This week's book giveaway is in the Jobs Discussion forum.
We're giving away four copies of Java Interview Guide and have Anthony DePalma on-line!
See this thread for details.
The moose likes Programmer Certification (SCJP/OCPJP) and the fly likes Good info for those planning to take the exam Big Moose Saloon
  Search | Java FAQ | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies
Register / Login

Win a copy of Java Interview Guide this week in the Jobs Discussion forum!
JavaRanch » Java Forums » Certification » Programmer Certification (SCJP/OCPJP)
Bookmark "Good info for those planning to take the exam" Watch "Good info for those planning to take the exam" New topic

Good info for those planning to take the exam

Chris Graham

Joined: Jan 08, 2002
Posts: 22
Hey everyone,
In case you didn't know, here is some important info about the exam that is good to know.
Number of questions: 59
Pass score: 61%
Time limit: 120 minutes
Minimum number of correct answers needed to pass: 36
Here is a link to a PDF put out by sun giving a lot of info on the test:
Here is a link to Sun's certification site:
Also, if anyone who has taken the exam could post their experience with it, I'm sure everyone would appreciate it.
I have heard that it's all multiple choice, true/false (i.e. you don't have to fill out any short answers or write any code). The test is electronic, and you will know your results after you submit your answers.
Sun's site says that the exam is multiple choice, short answer, and drag and drop. I'm not sure if this is true or not, so post your experience with the exam to this thread.
Thanks everyone,
William Brogden
Author and all-around good cowpoke

Joined: Mar 22, 2000
Posts: 13037
Multiple choice and short answer questions do appear. Nobody has ever reported getting a drag and drop on the programmers exam - I think that is an error in that one paragraph.
Shivaji Marathe
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 11, 2002
Posts: 203
There are several questions where the code appears in a separate window - some times the code can be 20 lines or more. Remember to scroll through to the bottom of that window.
Some questions have 6 or more answers , so remember to scroll to the end on the main window as well.
On multiple choice questions, you are told how many to select.
There are a few ( 2-3) questions where you are required to type in - usually a single word - so there's no ambiguity. The word you type in may be case sensitive- so pay attention to what you are typing.
You are allowed to flag certain questions and come back to them later.
Hope this helps.
I agree. Here's the link:
subject: Good info for those planning to take the exam
It's not a secret anymore!