A little birdy told me that the SCJP 1.5 exam will rather harder for those who don't like to write code. That is, you are going to have to get a given bit of code to compile or run by shuffling a set of statements around...
Howdy -- I can give you the update on SCJP for Java 5 (1.5/Tiger)...although NOTHING is locked in stone, so it could change. We are not planning to create the exam until the very end of 2004 or very early 2005. The beta exam will not take place until February, although it could be later than that. The exam will indeed be very different, and more difficult from a code-writing perspective.
So, I probably wouldn't recommend that anyone wait, since I don't believe the beta will happen for at LEAST six months. But we will definitely keep you updated as we know more and as we set more concrete dates.
Should be fun
We're going to have to do a LOT of work to update the book, since the new exam is going to be so different... makes me tired just thinking about it.