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How difficult is the Sun Cert?

Chris Stewart
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Joined: Sep 29, 2001
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What level should one be at before attempting to take this test? How much is it to take the test? How much time does it typically take? Where do you have to go to take it? Thanks for any replies.
Jim Petersen
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Joined: Jul 24, 2001
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Hi Chris
This depends on
a. Your experience with Java and programming in general
b. How much time you can commit to the SCJP per day/week
c. How smart you are ie does your method of learning / absorbtion of new ideas relate well to the syllabus requirements or does your brain need to be rewired to get out of bad/incorrect coding habits?
So in sum How long is a piece of string? It is different for everyone - if you are coding with the langauage all day all week the your time to pass will be different than someone picking up a book with no experience. Again there are always exceptions to that rule!
Have a look back at the programmer certification results forum for a couple of weeks and this may give you a clearer idea of who sat the exam, what their backgrounds were, and how long it took them


- Jim Petersen <br />SCJP2<br />SCWCD<p>- but then again, I could be wrong...
Corey McGlone
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Joined: Dec 20, 2001
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What level should one be at before attempting to take this test?

Take some practice exams and try to score in the 75% to 80% range. If you can do that consistently, you should be well set for the exam. However, exams vary in difficulty, so you might want to try to take that into account. From what I've gathered, JQ+ is pretty close to the real thing and Val's exam is much harder.

How much is it to take the test?

$150 US

How much time does it typically take?

To take the test? It varies - you're given two hours. It took me much less (about an hour) but others take longer. Or do you mean to prepare? That really varies depending upon your background. For some people, who have a good amount of experience, a month or a couple weeks or so in plenty. For others, with less experience, much, much more.

Where do you have to go to take it?

Any local Prometric testing center. There's one is almost every major city.
Hope that helps,
Corey


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Chris Stewart
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Joined: Sep 29, 2001
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For a little of my background, I'm a 19 year old college student graduating with my Associates next Spring (2003). I've been working as an Intern at a ASP/Managed Hosting company for the past 6 months studying/coding Java 5 hours a day for the past 6 months. I'd say I understand the basics of Java rather well. I took a practice test for the first Cert over at Sun and got 60% from those 10 questions. Not bad for the first time. I'll spend alot of time over the next month or so preparing for it and see if my company would like to pay for the exam.
[ March 05, 2002: Message edited by: Chris Stewart ]
Jim Petersen
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Joined: Jul 24, 2001
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Hi Chris
Also try Marcus Greene's mock exams at www.jchq.net and they are free and pretty close to the exam as well - Good Luck!
 
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