# SCEA5 upgrade exam - wrong pass score on SUN site?

Jim Janssens

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posted 6 years ago

Next monday I'm taking the SCEA5 upgrade exam.

However, while reading the SUN certification site I got confused when looking at the pass scores.

The pass score for the normal part I (so 310-052) is 57%

http://www.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/CX-310-052.xml states: Pass score: 57% (37 out of 64 questions)

Thats all good, if you calculate the percentage, you will see that 37 out of 64 is indeed 57% (rounded)

The exam I'm taking is another exam, since its the upgrade so its: 310-053

http://www.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/CX-310-053.xml states this: Pass score:

First : why is the pass score for the upgrade exam that high compared to the normal part I?

And most importantly: what is going on with that percentage? --->

60% seems more reasonable and more close to the normal part I

It seems that there is a higher chance that their is a typo in the percentage on their site (so 60% instead of 70%) then a typo in the number of correct questions: if you take 39 out of 48 you get 81%.

I was thinking it could had something to do with the individual weigth of the questions or so, but then again, if you check the percentage of the normal part I , its correct: 37 out of 64 is indeed 57% (while 39 out of 48 is not 70%)

Can anyone confirm that it is indeed 60% rather then 70% ?

However, while reading the SUN certification site I got confused when looking at the pass scores.

The pass score for the normal part I (so 310-052) is 57%

http://www.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/CX-310-052.xml states: Pass score: 57% (37 out of 64 questions)

Thats all good, if you calculate the percentage, you will see that 37 out of 64 is indeed 57% (rounded)

The exam I'm taking is another exam, since its the upgrade so its: 310-053

http://www.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/CX-310-053.xml states this: Pass score:

**70%**(29 of 48 questions)First : why is the pass score for the upgrade exam that high compared to the normal part I?

And most importantly: what is going on with that percentage? --->

**29 out of 48 is 60% and NOT 70%**60% seems more reasonable and more close to the normal part I

It seems that there is a higher chance that their is a typo in the percentage on their site (so 60% instead of 70%) then a typo in the number of correct questions: if you take 39 out of 48 you get 81%.

I was thinking it could had something to do with the individual weigth of the questions or so, but then again, if you check the percentage of the normal part I , its correct: 37 out of 64 is indeed 57% (while 39 out of 48 is not 70%)

Can anyone confirm that it is indeed 60% rather then 70% ?

Hong Anderson

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posted 6 years ago

You could e-mail to Sun. Sun did it again about wrong information on their website.

I think it should be 60%

I think it should be 60%

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Jim Janssens

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