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How much to pass the SCJP by???

Sam Tilley
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Joined: Dec 05, 2001
Posts: 160
I am currently studying for my SCJP exam and hope to take it in about a month.
I keep on seeing lots of people posting on the site saying that they have passed with 95%, 86% etc etc. The pass mark is 61%.
My question is do employers ask what your mark was and is it important to try and achieve a high high mark or is it enought to get just a pass. The reason is that i want to get on and do it but don't know whether i should leave it another couple weeks in order to attain a god like pass mark rather than just an average one if it helps get jobs. Do they ask / require it???
I notice from
that the majority of people seem to get 80-90%. It would be interesting to find out how many who have passed and got a job either put it on their cv or were asked for it.
Any feedback would be great


Sam Tilley SCJP, SCWCD
Corey McGlone
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Joined: Dec 20, 2001
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Personally, I don't think it really matters if you pass with a 70% or a 95% (except perhaps for bragging rights). Saying that you're Java certified really just tells an employer that they don't have to train you to code in Java.
As far as what everyone passes with, I wouldnt say that everyone passes with 90% - 95% because that's what you see in the forum. If everyone comes on and says "Hey, I got 98%!", how likely is someone else to say, "Hey, I got "62%!"? I always feel that the posts I see in there are somewhat skewed from what "everyone" gets.
Just my two cents.

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Rick Reumann
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Joined: Apr 03, 2001
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I really doubt an employer would even ever ask. I don't think people ask lawyers what they got on their Bar exam (assuming it is even scored, I really don't know) or more close to home how many actually ask those with MSCE certification what they scored? I just don't think it really comes up nor should it. I sort of wish Sun would not let the tester even know his or her score. It's ok if they stay you need to get a 61% to pass, but they shouldn't even provide a score if it's truly supposed to be a "do you know enough for us to certify you" type of exam.
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