The Route You Choose

The Path You ChooseStaying on the right path while preparing for your certification

We receive a lot of questions related to legitimate vs. illegitimate forms of studying. Because we’ve gotten so many questions lately I thought that I would comment on this topic.

First, here is an overview of a suggested method of study and a few details along with it:

  • Review the certification requirements on the Oracle Certification website
  • For each exam, review the exam objectives on the Oracle Certification website
  • Perform a gap analysis of your knowledge/experience/skills versus the exam objectives (for each exam).
  • Create a study plan the that will help you close the gaps that you identified.

Utilize study methods that work for you. We suggest that these might include:

  • Practice – use the real product in a non-production environment
  • Training – take an Oracle University course or attend an OU seminar
  • ReadOracle Press and many other publishers have exam and/or topic-related books available
  • Flash Cards – If you create flash cards with key points on them, you will learn both while you create them and while you review them
  • Practice Exams – look for legitimately available practice exams or sample questions

Things you should not use to study as they violate your certification candidate agreement:

  • Asking a friend who has taken the test to tell you what is on it
  • Accessing practice exam sites that claim to have real test questions
  • Take the test just “find out what’s on it’
  • Accessing user group “brain dump” sites
  • Discussing real exam questions in forums

Quite honestly - when someone follows the legitimate process to practice, study and become certified they benefit much more than someone who sidesteps the process by cheating (using illegitimate methods). Someone who cheats not only cheats others but also themselves.

I’m interested in comments you might have.

Paul Sorensen

Paul Sorensen,
Director, Oracle Certification



Where is the Oracle Certification website? the link in this blog goes to

Posted by Grant Erickson on August 04, 2009 at 11:11 PM PDT #

Hi Grant - that is just a shortened URL that should just redirect you to this full URL: Cheers, —Harold

Posted by Harold Green on August 04, 2009 at 11:47 PM PDT #

Hi Paul, I am attending the Oracle Workforce Dev programs listed course in New York University SCPS -Certificate course in Oracle Database Administration.This certificate course has 3 courses under it 1st Introduction to SQL 2nd Oracle database Admin I and 3rd Oracle database Admin II in NYU SCPS.I want to go for OCP certification for DBA which requires an instructor led training.If I attend any one of the available couses from oracle university,it satisfies the requirement of instructor led course,but I want to know that doing such a course from Oracle WDP centres would only one of the above three courses would fulfill the requirement or do I need to attend all the three courses. If ask the NYU instructors they say,Oracle knows that.So I am asking you.Please help. Thanks

Posted by Dipti on November 06, 2009 at 02:36 PM PST #

Hi Dipti, As far as Oracle is concerned, you only need to complete one of the required classes to qualify for the DBA OCP. That said, the university may actually have a requirement for you to complete all 3 classes before you will receive credit and receive your WDP discount voucher. Please also check with the university to determine what their requirement is. For the purpose of certification, you only need to comple one course. Regards, Brandye

Posted by brandye on November 12, 2009 at 12:18 AM PST #

great view. I agree

Posted by rs boy on December 06, 2009 at 12:33 AM PST #

I guess I'm gonna need to look up a couple more things but this is a pretty good place to start.

Posted by disable firewall on December 12, 2009 at 06:22 AM PST #

I have ZERO experience with the product. I am not employed in the computer field. I am simply someone who developed an interest in databases after being in sales for many years and using a flat file database (ACT). Now I want to get into the field. I want to pass the certification for 11g Administrator Certified Associate. My problem is the exams seemed geared for people already in the business or at least experienced in the use of the Oracle database product. Is there something I need to do or a class I need to take PRIOR to purchasing study guides to start preparing for the 2 required classes? Is it enough to just start studying or will I be completely lost? Can someone give me their advice and opinion please? Thank you.

Posted by Kevin Schuyler on December 20, 2009 at 05:59 AM PST #

Kevin - you are right that the exams are not beginner-level, but you can get there. The type of questions you will see require insights gained from actually working with the products (versus the type of tests we've all taken that require initial rote memorization of facts). I recommend you use the exam objectives as a guide for study and practice - see 1Z0-052 as an example. Continue on - we'd love to see you onboard and Oracle Certified!

Posted by Paul Sorensen on December 20, 2009 at 10:18 PM PST #

Mr. Paul: Among others, I'm a Java Developer and an active Oracle Database 10g user. I'd like to get the OCA and OCP certifications. But... I have some little big troubles: My country doesn't have any Oracle Education Center! (In fact, neither appears in the "Select a Country" list at At least I need to complete one class for the OCP certification, while I can make the exams via Prometric or PearsonVue. I can't travel to another country to take an Instructor-Led Training class due to work reasons and my Internet connection is too slow for a Live Virtual Class. (I preffer an Instructor-Led Training). Although I have some Oracle Press books and I can study in my own, I'd really like to take some Oracle-supported classes. I think Oracle is gonna open an Education Center in my country... some day.... What could I do until that moment??? Just continue studying in my own and/or trying to get a better Internet connection?? So: do you have some suggestions for a sittuation like mine?? Thanks in advance.

Posted by Rhenzin on June 16, 2010 at 01:00 AM PDT #

Having just started iphone development coming from the pc side of things i have a slightly different take.

Posted by OTCBB on November 30, 2010 at 03:02 PM PST #

hi there, I believe ur review site is awesome. But may i know how can I going to contact you personally because i think this is a good post? Thanks for your reply in advance.

Posted by Aurea Zazueta on December 07, 2010 at 12:59 PM PST #

Aurea, If you need to contact us, it is best to use the email address This email alias is always monitored. Feel free to contact us at any time at this address. Regards, Brandye

Posted by Brandye Barrington on December 08, 2010 at 03:13 AM PST #

hi Paul, I have been new to SOA technology. Not even having a month experience in SOA and least aware of what is Oracle Fusion Middle ware has been put into a OSP domain in my company. So have planned to learn SOA by self and to do a certification in the "Oracle SOA Infrastructure Implementation". Please suggest me some good books and the best way to get learn SOA. Thanks in advance

Posted by madoo on December 15, 2010 at 05:48 PM PST #

Hello Madoo, Oracle does not endorse or recommend any 3rd party books, but you may find some helpful information on our forum at Regards, Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on December 16, 2010 at 04:41 AM PST #

I have ZERO experience with the product. I am not employed in the computer field. Now I want to get into the field. I want to pass the certification for 11g Administrator Certified Associate. How to prepare the oca exam.

Posted by g.veereswararao on February 17, 2011 at 03:14 AM PST #

Hello G.Veereswararao, Thank you for your interest in Oracle Certification. You can find the information that you need on how to obtain the 11g DBA OCA certification on our website at The best way to prepare for the OCA exam is to complete the recommended training. From the URL above, you can click on the exam link and you will be taken to a page that provides recommended training as well as a list of exam topics. Regards, Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on February 21, 2011 at 02:27 AM PST #

Hi , I have OCJP certification exam and got my results . Now i need to get a copy of certificate from Oracle ... Please let me know the steps how to apply or request for certificate

Posted by Manasa on October 09, 2013 at 07:12 AM PDT #

Hi Manasa,
When you received your eCertificate notification via email, you should have also received instructions to request a printed copy of your certificate. There should also be a link in to request a printed copy of your certificate. If you need further assistance, you can contact Oracle Certification Support

Brandye Barrington

Posted by Brandye Barrington on October 09, 2013 at 01:21 PM PDT #

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