Beta Soon Closing: Java SE 7 Programmer I (OCA) Exam

Just a reminder that you still have the next several weeks to take the beta exam for the new "Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer" certification. From now through December 16th, you can take the "Java SE 7 Programmer I" exam (1Z1-803) for only $50 USD. Not only that, but because this only a single-exam certification - passing it puts you among the very first certified on the new Java SE 7 platform!

You'll be happy to note that we worked hard to raise the bar for OCA as we built the Java SE 7 certification. The content that we considered to be more ‘conceptual knowledge-based' has been eliminated in the OCA level and has been replaced with far more practical content - what we often call "practitioner-level" concepts and questions. In fact, some of the topics that we previously covered at the Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) level is now covered at the OCA level. Doing this not only increases the value of the Java SE 7 OCA certification, but also has provided the opportunity for us to broaden the topics, concepts, questions covered at the OCP certification level. All of this adds up to more value and credibility to those who get certified on Java SE 7.

The OCA exam doesn’t have prerequisites. But it is very important that you carefully review the test objectives on the exam page and assess your current skills and knowledge against that list to be sure that you're ready. From the exam page you can register to take the exam at a Pearson VUE testing center near you.

Below are some helpful details on the certification track and exam. Again, register now - just a few weeks left at the special low beta price!



Will there be a difference in the contents of the success kit received after the successful completion of the Beta exam vs the completion of Production exam?

Posted by guest on December 06, 2011 at 05:35 PM PST #

Candidates who pass the beta exams receive the same recognition (certification and success kit) as candidates who pass production exams. The main difference is when they actually receive the kits. Beta exam candidates will not receive an exam score right away. Beta scores will be provided approximately 11 weeks after the close of the beta exam. The reason for this is that we only score beta candidates on the questions that are chosen for the production exam. So both sets of candidates are scored on the same questions.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by brandye barrington on December 06, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST #

What books do you recommend as a study guide for me to pass this exam?

Posted by Michael on December 07, 2011 at 03:15 AM PST #

Hi Michael,
I don't know if any books have been released yet on SE 7. You can pose this question to the field on our Certification Forum You can also find recommended training listed on the exam details page referenced in the post above.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by brandye barrington on December 08, 2011 at 01:57 AM PST #

When is the OCP beta exam for Java 7 SE expected to open for registration? The website still says "later this year" but we're running out of year.

Posted by Mark on December 10, 2011 at 04:11 PM PST #

Is the Java SE 7 beta upgrade exam(1Z1-805) also closing on 16 of December?

Posted by guest on December 10, 2011 at 08:57 PM PST #

Hi Mark,
Unfortunately, I don't have any upated info on the 804 exam. That date may be pushed out til early Jan. I'll check and ensure the website gets updated.

@Guest - 805 beta exam has been extended to January 7.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on December 12, 2011 at 04:01 AM PST #

Is the 1Z1-805 still available? I cannot find any test centers near me that have it available to take. :(

Posted by Abraham Tehrani on December 19, 2011 at 04:12 AM PST #

It seems 805 Extended till 7th Jan based on this link.

But pearson VUE won't allow you to register or even reschedule . I scheduled for 21st Dec 2011 and I need to postpone by few day . I could not able to do it. Talked to pearsonvue reps so they opened a ticket.

Just wondering if 805 is still open till Jan 7 2012 or closed from Oracle side?


Posted by guest on December 19, 2011 at 09:50 AM PST #

I am able to register for this exam until January 7. Has this issue been sorted out, or is it still an issue? In the mean time, I'll connect with our account manager at Pearson VUE to see if there is a problem with scheduling in some countries.

With the Christmas holiday just around the corner, these comments may not be monitored as closely as usual, so please do not use this site as a customer service site. Please contact Oracle Certification Support for any certification issues you may have - especially if you do not receive a response from this site within about 48 hours.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by brandye barrington on December 20, 2011 at 06:06 AM PST #

The Pearson VUE site won't let me schedule an exam until mid-February. Is this correct??

Posted by guest on December 29, 2011 at 01:56 PM PST #

This exam is currently in post-beta review, so the production exam is not yet available. Pre-registration is now open for the production exam. Exam appointments are being taken now, for exam dates in the future. We expect the test will be released a little earlier than mid-Feb, but exam appointments are currently being scheduled for mid-Feb to allow ample time for the review of the beta exam results and feedback. So, the short answer to your question is - yes, this is correct. Good luck on your exam!

Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on January 03, 2012 at 02:07 AM PST #

Please provide details of exam 1Z0-803 topics. I'm trying to prepare for it but topics are not clear enough to know what to study for.


Posted by guest on January 08, 2012 at 05:15 AM PST #

Exam topics for the 803 exam are posted on the exam page at

Brandye Barrington

Posted by guest on January 11, 2012 at 05:17 AM PST #

I've taken the beta version of Java SE 7 Programmer I (OCA) exam on 16 Dec 2011. When can I expect to know the result of the exam?

Posted by guest on February 25, 2012 at 01:49 AM PST #

Score reports for this exam should be available today. You can check on>Print Score Report to confirm if the beta scores are available yet. If so, you can expect to receive your certificate in the mail within 6-8 weeks.

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on February 27, 2012 at 09:51 AM PST #

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