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What are the good books for preparing OCAJP 8 exam?

There is a lot of misinformation about the OCAJP exam. Here is the reality - Oracle has split the Java Professional certification into two exams - Associate level and Professional level. To be Oracle Certified Java Professional, you need to first clear the Associate level exam (known as OCAJP) and then the Professional Level exam (known as OCPJP). If you already have Java Professional Programmer certification for Java version 6 or 7, you can take an upgrade exam to acquire OCPJP 8.

OCAJP and OCPJP exams are important because one needs to be an Oracle Certified Professional Java Programmer to be eligible for becoming Oracle Certified Expert on various Java technologies such as Servlet/JSP, JPA, EJB, and Web Services.

There used to be an entry level exam called the Sun Certified Java Associate (SCJA), which has been replaced with Java Foundations Certified Junior Associate exam. This exam is for school and college students, who have just started to learn Java. This exam does not make you eligible for any other exam and so is not as critical as the OCAJP exam.

It is important to buy a good book for studying the exam topics before you choose to purchase any good mock exam simulators such as Enthuware. There are several books for this exam and we will list them all below. However, the one by Hanumant Deshmukh titled OCAJP Associate Java 8 Programmer Certification Fundamentals: 1Z0-808 is particularly good because it focuses on clearing a lot of misunderstandings related to Java basics. Other books tend to skimp on the basics.

Here are other books for OCAJP 8 exam:

Book(s) for OCAJP 1Z0-808