Top 5 Java 8 Practice Test and Exam Simulators (OCAJP and OCPJP) - Best of lot

Apart from books, exam simulators are another essential tool to prepare for Java certifications. They not only give you the opportunity to test you knowledge topic wise but also provide the helpful explanation to clear your doubt and misconception, which means you can learn on the fly. Actually, when I prepared for my SCJP exam, I learned a lot of new concept by just giving mock exams and solving practice question. Since most of the Java certification aspirants are Java developer with some experience i.e. they have done a good amount of coding, they can easily understand the code but they might not be familiar with exam format.

These mock exams, particularly from Whizlabs and Enthuware helps to prepare in real exams like scenario with a similar pattern and the same amount of questions. By doing a couple of mock exams you can assess your speed, accuracy, and knowledge. This also helps you to find your strong and weak areas. In the real exam, I first tackle questions from the strong area and then move to weak areas.

Once you have gone through all the topics of Java SE 8 exams and finished reading your study guide, you can take these mock exams and practice test to get a feel of how well you do in real exams. The results of these exam simulators are quite accurate. For example, if you score 70% in Whizlabs or Enthuware then you will most likely score 70-80% in the actual exam, provided you have completed your test with full honesty i.e. within given time frame and without taking any help.



Most of these exam simulators also keep the history of how you are doing from your first test to the last test to give you a good indication of your progress. They will also highlight your strong and weak areas which you can further improve. In short, exam simulators are an essential tool for doing well in Java certifications.

Btw, Exam simulators are not same as exam dump which is PDF of previous questions asked in OCAJP or OCPJP exams, I don't recommend them because when you do them, you try to memorize them expecting they will come in actual exam, which totally defeats the purpose of certification i.e. certification with learning and experience.



5 OCAJP8 and OCPJP8 Exam Simulators

Here is a list of some of the best commercial exam simulators available for Java 8 certifications e.g. OCAJP8 or 1Z0-808 exam and OCAJP8 or 1Z0-809 exam. Most of the exam simulators also provide free sample questions and online test, which you can take before purchasing them to judge the quality of questions and whether you will get the worth your money or not.



Whizlabs
The Whizlabs exam simulator is certainly the best product in the market to prepare for Java certification. Whizlabs is also one of the pioneers in the field of commercial Java exam simulators and helped Java developers from more than 8 to 10 years. I even used Whizlabs long back on 2007 and 2008 when I did my SCJP 1.4 certification and thanks to the quality of their question I scored 100% then. More than score, I learned a lot of subtle concept of Java programming which I didn't know even after programming in Java for more than 4 years. The best part of Whizlabs simulator is that there is a free online mock test for Java 8 which you can take before purchasing the simulator. The free test will give you a ood idea of what you can expect in return of your money.

Currently, they have special offer for OCAJP8 exam where you can buy the $45 simulator for just 19.95$ and you also have a Black Friday offer which offers flat 50% discount on any exam simulator including OCPJP8, which you can get in $29 as opposed to $58

Top 5 Java 8 Practice Test and Exam Simulators (OCAJP and OCPJP) - Best of lot


Enthuware
The Enthuware exam simulator is the second best in my opinion. I can say that because I have used it while preparing for my exam as well. It is also much cheaper than Whizlabs, just around 9 or 10 USD which is just a bargain. I am sure it's less than what you expend for tea and snacks in a day or two. So, even if you buy Whizlabs or Kaplan Java 8 exam simulator, you can still give a try to Enthuware. It also contains good quality questions and very detailed and accurate explanations which will help you to learn subtle details of Java programming.


Java8Certification Simulators by David Mayer
This is a relatively new exam simulator for Java certification but in quick time it has become quite popular. It is one of the three best Java 8 exam simulator currently available in the market. I know David Mayer is doing quite a good job of keeping the exam simulator updated with the feedback from the user and coming up with new and more challenging questions with updates every now and then. So, if you are preparing for OCAJP8 or OCPJP8 exam then you can consider buying this exam simulator.

This simulator specifically targets the newest Java certification with some good question with detailed explanation. They even have a free Java 8 test, which you can take by entering your email before purchasing their full exam simulator. The online test contains 25 questions which will give you sufficient idea of what to expect in their full version of Java 8 exam simulators which contains 4 full Java 1Z0-808 dumps and 308 unique questions with explanations.

They also provide money back guarantee i.e. they will refund your money If you find any five mistakes of any kind and full refund if you fail the exam i.1. 100% money back guarantee. They also provide OCPJP8 or 1ZO-809 exam simulators. The cost of exam simulator is also rightly priced at 39.99 USD, which in my opinion cheap given the quality of questions. They also provide a free upgrade for new certification versions for existing customer.




4) Kaplan SelfTest
The Kaplan selftest is the official partner of Oracle and authorized to provide practice tests to Java programmer preparing for OCAJP7 or OCAJP8 exams. This means you will get the most realistic exam simulators for your practice. They not just provide Java simulators but also provide simulators for Oracle database certifications. Good collection of tests but a little bit expensive than other two.

They also provide exam simulators for most of the Java certifications e.g. 1Z0-803 - Java SE 7 Programmer I, 1Z0-804 - Java SE 7 Programmer II, 1Z0-805 - Upgrade to Java SE 7 Programmer, 1Z0-810 - Upgrade Java SE 7 to Java SE 8 OCP, 1Z0-813 - Upgrade to Java SE 8 OCP, 1Z0-808 - Java SE 8 Programmer I and 1Z0-809 - Java SE 8 Programmer II.

Their exam simulators for OCAJP 8 i.e. 1Z0-808 Practice Test for Java SE 8 Programmer I exam contains
  • 180 questions simulating vendor test questions
  • 210 complimentary flash cards
  • Detailed explanations for correct/incorrect answers help you grasp underlying concepts
  • Comprehensive score report helps you focus your study efforts
They even have a free online test which you can try before purchasing the exam simulators. Given they are the official partner of Oracle to provide practice test, their price is a bit on higher side e.g. for 1Z0-809 Practice Test which contains 206 questions and 270 complimentary flash cards will cost you $69 for 30 days online access and $89 for 180-day online access.


5) EPractize Labs
Not on the same league as Whizlabs or Enthuware but nevertheless a good resource for really motivated Java developers. They also provide exam simulators for all core Java, Java EE, and Java ME certifications e.g. they have simulators for 1Z0-808 - Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE 8 Programmer, 1Z0-809 - Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Programmer, 1Z1-810 - Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 8 Upgrade Programmer and for other older exams.


Books and More Resources

Apart from exam simulators, you must have a good book or study guide to prepare for any Java certification e.g.OCAJP8 or OCAJP8. There are lots of good books available in the market but the one which stands out to me is the study guide by Mala Gupta for OCAJP7 and study guide written by Jeanne Boyarsky and Scott Selikoff for Java 8.

You can also see following articles for more books and other resources:

That's all on this list of good Java 8 practice tests, exam simulators, and mock exams. Out of these 5, my personal favorite is Whizlabs and most of the time Java 8 study guide and Whizlabs simulator is more than enough to do well on Java SE 8 certification exams. But, if you are looking for a really high score, somewhere in the range of 95 to 100 then you would like to prepare more and that's where you can take help from other mock tests as well e.g. Enthuware. I have actually listed them on their usefulness, Whizlabs and Enthuware are the best of the lot. 


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