Newbie planning for Java Certification

Tips for Java certification

If you are a newbie Java developer and are looking for information on how to start preparing for Java certification this article is for you. Most likely you have some knowledge and/or experience in Java programming but you do not have any certification currently.

Not to worry. Here is how you should start.

First, you need to check the status of your current knowledge. Go through the official exam objectives and see if you feel comfortable with the topics listed. If you feel completely lost, then you need to step back and go through a good Java beginners book such as Java Beginners Guide by Herbert Schildt.

Once you learn the basics of Java, you can take a mock exam (there are several available but we recommend taking the Foundation Exam from Enthuware Mock exams) and see if you have really learned the basics. A good score on this test means that you are now ready for the next step.

You should now grab a certification study guide such as OCP Java 11 Part 1 Fundamentals by Hanumant Deshmukh and go through each chapter. Writing code is very important while preparing for the exam. This book includes short coding exercies at the end of each chapter. You should do those using Notepad++ and command line. Avoid using IDEs such as Netbeans and Eclipse at this stage of your preparation.

The final step is to practice using mock exams. Enthuware mock exams give you a real feel of the actual exam. The real exam is quite expensive (about 240$) while the set of 7 mock exams from Enthuware cost only $10. It is better to spend money on the mock exams and make sure that you will not fail the real exam. Most students get 10% more on the real exam than what they get on Enthuware mock exams.

Enthuware mock exams contain detailed explanations. After taking a mock test, make sure you go through explanation for every question. Even for the ones that you answered correct.

Do not repeat a mock test because you score will be very high on a subsequent attempt but that's just because you remember the answers from the previous attempt. There are enough mock exams in Enthuware simulator. So, don't worry about using them up. Just remember to analyse your performance after each test and if you score too less on a topic, go through that topic from a book before taking the next test.

If you are able to pass an Enthuware standard test in first attempt, you can be certain that you are ready for the real exam.