I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you don't have an option in the matter - they're not offering 310-051 (the original SCEA Part I) anymore. You're somewhat stuck on taking -052. The original exam ceased being offered at the end of February of this year.
Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
Anurag, I went over the same dilemma a couple of months ago and I decided on taking the new SCEA 5. There's no point on taking the old one since it's being discontinued anyways. Also, they're not selling vouchers for that anymore and you'll have until december to finish all 3 parts.
But in order to prepare for it you'll have to work a lot harder to cover new topics that are not covered on the old exam. Also, the test is very different from the first one, so don't expect old exam simulators to help much.
One of the books I'd strongly suggest (besides those I mention on my feedback topic) is Practical Software Estimation: (M. A. Parthasarathy). This reference is mentioned all around the sun's epractice exam simulator.
Good luck, and keep in mind the test is a lot harder than the old version, so do not save efforts to prepare for it.
Rodrigo Cunha<br />SCJP, SCWCD, SCEA5(I)
Joined: Jul 14, 2008
Theodore and Rodrigo.Thanks a lot for your advise.Now I am clear about what I have to do now.I will start preparing for the newer version now. -Anurag Narayan
I am also preparing for the 310-051 exam. The most critical factor that you can still take the old version depends on whether you have bought the assignment voucher for part 2 exam before end of Feb this year. For part 1 and 3, the exam prefix is also 310 and you can just purchase ordinary 310 voucher and then go for it.
If you have purchased the assignment voucher of part 2, you can finish all 3 parts and being certified SCEA before end of Dec. If not, you cannot take the old version. But if you have passed the part 1 of old version already, you may try to call Sun Education in your resdential area and ask for an assignment voucher. Maybe they will grant your wish. Just have a try.