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Preparing for Java 8 Certification

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Preparing for Java 8 Certification

With Java 9 just launched, it's as good a time as any to get yourself certified for Java 8 before diving into the latest version.

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If you are confident that your Java 8 skills are pretty good, then your next move is to get certified. Why? Well, certification is proof that you know what you’re doing. It makes you more desirable to employers and has the added benefit of giving you personal satisfaction and confidence in your own Java 8 expertise. 

Java certification is a highly desirable skill for software development roles. You’ll find Java 8 certification comes up a lot when you’re trawling those job boards. It goes without saying, then, that having Java certification puts you head and shoulders above other applicants for roles that require Java.

In job interviews, you’re likely to be hit with some tricky questions about your knowledge. Having that Java certification in place is what’s going to help you answer with confidence. Of course, once you’ve got that job, what you have learned from that Java certification exam will give you the tools to create better quality software.

With all this in mind, it’s clear that solidifying your knowledge of Java by getting officially certified is a smart idea.

How Long Will it Take Me to Get Qualified?

This depends very much on how much you already know. Assuming you’re coming from zero knowledge, then we recommend taking at least six months of learning Java 8 from scratch, not just from the training manuals, but from hands-on practical experience. Whilst book-smarts are all very well and good, they won’t get you far in a real-life setting. Think beyond the exam to how proficiently you’ll be able to use Java in a working role. It is also recommended that regardless of how much you had previously learned, you should consider yourself new for the certification if there has been a passage of time long enough to affect what you already know.

That being said, if you’re at the point where you are considering certification, then the chances are you already have experience. However, no matter how experienced you are, it is crucial that you study thoroughly. If you have two years’ experience in Java programming, we’d recommend setting aside a couple of months for study time, depending on how long you have free to study around your
day job.

Be aware that around 30 to 40% of those who take the OCA Java SE 8 Certification Exam fail. A large proportion of these is down to lack of adequate study. In short, it’s harder than you think. As with all tests, it’s better to assume you know less than you do than be over-confident.

So how do you go about becoming a certified Java professional?

Plan Your Path

It may seem pretty obvious, but make sure that the Java certification exam is for the latest version. After all, there’s no point having an outdated
qualification!

You’ll need to start your journey by earning a Java SE 8 Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) certification. This is the foundation stage that will help build and solidify your understanding of Java and expanding on your programming knowledge
in general.

Once you’ve achieved the Associate level, it’s time to move on to the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) certification. This second level is what will set you apart as an advanced practitioner.

An Oracle Certified Professional can then go on to take the Oracle Certified Master (OCM) certification, followed by Oracle Certified Expert. From here, you can advance to specialist’, the highest level. Obviously, with each subsequent certification you achieve, you’ll find yourself commanding a higher salary and level of seniority in your job role.

There are other paths you can follow, however, that take a different route amounting to the same level of expertise. Nonetheless, the above is the most widely-known and straightforward.

Study Books

As with anything in life, the best thing you can do to further your knowledge and gain that competitive edge is to read. Nothing improves and deepens your understanding quite like reading, and with Java, it is no different.

To prepare for your Java certification exams, we recommend the wide range of titles on Amazon aimed specifically for those studying for these certifications. Again, ensure that you choose the most up-to-date guides, as outdated knowledge is as bad as no knowledge at all.

Be Proactive

Things have changed since Java 7, so don’t rest on your laurels thinking that, just because you knew 7 inside out, then Java 8 is pretty much the same. Unless you kept your expertise current, you’re going to find your skills become obsolete very quickly. Equally, if you’ve done a previous certification at some point, make sure you know what’s new.

Practice

Remember when you were in high school and your teacher had you do loads of practice papers before your final exams? Well, guess what, that was a good idea!

There are loads of sample tests you can take online. Check out MyExamCloud Java CertificationPractice Tests, which has a wide range of mock exams and study guides you can use in your revision.

Buy Your E-Voucher

Once you’re certain you’re going ahead with your Java certification exams, it’s time to register with the Oracle Education System. To enter the exam, you need to buy a voucher. Once you’ve paid, you’ve got six months to take your exam.

What if you fail? Well, if that happens, you can register again after 14 days and start over.

Plan Your Exam Day

Okay, so you’ve bought your voucher, and you’re nearly ready to take your Java certification exam. You now need to narrow down the location where you’re going to take it. You can find a test center near you on the Pearson VUE website.

Take That Test and Get Your Results!

Congratulations — you’ve taken the test and the tough part is out of the way! You’ll receive your results by email just thirty minutes or so afterwards. This will be a massive relief for those of you who get anxious waiting to find out how they did. After this, it takes about three to four days for all the controls to be completed, and then your certification will be sent to you electronically.

So, there you go. Seven straightforward steps to getting Java certified! Getting started is always the hardest part, but once you’ve got that certification, you’ll be so pleased you did. You can now go boldly into your software development career equipped with the tools you need to succeed. Best of luck to you

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