Difference between OCPJP 8 Upgrade Exams 1Z0-813 and 1Z0-810? Which one to take?

Many Java developers who holds a Java certification either from Sun or Oracle and who is looking to upgrade to latest Java version i.e. Java SE 8 certification has a common doubt, should they go for 1Z0-810 or 1Z0-813 upgrade exams? What are the different between these two exams? Well, even though they are both upgrade to Java SE 8 exam, they are separate exams and have a different exam code, the difference is also obvious when you look at their title. The 1Z0-810 exam is known as "Upgrade Java SE 7 to Java SE 8 OCP Programme" while the 1Z0-813 exam is known as "Upgrade to Java SE 8 OCP ( Java SE 6 and all prior versions)".

The main difference between these two OCPJP 8 upgrade exams are their eligibility criterion, the 1Z0-810 allows an OCPJP 7 certified Java developer to upgrade to OCJP 8 exam, while 1Z0-813 exam allows any OCPJP6, SCJP 6 or any of the prior Java certification e.g. SCJP 1.4 or SCJP 5.

The other difference comes in exam objectives because both exams test different topics. The 1Z0-810 focus more on topics which are new from Java 7 to Java 8 while 1Z0-810 tests more comprehensive topics including changes from JDK 7 as well as JDK 8.


You can see the exact exam topics in Oracle website but in nutshell, 1Z0-813 covers more topics e.g. language enhancements done in JDK 7 i.e. String in the switch case, automatic resource management, diamond operator, catching multiple exceptions in single catch block etc.

Similarly, the 1Z0-813 also has more topic in Java concurrency which includes key classes from java.util.concurrent package e.g. CyclieBarrier, CountDownLatch and concurrent collections. It also tests your knowledge of Locks e.g. ReadWriteLock and ReentrantLock. In short, all the major topics starting from Java 1.5 to Java 8 is included in the 1Z0-813 exam.



1Z0-810 OCPJP 8 Upgrade from OCPJP 7

This exam is known as "Upgrade Java SE 7 to Java SE 8 OCP Programmer" and it gives an opportunity to any Java SE 7 Programmer II certified developer to upgrade to OCJP 8. This exam will test your skill on new Java 8 language enhancements and features e.g. lambda expression, streams, method references, default methods, new Date and Time API etc. The cost of the exam is 245$ in USD and 10,100 in India Rupees. The exam will contain 81 questions and you need to solve it within 3 hours. Passing score is 65%, so it's not easy exams.

Here is the snapshot of exam details:

1Z0-810 OCPJP 8 Upgrade from OCPJP 7



You can read the whole exam objectives of at Oracle’s official Java certification website, here.

If you are preparing for the OCPJP 8 Upgrade exam, you can also check out these free OCPJP 8 Mock Exams and this full-length practice exam from Whizlabs. That will give you a good idea of the level of difficulty and what kind of questions you can expect in real exams.



1Z0-813 - OCPJP 8 Upgrade exam from SCJP 6 and before

This exam is known as "Upgrade to Java SE 8 OCP ( Java SE 6 and all prior versions)" and it is designed for Java developer who holds any kind of Java certification e.g. if you have passed SCJP 1.4, SCJP 5, SCJP 6 or OCJP 6 in past you can appear in this exam and upgrade yourself to Java SE 8. The exam topics are designed accordingly. It includes all major changes from Java 1.5 to Java 8 and hence it's quite an exhaustive exam, but very good for someone who is not in touch with Java from the last couple of years.

The exams will contain 60 questions and you would be having 130 minutes to solve them. Compare this to 150 minute and 61 question from 1Z0-810 exam, it seems tougher because you have to have less time to solve the almost same number of questions. Also, number of topics is quite a lot on 1Z0-813 as compared to 1Z0-810 because it includes features starting from Java 5 to Java SE 8.

Anyway, here is the snapshot of 1Z0-813 exam:



You can read the complete objectives of the 1Z0-813 exam at here.

If you are preparing for the OCPJP 8 Upgrade exam, you can see these free questions and Whizlab's full-length practice exams to prepare this exam.


Resources for OCPJP 8 Exam

The key to success of any Java certification including OCJP8 upgrades exam is selecting a good study guide, coding daily and practicing a lot with professional exam simulator e.g. Whizlabs OCPJP 8 exam simulator. Anyway, here are useful resources for preparing OCJP 8 upgrade exam:

1) Books
2) Mock exams
3) Whizlabs exam simulator
4) David Mayer's exam simulator

That's all about the difference between 1Z0-810 and 1Z0-813 OCPJP Upgrade Exams. As I said, 1Z0-810 stands for "Upgrade Java SE 7 to Java SE 8 OCP Programme" and it's for OCAPJP7 certified developer to upgrade to OCPJP8, while 1Z0-813 exam stands for "" and it's for everyone else e.g. any certified Java developer e.g. Java SE 6 or all prior version. So, even if you have someone who has passed SCJP 1.4 in 2007 or SCJP 5 in 2008, you can still appear for OCPJP 8 upgrade exam 1Z0-813 exam. Though, you should remember that their exam topics are different and 1Z0-813 covers more topics than 1Z0-810. The one common thing about them is that their price is same i.e. 10,100 INR or 245 USD and they both are OCJP8 upgrade exams.

All the best with your exam preparation. 


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