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Do employers mostly ask for your exam score?

Zhang San

Joined: Mar 22, 2004
Posts: 1
Improving from 90% to 95% may cost you the same time as used in improving from 30% to 60%. Is it economic to spend extra time to get high scores? How often an employer would ask you for the original score if you list a certification on your resume? If it is rare, I'd rather stay with a OK score and put more time getting one more other certifications (like Oracle, or J2EE). Any suggestion would be appreciated. Thanks!
[ March 23, 2004: Message edited by: Zhang San ]

Nathaniel Stoddard
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Joined: May 29, 2003
Posts: 1258
I'm just guessing here, but I don't think employers really care about the score. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed and very lucky if you found an employer who actually was quite excited about you having the certification in the first place.
So yes, I'd just get the certification and move on to the next if that is what you want to do. (This is not meant to condone not doing your best on the exam however, but you simply can't study forever.)

Dmitry Melnik
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Joined: Dec 18, 2003
Posts: 328
I belive that very few employers care if a job candidate has a SCJP certificate at all, not to mention the score. I'd save that money on the SCJP 1.5 rather than squeezing last 1% of the current exam.
Kathy Sierra
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Joined: Oct 10, 2002
Posts: 1589
Howdy -- I'll tell you that at Sun we never paid any attention to people's scores. Nobody ever asked. There were many jobs (including the one I had when I was first hired at Sun) where an SCJP was required, but absolutely NOBODY ever asked for my score. You either are--or are not--"certified". You'd get the impression from hanging around javaranch that getting the highest scores are really important, but we usually tell people that passing with a decent score is good. You don't want to just *barely* pass, because it means you still have a lot of gaps in your knowledge, and that'll hurt you as a developer. But even if you pass by 1 point, you have the same certification as someone who passes with a 99%. Some people are just better at test-taking than others, regardless of their knowledge level for the exam.
Now, the Java 1.5 exam will NOT be coming out any time soon. It's still quite a ways off (we don't have a date scheduled yet), so I probably wouldn't wait for it. If you're at all interested in getting certified, I'd go for the current version. And the 1.5 exam is probably going to end up being COMPLETELY different from the previous versions, and in some ways much more difficult. The format is going to change for many reasons... but I'll have more to say on that later when I know more about what we'll be doing.
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