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Upgrade or full exam for SCJP 6?

Sue Chen
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Joined: Dec 26, 2008
Posts: 2
Hello Fellow Java Enthusiasts,

I apologize in advance if this question is answered elsewhere (I already looked at the SCJP FAQ), but what is the suggestion regarding whether taking the full exam or the upgrade exam? The cost and the percentage needed to pass are both the same. The only difference appears to be the number of questions and a focus on the "not so basics" since the candidate already holds a SCJP certification for a previous version.

My strategy is to actually learn things I'd previously missed (even though I've been programming in Java since 1999) or done immensely wrong in my job (this comes with either experience or through good instruction). Having said that, I would venture that most of you would suggest I take the full version. If my intention was merely to attain the credential of being a SCJP 6, then I suppose it's "better" to have less questions and just get on with, well, life?

I have the Sierra and Bates book for SCJP 6. I don't think I've actually enjoyed reading a technical book as much as I did this one. Before I knew it, I had gotten through 400+ pages in just three or so days and I still want to come back for more. Where can I find an errata for it, while I have your attention?
Jesper de Jong
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Welcome to JavaRanch!

You can only do the upgrade exam if you're already SCJP certified, but for an older version. If you are not SCJP certified yet, you have to do the full exam.

I guess the only reason for the upgrade exam is to have a special offer for people who are already certified - they can upgrade to the newest version for less money. Are you sure that the cost is the same, as you said?

The content and certificate of both exams is exactly the same, and the certificate will not say anything about whether you did the upgrade or the full exam.
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Sue Chen
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Joined: Dec 26, 2008
Posts: 2
Jesper,

Thanks for your response. I did get the pertinent details for the full and the upgrade exam straight from the Sun website. Links are below with some information summarized (as of this date):

1. Full exam: http://www.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/CX-310-065.xml
  • CX-310-065, $300
  • Number of questions: 72
  • Pass score: 65%(47 of 72 questions)
  • Time limit: 210 minutes


  • 2. Upgrade exam: http://www.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/CX-310-066.xml
  • CX-310-066, $300
  • Number of questions: 48
  • Pass score: 66% (32 of 48 questions)
  • Time limit: 150 minutes



  • If there was a cost differential, I would gladly take the upgrade exam.

    What have others done, when having to choose between full exam or upgrade exam, out of curiosity?

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    nav katoch
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    Joined: May 02, 2008
    Posts: 246

    Hi Sue,

    I will prefer upgrade. Prepare for full exam and take the upgrade per my opinion. As you know that there is less time and less number of questions to attempt. I don't like to sit that long.

    Good luck for the right decision!!!
    Jesper de Jong
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    Ok, even if the cost is the same, if you're already SCJP certified, take the upgrade exam. In the end, your SCJP certificate will not be any different whether you take the full exam or the upgrade exam.
     
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