Originally posted by biang lin: I checked on "certmanager.net" and received mails every day. But I didn't get any message. So should I contact Sun's local branch or just wait??
If I understand correctly, you've uploaded your assignment to Sun, but haven't received your grade yet. Is that's correct, then I'm afraid you have more waiting ahead of you. Sun claims to be able to complete grading the assignment some 4 to 6 weeks after you take your essay exam (which you should have done immediately after uploading your assignment). So, it sounds like you have 3 to 5 more weeks of waiting ahead of you. As far as I know you will not receive an email from Sun when your assignment as been graded (why Sun couldn't do this is one of the mysteries of the universe!). I think you are expected to check the http://www.certmanager.net/sun_assignment/ site to see whether your assignment has been graded. Obviously Sun's time is more valuable than ours. If you don't see your grade after 4 weeks I would send an e-mail to Sun asking whether your assignment has been graded. They should at least be able to tell you that they received it and it is being looked at by a grader. Hope this helps, George
Hi Biang, Ahhh, I think I see the problem here. Good thing you asked the question. Assuming you successfully uploaded your assignment (I think it should have said something like upload successful or some such thing when you uploaded it), then you need to make arrangements for taking the essay exam on your own. Sun won't do it for you, nor will they tell you to do it by email. My advice is to make arrangements to take the essay exam as soon as you can (while the project is still fresh in your mind). You can purchase the voucher for the exam from Sun online and then make an appointment with Prometric (or the same place at which you took your SCJP exam). Sun will wait until you have taken your exam before forwarding your submission to the grader. You can expect your grade 4 to 6 weeks after you take your essay exam. Sun will not email you the grade, you will have to check the Cert Manager yourself. Hope this helps, George
Joined: Jun 02, 2003
Hi George, That is to say, Sun will not grade my assignment before I take my essay exam? So, if my uploaded assignment is failed to pass, I must take essay exam 2 times?
They wait till you've written the essay exam, and then they look at the assignment and essay exam together. They are graded together, at the same time. If you fail, most probably you'll have to resubmit your asignment and re-write the exam, I think.
Jacques<br />*******<br />MCP, SCJP, SCJD, SCWCD
Joined: Apr 15, 2003
Biang, If you fail, most likely you would not have to take the essay exam again. The purpose of the essay exam is to convince Sun that you're the person who did the work on the project. Even if there's a problem with your submission and you fail, they may believe that based on your essay exam you were the person who did the work. In this case, you would only have to correct the problem with your submission and pay the fee to resubmit your project. Under these circumstances you would not need to retake the exam. By the way, I think it's almost impossible to fail the essay exam. Before you take the exam thoroughly review your design choice document and think about how you can explain the big decisions you made for the project: rmi versus sockets, your locking scheme, etc. Hope this helps, George