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SCJP 1.5 or SCJP 1.5

mayur dhawan
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Joined: Sep 20, 2005
Posts: 30
hi all,
I just wanted to know which exam is better.SCJP1.4 or SCJP 1.5.I have also heard about the SUN's Associate exam. this exam is targeted to java entry professionals.So, i just wanted to know. whether we need to pass this associate exam before SCJP.

please guide.

thanks in advance.
R.Hariharan Iyer

Joined: Sep 19, 2005
Posts: 3
dear dhawan,

go for scjp5.0 that has following advantages
1. it has enhanced features
2. your coding knowledge is tested in that.
3. since it is relatively tougher than the 1.4, it will be more valued.
4. prepare well with any good simulators available in the market. also
you can see some info in as well.

[ September 22, 2005: Message edited by: R.Hariharan Iyer ]

Theodore Casser
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Joined: Mar 14, 2001
Posts: 1902

Which version you go for I think is something you should base more on what you're comfortable with and what you're using in the marketplace. If you're just now starting to prepare, I'd suggest going for 5.0, if only because it's the latest version. I don't know that any employer (save for one whose interviewers have taken the exams themselvces) would know or care if 5.0 is harder or easier than the 1.4 exam.

And to answer your other question, no - SCJA is not a prerequisite for the SCJP exam.

Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
Bert Bates

Joined: Oct 14, 2002
Posts: 8898
When we created 1.5 we considered this question. We took very few things out of 5 that were in 1.4, so it's safe to say that in almost every case 5 is a broader, more comprehensive exam than 1.4 was. I'm hard pressed to come up with a reason that an employer would prefer to see a 1.4 certification rather than a 5 certification.



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