It occurred to me that the following experience might be useful to some in this forum. When I took the exam (and flunked) a month ago, Sun had just released the new version and I complained to them, via email, about two problems with the exam. I was very delighted to get this terse reply; "In order to hava strong chance at passing this exam. You must have experience with writing codes and programming." Brilliant, huh?? The good part, was that she attached a free voucher to retake the exam Very generous of Sun. Hopefully Sun has corrected the problems as I'll be giving the exam another shot on Friday. The issues were; a reference to line 24 in a code sample, which was a blank line, and the fact that they did the survey at the beginning of the exam, WITH THE CLOCK RUNNING! When I reported the problems I admitted that I would have flunked anyway, so this little surprise helped to heal my pain. I never see any posts here from people who fail the exam. To this silent minority; "keep a stiff upper lip, and get back at it". Many thanks to the VERY nice and sweet people who post here. I've never seen such a nurturing group of people. I suppose it's not politically-correct to say this but... I partly attribute it to the large number of Indian nationals who participate here. As a consultant, I've worked "shoulder to shoulder" with many Indians and, generally as a group, they are a very fine lot.
Free voucher?? Hmm... good for you! A few people do come back here and announce they failed, and the others simply suffer the failure. Whatever may be the reason for failure, SCJPis not one of the easy certification exams out there. I belive with the new format, it is very essential for the candidate to have hands-on programming exposure. Not necessarily on the job experience, but one should have written a lot of programs before going to the exam. Notes might not help much, except that it might give you some kind of last minute "punch-list". Well, I wish you good luck with your (free ) exam. Let there be no ambiguities, no questions without right answers, no noisy co-test-takers( it happened to me ), and may you get some questions from your previous real test Bes wishes, Ajith
Open Group Certified Distinguished IT Architect. Open Group Certified Master IT Architect. Sun Certified Architect (SCEA).
Hey thats great I also flunked coz i didnot worite too many programs before the exam but i didnot have the goodluck of receiving a free voucher from Sun Anyway goodluck for your second stint with the Exam. Regards, Shankar.