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2016 java8-cert-intro

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An overview of the Java OCA/OCP certifications with an emphasis on the major steps for how to study. Most of the content applies to any exam you could take. The examples are Java.

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2016 java8-cert-intro

  1. 1. How to Study for the Java 8 Certification Exams slideshare.net/boyarsky Twitter @jeanneboyarsky Blog: http://www.selikoff.net Moderator on forums at: http://www.coderanch.com Jeanne Boyarsky
  2. 2. A trip down “memory lane”
  3. 3. SCJP Single exam
  4. 4. 9/10: Sun  Oracle SCJA 5/6 SCJP 5/6 OCJA 5/6 OCJP 5/6 New acronyms!
  5. 5. 2/12: More exams OCA 7 OCP 7 More to learn! OCJP 6
  6. 6. 1/15: Java 8 exam OCA 7 OCP 7 Removed and new content OCA 8 OCP 8
  7. 7. 3/16: Java 5 exams retired About time! OCJA 5 OCJP 5
  8. 8. Three paths to OCP 8 OCA 7 OCA 8 I’ll start with the OCA 8 OCP 7 OCP 8 * OCJP 6 or earlier
  9. 9. Pause for Commercial
  10. 10. Step 1: Create a Study Plan Buy book Magic Pass Test
  11. 11. Step 1: Create a Study Plan Study 15 minutes a day no matter what. No losing momentum!
  12. 12. Step 2: Read a Study Guide
  13. 13. Step 2: Read a Study Guide Lots of info to digest Lots of edge cases Not everything overlaps what you actually use in your job
  14. 14. Step 3: Code!
  15. 15. Step 3: Code! How do I know what to code? Exercise time! Let’s do some together
  16. 16. Step 4: Review questions Answer? Why? How are they trying to trick you?
  17. 17. Step 4: Review questions Didn’t we just see this question? Nope!
  18. 18. Step 4: Review questions Really, didn’t we just see this question? Ok we did. Easier this time?
  19. 19. Step 5: Flashcards What are the eight primitive types?
  20. 20. Step 5: Flashcards Make your own too Think of key points Demo of Anki – spaced repetition
  21. 21. Step 6: Practice exams
  22. 22. Step 6: Practice exams
  23. 23. Step 6: Practice exams Do NOT take another practice exam immediately if you are not happy with your score. There are only so many out there and you can waste your “first exposure” attempts.
  24. 24. Step 6: Practice exams Practice exams are typically harder than the real thing
  25. 25. More Resources • Includes links to mock exams • http://www.coderanch.com/t/659981/Wiki/Ocaj p-Faq • http://www.coderanch.com/t/659977/Wiki/Ocpj p-Faq • Oracle cert list • http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq- dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=651
  26. 26. Questions? Wait? Robots can’t take the test? Someone should have told me!

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