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About SCJP 5

Ganesh Prakhya
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Joined: May 05, 2004
Posts: 76
Hi,

I am preparing for scjp 1.4 and I am ready to take the exam, in between scjp 5 came. So what should I do? Can I take scjp 1.4 or postpone the exam and prepare for 5 because in scjp 5 new stuff was added. Please suggest me asap.

Regards,
Ganesh..
Rupak Khurana
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Joined: Mar 01, 2005
Posts: 89
Go for the newer bird...


SCJP 1.5<br />SCWCD 1.4
Ravith Botejue
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Joined: May 25, 2005
Posts: 6
I faced the same problem.
I suggest to do the 1.4 and upgrade to 5.0 other than directly doing the 5.0. (if you dont ever mind about the cost)
I suggest this because, I prepared my self for 1.4 and then 1.5 came. then started 1.5. but luckily 1.5 is not deliverd in testing centers here. THerefore I had no choice.
But after doing the exam I felt that if I did the 1.5 exam incase I would have definetely failed.
(but I passed 1.4 with 88%) It was so tricky.
SO I suggest to first complete 1.4. Then you have nothing to lose in ur certification. But if you directly approace the 5.0 and unfortunately fail then you have no certification and no money also.

Decision is yours.

Think twice before you act.

All the best in your future.

Ravith Botejue
SCJP


RB
Akhilesh Trivedi
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Joined: Jun 22, 2005
Posts: 1527
I feel at the end, it is the score that matters not the version. Further, you always always... have a chance to upgrade. No confusions here... after reading to Ravith and this link
http://www.coderanch.com/forums/

I now feel I would go for SCJP 1.4 only.


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Rupak Khurana
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Joined: Mar 01, 2005
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C'mon... dont be scared of SCJP 5.0. Take the challenge ! Go for it.. prove to the world, you are a step ahead. You think the upgrade exam would be a cake walk? Would you have energy to work hard twice for the same SCJP certification - first for 1.4 and then upgrade to tiger... it takes a lot of committment to prepare for SCJP.. I can't apply myself twice for the same thing...there are risks but whats life without them.
Akhilesh Trivedi
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Joined: Jun 22, 2005
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Khurana Saahab, its not about taking risks... it is about taking "calculated" risks!!! SCJP 1.5 will be out as soon as SCJP 1.6 releases. In the end it is score that matters than the version, "be a legend of past than being a hit of today."
Prateek Duble
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Joined: May 17, 2005
Posts: 22
Hi,
I think I will go with Mr Khurana. SCJP 5.0 is completely "calculated" risk. Any certification exam is a Risk. When its sure that companies will go for 5.0 within few days/months, why not put a step ahead ? (Why hesitate just bcose enough material is not available for SCJP 5.0).


Regards,


Prateek J. Duble
Rupak Khurana
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Joined: Mar 01, 2005
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Trivedi Saahab... Be a Tiger... Go For Tiger.... !
Rick O'Shay
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Joined: Sep 19, 2004
Posts: 531
Originally posted by Akhil Trivedi:
I feel at the end, it is the score that matters not the version. Further, you always always... have a chance to upgrade. No confusions here... after reading to Ravith and this link
http://www.coderanch.com/forums/

I now feel I would go for SCJP 1.4 only.


Do they still offer 1.2? The first exams were much simpler and those that agree with Akhil that the score is what counts should seek exams with less content and simpler questions. In fact there are some good video games out there that are rather challenging if you are looking for high scores. I personally think the material is the most important issue and I want new developers to know generics and auto-boxing, looping on the Iterable interface and so on. Having a good score on up-to-date material is more important for most companies.
Rick O'Shay
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Joined: Sep 19, 2004
Posts: 531
If you are going to spend the time to study and take the exam then take the full SCJP 5.0. Either than or prepare an explanation because you can bet that a recruiter or employer that prefers recent certification will want to know what the deal is.
Nicholas Cheung
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Joined: Nov 07, 2003
Posts: 4982

I feel at the end, it is the score that matters not the version. Further, you always always... have a chance to upgrade. No confusions here

It depends. I would say, version is more important (together with the date of exam taking). You can get, say 100% on SCJP 1.0.2, however, it will be too old and make the recruiters feel that you did not catch up with the upcoming technologies.

On the other hand, a pass is a pass for pass/fail exams. There will be a few recruiters asking for your score if you did not specify in the CV. They just interested in whether you got it or not. In addition, there will be a written test with Java knowledge in some interviews, thus, they might not care about how well/poor you did in SCJP.

Nick


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