Just passed the SCJP/OCP with 88% after a heavy week of revision (brought the exam a year ago but the voucher never arrived for 3 months by which I had no time available to book it in). I completed a 4 year course in software engineering last year so it was mostly a refresher, thankfully, although practice tests proved several mistakes in my knowledge.
I planned to do the SCJD certificate over the next 12 months, but just read about Oracles new August 1st requirements. I have no intent what so ever, to go on a £2000+ (+ VAT & + accommodation expenses) course, about concepts I already proved in my SCJP exam.
I am currently doing a full time job, with a Level 7 research degree in computing, and Level 5 degree in management at the same time. So as you can guess my time is tight, and that excludes personal commitments. I should probably mention my Job involves C# (Applications), and attempts at C++ (Drivers), Embedded C (firmware), and on the rare occasions android's version of Java. So these won't really help with learning knowledge for the exam or assignment.
Given we have less than 3 months until this deadline, do you think its possible to complete it with my current commitments. I have got confirmation from Oracle if you resubmit due to a fail then you need to take the instructor course, so its not even worth buying and failing on the first try to attempt it again later. So that is not an option which I had originally considered.
My initial feelings are its not worth the stress of trying to get it done, and just wait for oracle to drop the course requirements in the future once they have reached their senses. I do not think its worth the risk of failing my other degrees to get the SCJD cert.
Any advice on my initial feelings about whether to bother with it.
Thanks for the reply, I have read the topic you suggested about someone in the same boat. I can do designs quickly, but time to implement and test does take quite a while.
p.s. Just read your SCJP6 topic, I do know that a float formatted with %b is true. Only because of one of the online mock tests, I too assumed it was a runtime exception. That question was on my exam last week, so i knew the answer. Mock test was here - http://scjptest.com/ . In fact 3 of the questions from this site appeared in my exam.
I should probably mention I do have a £3500 training budget, yes (£) not ($). But I won't waste it on a pointless Oracle course. I'm now looking at the MCSD as self study, ~£600 for the materials + exams. Until they drop the *hands-on* *cough* requirement I am not interested. I've just had 4 years of instructor led Java at university for an accredited course.