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Importance/Weight of obtaining SCJA Certificate?... and Hi :)

Rob Poulos
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Hey all,

i've been trolling around since December but this is my first post. Back in december i took the SL-110-SE6 Fundamentals of the Java Programming Language course which came with a free exam voucher. luckily i decided to research the exam before taking it because many have said that what's taught in the class doesnt come close to whats actually on the test. After many months of studying off and on ive decided to get my butt in gear. I've scheduled my test for 10/10/2009 which gives me 2 months of dedicated preparation.

getting to my question: What weight does having your SCJA cert hold in the IT industry? is it something that hiring managers will go crazy for? This will be my first certificate and really the only thing that will exist under 'education' on my resume.


SCJA, ITIL V3 Foudation, Studying for SCJP6
Priyanka Tyagi
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Joined: Jan 09, 2007
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Having SCJA certified means that you have good grasp on fundamentals of Java. Importance of certification holds if you have really learnt concepts. Just passing exam will not help you in long run. Though it may bring you good interviews.

Hope this helps you.

-Priyanka
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Having a recognized certification on your resume definitely puts you ahead of the pack when it comes to going into a job interview.

There's also the fact that the SCJA certificate gives you a wider exposure to various technologies than any other exam except SCEA. That makes for an extremely well rounded candidate.

And of course, passing any exam demonstrates your ability to study hard, work through various concepts, and achieve an important goal. That's they type of qualities I like to see in the people I hire.

Is it something that hiring managers will go crazy for?


Many people doing interviews don't know the difference between SCJA, SCEA, SCJP, SCOM and SCFD certifications. It's always important to prepare a quick preamble about why the certification was a worthwhile venture, and what you learned from taking it, and not just at a Java level, but from the perspective of working hard to achieve a goal.

Best of luck on your success! Check out my signature links for some mock SCJA exams and a few books I recommend.

-Cameron McKenzie
Rob Poulos
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thank you for your responses. I cant wait to take this test as this would be my first "official" achievement should i pass. I am definitly going to look into purchasing other Mock exams. I've looked over the ones Sun provided me so many times that ive practically memorized them which really isnt good as it gives me a false sence of complete understanding.

I am also going to ITIL certification and AIX training in October/November. Hope this isnt going to overload me.
Rob Poulos
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Rob Poulos wrote:I cant wait to take this test


HiJacking my own thread I am super pumped right now. I ordered McKenzies SCJA Study Guide and it cleared a bunch of things up for me. Actually, it was the first book i've ever really read and studied front to back... and it only took about 4 days to do too (gotta work you know!). After studying my notes and doing some light reading of CORE Java Fundamentals i decided to retake the practice exams provided by Sun. My previous best on the Practice exams was around 76%. On the first practice exam i scored a 90% (46 of 51 correct) and on the second i scored a 88% (45 of 51 correct). I havent taken the 3rd yet because i havent had time. Of the 11 i got wrong on both practice exams i would say that 8 i got wrong because the wording used was very confusing.. not because i didnt know the answer... I hate it when tests twist words to try and trip you up.

23 days away and counting...
Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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Good luck! And don't be afraid to post some questions in here.
 
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