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Next revision of SCJP objectives?

George Dee-Brown
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Joined: Mar 15, 2001
Posts: 35
does anyone know when Sun will next revise the SCJP objectives and produce a new version of the exam to reflect the revised objectives?
The following quote is from "'s Insider Newsletter - Issue #56" :
"Although Sun claims they won't be substantially changing their objectives for the Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform exam (exam ID 310-025), they are:
* revising the question base
* updating coverage of APIs and language constructs that have become more popular or important than originally anticipated
* adding new questions and coverage to reflect a refurbished state of the Java Programmer's art."
John Paul

Joined: Jun 27, 2001
Posts: 8
Hi George
[This message has been edited by John Paul (edited June 28, 2001).]
George Dee-Brown
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Joined: Mar 15, 2001
Posts: 35
I intend to take the SCJP in 2 weeks (mid-July) but from the above link provided by John Paul Sun are considering
1. changing the cert to adaptive format
2. implementing recertification requirements for both its Java certification programs.

Does anyone :
a) know what "adaptive format" is?
b) know anything about the potential "recertification requirements". I dont see the point of getting certified and then having to "recertify"!

"Sun are examining very carefully moving the SCJP exam to adaptive format. Pedigo said Sun is considering this change for several reasons. "It's a dramatically more efficient way to test...timewise it's more respectful," he explained. "Also, it's a good security measure [because individual questions are less exposed] -- something we're very conscious of." According to Pedigo, the decision whether or not to convert the exam to adaptive format will be made by mid-July.
Pedigo also said that Sun is considering implementing recertification requirements for both its Java and
Solaris certification programs. According to Pedigo, no decisions have been made as of yet regarding what
those requirements might be, but if such a program is implemented, he said that the requirements "will be
incredibly responsive and respectful" toward those they affect. Pedigo said a decision regarding this change
will be made by late Summer."
Mark Rubin

Joined: Jun 02, 2001
Posts: 17
I can answer the "adaptive format" question. This format is used in many college level entrance exams (when I took the GRE, it was adaptive).
This is a very broad description of an adaptive format test copied from the FAQ on the GRE website (
Q. How does the computer-adaptive General Test work?
A. A computer-adaptive test is tailored to your performance level and provides precise information about your abilities using fewer test questions than traditional paper-based tests.
At the start of the test, you are presented with test questions of average difficulty. As you answer each question, the computer scores that question and uses that information, as well as your responses to previous questions and information about the test design, to determine which question is presented next. As long as you respond correctly, typically questions of increased difficulty are presented. If incorrect responses are entered, typically the computer presents questions of lesser difficulty. Your next question will be the one that best reflects both your previous performance and the test design. This means that different test takers will be given different questions.

As for scoring, each question has a point value associated with it according to difficulty. The more difficult questions you answer, the higher score you'll get right. In these tests, how you do on the first 3/4 of the test determines the majority of your score.
Avinash Rai
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Joined: Apr 26, 2001
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I have scheduled my exam on 20th July.
If Sun changes there exam pattern on July 15th then I will have to appear for the new format of exam or what??
Or Will it be same because I registered earlier?
Jane Griscti
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Joined: Aug 30, 2000
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I'm fairly sure this won't happen overnight The article says they will make a decision by mid-July. It will still take some time to change the exam format and distribute it globally.

Jane Griscti
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java� 2 Platform

Jane Griscti
SCJP, Co-author Mike Meyers' Java 2 Certification Passport
William Brogden
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Posts: 13035
I am betting it will take months after a decision is made. In order to create an adaptive exam you have to determine the difficulty of each question in a large set by beta testing with a lot of people.
If they want to use the present question set, they could analyze all the results from all the tests taken, but if they want to use new questions, then there will have to be a period of beta testing.
I could put together an adaptive exam pretty quickly because I have been collecting results for years at my mock exam site.

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