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Interesting quote from K&B about the SCJP. Is it true?

Panseer Kaur
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Joined: Nov 01, 2007
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Just for fun I started reading the introduction to the K&B book, when I came across a really interesting/crazy quote:

"The Sun Certified Programmer exam is considered one of the hardest (if not the hardest) in the IT industry..."

Wow I was pretty shocked to hear that. Is that actually true? I've heard from numerous people that the test is really a beginners test and is not created to be that hard. The bar is fairly low being that it's 57% (of course the questions are quite tough) but is it really one of the hardest in IT?

I've heard a lot that the Cisco CCIE test is insanely difficult, even the CCNA has a pretty high required passing mark.

I'd be interested to hear people's comments on this.

To anyone who has more than one Sun cert did you find this to be substantially harder than some of the others?
Ernesto Elias-Nieland
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I thing the SCJP is definitly the hardes SUN certification that I did - at least when you want to score 90+%. The IBM certifications that I did were easier, too.
On the other hand the study material for the SCJP is quite good, whether the material for less popular certs is quite limited. And without good practice exams even easy certs can get really dificult to pass.

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marc weber

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I think the point is that the SCJP is not a "gimme" exam like some "entry level" IT exams. You need to work for it, and you really need to know the topics you're being tested on.

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