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Info concerning the updates to the SCJP 6 exam

Prajwal Hegde
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Joined: Oct 17, 2011
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Bert Bates wrote:Hi Guys,

We've got some news from Sun concerning recent changes to the SCJP exam.

First a little background about how Sun ALWAYS administers their certification exams:

All of Sun's exams go through rigorous processes during their creation, AND during their "live" lifetime. First off, the exam's objectives are created and verified. Next, new questions are created using an iterative creation / review / beta test / modification cycle. Once questions have gone "live" their performance is also monitored. Sun checks to see if the questions become too easy or too hard over time, or if questions cause too much confusion. When Sun determines that certain questions aren't performing well in the field, those questions are either fixed and retested, or they are retired.

Finally, Sun wants their certification exams to be challenging. They don't publish their targeted "candidate success" goals, but our assumption is that they want a certain percentage of candidates to pass, and that means a certain percentage will fail. Whatever their formula is, it appears that they want those percentages to stay fairly consistent over time (which makes a great deal of sense, and seems very fair). In other words, if there was a universal "difficulty" rating, and let's say the initial SCJP 6 exam had a difficulty rating of "7.6" (I'm totally making this up ), then when they fix or retire questions they still want the resulting exam to have a difficulty rating of "7.6".

With all that said, what happened recently is that Sun determined that several questions and objectives weren't performing well in the field. Some questions were fixed, and some were retired. In order to maintain a consistent difficulty level, they changed some of the objectives, re-evaluated the remaining questions' difficulty levels, and came up with a new number of questions, and a new passing percentage.

But, long story short, Sun went through an extensive process to make sure that the revised exam is just as hard to pass as the older version - not easier, not harder.

hth,

Bert



Hi , I am Prajwal from Bangalore,i needed help in getting a java certification, what are the necessary things should I go through to get java certified. For over 2month i'm preparing for SCJP(310-065). Now i want to take a exam in next month. I am confused by referring some blogs.I want to know what are the exact steps to be covered in-order to be java certified. Please help me ASAP.
Raju Marreddi
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Joined: Oct 27, 2011
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Hi Bert,

I have prepared for SCJP5, now its changed to 6.Could you please suggest me which version i need to write and useful.
Now i am planning to write the exam.
Please reply ASAP.

Regards
Raju
shivdhwaj pandey
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Joined: Nov 12, 2011
Posts: 67

can i appear for the 1.4


with regards,
Shivdhway Pandey
Akhilesh Trivedi
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Joined: Jun 22, 2005
Posts: 1558
Raju Marreddi wrote:Hi Bert,

I have prepared for SCJP5, now its changed to 6.Could you please suggest me which version i need to write and useful.
Now i am planning to write the exam.
Please reply ASAP.

Regards
Raju


It is no more SCJP. It is rather Oracle Certified than Sun Certified. Oracle buys Sun

You can appear for 5 or 6 or even 7. Oracle Page for Certification

Deciding which one you should go for depends on what you can prepare for, what is current availability, there are people who very want to get certified to the latest, there are people who say, "it is all new, i dont want to take risk", and there are people who say, "I don't care which is latest, I am prepared for this, and I will take this.!"


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Akhilesh Trivedi
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shivdhwaj pandey wrote:can i appear for the 1.4


I would consider to get higher than that. I have already made up my mind. If you still want to stick to 1.4, I doubt if it is still available. I don't see it in the list.
shivdhwaj pandey
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which versions are available for scjp
Akhilesh Trivedi
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shivdhwaj pandey wrote:which versions are available for scjp

http://www.coderanch.com/t/558569/java-programmer-SCJP/certification/scjp
shivdhwaj pandey
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what is in the link Akhilesh Trivedi nothing
Akhilesh Trivedi
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shivdhwaj pandey wrote:what is in the link Akhilesh Trivedi nothing


I thought the link answers your question which you have been asking. There were three people you thanked,

Ankit Garg,Hebert Coelho,Randy Hernandez


If 'thank you' was nothing. ok!

shivdhwaj pandey
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in that link me said thank you to then due to they replied to me first on ranch
Dave Buchanan
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Joined: May 01, 2011
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Is it still the case that Oracle don't test on Serialisation as stated here. I ask as I have just purchased two Oracle ePractice Exam Papers for the OCP Java 6 Exam and both have questions on Serialization?
Ankit Garg
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Some of the mock exams are not updated frequently to the changing exam objectives. Serialization is not on the exam...


SCJP 6 | SCWCD 5 | Javaranch SCJP FAQ | SCWCD Links
Ritesh. Srivastava
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Joined: May 30, 2011
Posts: 4
hey Bert,
Thanks For Sharing us so precious information as this is helpful fro those who wanna prepare fro OCJP exam.


Ajoy Bhatia
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Joined: Jun 02, 2004
Posts: 13
I am SCJP 6 certified. Took the exam in May 2010 before it became OCP, so it really is SCJP Now, I would like to upgrade to OCP Java SE 7 Programmer certification. I know that there is an Upgrade exam. I was wondering if I should wait until July 2012 until Kathy & Bert's certification guide for Java SE 7 to come out. Their guides have been my main study material for Java 1.4.2 & Java SE 6 certification exams. Or is there some other good study material (i.e. focuses on the exam syllabus but also explains the concepts clearly, including those not on the exam) available at this time?
Fred Victa
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Joined: May 01, 2008
Posts: 104
Did the exam get a little easier? I was just wondering because the minimum passing score has increased and the maximum amount of time to complete the exam has shorted.
rahul sharma Sgs
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Joined: Jan 14, 2012
Posts: 1
Hello Guys,
i m confusing about java certification bz i did prepration for java 1.6 but now java 7 came so what changed done in java 7 ?
Pankaj Bhambhani
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Joined: Aug 14, 2010
Posts: 4
Hi,

I just wanted to know how much emphasis should I really give on giving OCJP or SCJP+ having already passed SCJP6 exam ? Is the juice worth the squeeze ?

Thanks.
Swati
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Joined: Jan 19, 2006
Posts: 1
Hi,

I am preparing for SCJP 6 but want to know more on how to prepare on API content part?
Need guidance, help me out
shubham sandeep
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Joined: Dec 14, 2012
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hello everyone ... i have started preparing for Ocjp 6 as of now.... but want to know what is the difference b/w scjp and scjp+ ??? ... as was mentioned in the previous post
Daizay Rani
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Joined: May 17, 2014
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examlab.tk is one of the best simulator that can be used to prepare for OCJP 6 exam. The best part of all is it is free of cost!! It is helping alot in understanding the tricks and concepts with tricky questions. I am planning to give OCJP exam by his month End. Hope for the best
Anu Abraham
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Joined: Mar 11, 2013
Posts: 3
Hi Everyone,
I did my OCJP SE6 exam yesterday and passed 81%.I know it's not a very high score but considering the difficulty of the questions I am happy.
It was in a London Pearson Vue centre,60 questions ,many were harder than the questions I tried ,I did feel that the difficulty level was very high- covered each all objectives.
I was surprised to find questions using collections - iterators.
Thanks

 
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