did earlier. This gives you confidence and that translates into better career prospects. Nobody pays for mere degrees and certifications. But Java Certification process provides a structured methodology to acquire useful skills, which is what the employers want.

Generally, Associate and Professional level Java certifications are regarded as proof of knowledge of a Java programming and Expert level Java Certifications are regarded as proof of specific areas of Java technology stack such as EJB, JPA, Web Services, and Servlet/JSP. Thus, to summarize,

  • Java certification places you ahead of the job applicants with no certification for Java related jobs.
  • The Java certification exams test you on Java language fundamentals. Therefore, in job interviews, you are better prepared to answer seemingly tricky and hard questions than other candidates.
  • The skills gained while preparing for a Java certification will makes you more productive on the job.

Here are the steps to become a certified Java professional:

1. Understand the Java Certification versions and their domain

First of all, try to get the most recent version of Java certification. As of now, Java 8 is the most recent version; therefore, start with the Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer certification i.e. OCAJP 8 1z0-808. The exam of this certification is composed of basic Java and object oriented programming questions. You can find detailed information about this certification by visiting the Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer certification site. Oracle has come up with an even more basic level of Java certification called Java Foundations Certified Junior Associate. This certification is for school students. This is a good certification if you are a Java beginner but we recommend going for the OCAJP 8 certification because it is a required certification to acquire other higher level certifications.

The following table shows all the relevant Java certifications that are available as of now (Sep 2018).

Exam Number

Exam

Name

Product

Version

Duration

(minutes)

# of

Questions

Passing

Score

Exam Format

1Z0-808

Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer

SE

150

77

65%

Multiple Choice

1Z0-809

Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer

SE

150

85

65%

Multiple Choice

1Z0-897

Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Web Services Developer

EE

90

55

65%

Multiple Choice

1Z0-807

Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Certified Master

EE

150

60

71%

Multiple Choice

1Z0-865

Java (EE) Enterprise Architect Certified Master Assignment

EE

6 months

NA

Validity

Performance Based

1Z0-866

Java (EE) Enterprise Architect Certified Master Essay

EE

120

NA

Validity

Essay

Table 1 - Exam Summary Table from Oracle Education

Oracle has a habit of changing exam details such as number of questions, pass percentage, and syllabus. So you should always check out the exam details on Oracle official certification page. 


Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer exam requires that the applicant have an Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer certification. This certification demonstrates deeper knowledge of Java development skills using JAVA SE APIs such as Concurrent API, JDBC API and etc.

There are many Oracle Certified Expert certifications on different specific subjects requiring advanced Java certification. For example, to apply for the Oracle Certified Expert, Java EE 6 Web Services Developer certification, one needs to earn the Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer certification first. On the other hand, the Java EE Enterprise Architect certification has a different path; it does not require the Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer certification. The steps for earning the Java EE Enterprise Architect certification are as follows:

  • Complete one of Oracle Academy Java courses
  • Pass Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Certified Master 1Z0-807 exam
  • Pass Java (EE) Enterprise Architect Certified Master Assignment 1Z0-865 exam
  • Pass Java (EE) Enterprise Architect Certified Master Essay 1Z0-866 exam

2. Read Recommended Books

Although Java certifications focus mostly on fundamentals, they do contain topics that are rarely used as well. Therefore, irrespective of how much experience you have, you should go through at least one certification book. Java Certification books make sure you don't miss any important topic that is on the exam.

  • For OCAJP 8 exam, we recommend, "Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8 Programmer Fundamentals" by Hanumant Deshmukh

3. Solve Mock Exams/Sample Tests

The exams contain tricky questions and even if you have a few years of Java development experience, you will trip while answering the exam questions. Therefore, it is better to prepare by solving as many questions similar to those encountered in the exams as possible. Enthuware offers the best mock exam s/w. It is also very reasonably priced. Usually, people score about 5-10% more on the real exam than what they score on Enthuware mock exams.

4. Register and Buy Vouchers

To enter a certification exam you need to register with the Oracle Education System and buy an electronic voucher. One exam voucher is nearly $245. It is valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. In case you fail the exam, one can register again after 14 days to retake it.

Here's the Oracle Education Exam registration link.

5. Locate Exam Place and Time

After registration and buying a voucher, when you're ready to take the exam, you can use the Pearsonvue organization to find a suitable place and time to take the exam. Exams may also be rescheduled if need be prior to the exam date.

6. Check Your Results

Within 30 minutes after taking an exam, you can get your score via email. Therefore, you can learn the outcome of your exam very quickly. After all controls, 3-4 days after, certifications are sent electronically. You can check your eCertificate here.

That's it!