Top 5 OCPJP7 books for 1Z0-804 and 1Z0-805 Exam - Java SE 7 II Certification

You may know that from Java SE 7 onwards, you need to pass two exams to become a certified Java developer e.g. OCAJP and OCPJP. The first one is an associate-level exam and it's rather easy to pass, but the second one OCPJP is a professional level exam and it's much harder than OCAJP. If you are giving the Oracle Java certification then you should know that you need to pass OCAJP before taking the OCPJP exam. This is also the second part of an article about books to prepare Java SE 7 certifications. In the first part, I have shared the best books for OCAJP7 and in this part, I am going to share the best books for the OCPJP7 exam.

You might know that there are two professional level exam, 1Z0-804, and 1Z0-805, the first one is known as OCPJP7 while the second one is known as an upgrade to Java SE 7 certification, which you can give to become certified Java SE 7 developer if you already passed SCJP 5 or OCJP 6 exam.

The books recommended in this article is applicable to both OCJPJP7 (1Z0-804) and upgrade to Java SE 7 (1Z0-805) exams.

Choosing the right book to start with your preparation for OCPJP7 is very important for your success. As I mentioned before, there are three key steps to clear the Java SE 7 exam, the first one is choosing the right book, the second one is daily writing Java program to understand concepts, and the third one is doing mock exams like Enthuware or Whizlabs OCAJP7 exam simulator.

If you don these three steps properly, you will most likely receive a good score, something in the range of 90 to 100%. Don't go for a memory dump because they are not worthy of the effort. One objective of taking Oracle Java certification is to learn more about Java and increase your experience, dump just ruin that part. Anyway, let's see some good books to prepare for the OCAJP7 exam.

Best OCAJP7 Books for Java SE 7 Certifications

Here are some of the best books to prepare for the OCAJP7 exam also known as Java SE 7 Programmer II certification or 1Z0-804 exam. As I told you before, the books shared here are good for both OCAJP7 i.e. exam code 1Z0-804 and Java SE 7 upgrade exam with code 1Z0-805. So, if you are a certified Java developer and want to upgrade to Java SE 7, then also you can refer these books to start your preparation.

1. OCP Java SE 7 Programmer II Certification Guide by Mala Gupta

I am a big fan of Kathy Sierra books, having read their Java certification guide from Java 1.4 to Java 1.7, but I must say this Mala Gupta book is currently the best book to prepare for the OCPJP7 (1Z0-804) exam. If you remember, Mala Gupta is also the author of the OCA Java SE 7 Programmer I Certification Guide, which is also one of the best books for OCAJP7.

She also holds the OCPJP certification so you are assured of the first-hand experience. This book provides 100% coverage of the OCPJP7 exam objectives (1Z0-804), also known as Java SE 7 Programmer II certification.

The book is full of flowcharts and UML diagrams and focuses on hands-on coding exercises, which is very important to understand the subtility of different Java concepts. It also comes with a bonus online chapter containing mock exams, similar to the Whizlabs OCPJP7 exams.

Best OCPJP7 books

2. A Comprehensive OCPJP 7 Certification Guide by S G Ganesh, Tushar Sharma

This is another good book to prepare for both OCPJP7 exams (1Z0-804) and Java SE 7 upgrade exam (1Z0-805). The book has got a really long name like Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 7 Programmer Exams 1Z0-804 and 1Z0-805: A Comprehensive OCPJP 7 Certification Guide: An Expert Voice in Java, but it's popularly known as OCPJP guide by S.G. Ganesh and Tushar Sharma. The book is completely focused on OCPJP7 and covers exam objectives in good detail.

It also contains 2 mock tests to give you a sense of a real exam. It also comes with an instant refresher that summarizes the most important concepts for quick revision before you go for the exam.

Best books for Java SE 7 Programmer II exam 1Z0-804

3. OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide by Kathy Sierra

This is the Kathy Sierra book for OCPJP7 certification which you might be looking for. No doubt its a great book and covers both OCAJP7 and OCPJP7 exam objectives. The electronic version contains not just the PDF copy of the book but also contains 500+ practice exam questions and a test engine that provides practice exams and customized quizzes for different exam objectives.

The book also contains some bonus content for Java 5, Java 6, and OCP 6 Upgrade exams, which makes it suitable for all three Java SE 7 certification exams like 1Z0-803, 1Z0-804, and 1Z0-805 exam.

Books for Java SE 7 Upgrade exams 1Z0-805

4. Java Practice Questions: Oracle Certified Professional by Esteban Herrera

This book contains 120 practice questions for OCPJP7 exam IZ0-804, Oracle Certified Professional Java SE 7 Programmer (OCPJP). You can use this book in conjunction with Enthuware and Whizlabs Exam simulators. It will Strengthen your knowledge of the eight topics covered by the exam.

It contains 10 questions from each exam topic, there is a total of 12 topics hence 120 questions. To be honest, 120 questions are seriously not enough, compare that to 500+ questions from Enthuware but each question is well thought out and tries to point out the tricky part, which you will see in the real exam. In short, a good companion book along with any of the above study guide for OCPJP7.

Best book for Java SE 7 Practice Questions

Important links for OCPJP7 Certification

Here are some of the useful links for more information and resources on OCAJP7 (Java SE 7 Programmer II certification) with exam code 1Z0-804 and Java SE 7 Upgrade exam 1Z0-805. This link contains exam objectives like all topics and also provides some sample questions to prepare the OCPJP7 exam.

I'll keep including useful resources on these links like books, Java SE 7 mock exams, Java SE 7 practice tests, and OCPJP study notes, which can bookmark this article and keep checking it later.

That's all about some of the best books to prepare for the OCPJP 7 (1Z0-804)  exam, also known as Java SE 7 Programmer II certification. The books are also helpful for an upgrade to Java SE 7 exam 1Z0-805, which you can pursue if you already hold a Java Sun certification e.g. SCJP 5 or OCJP6. If you don't have any prior Java certification then you need to first pass the OCAJP7 exam with code 1Z0-804 before taking this exam.

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