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Change in exam pattern?

Jisha Anand
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Joined: Apr 02, 2009
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Dear All,

I have been preparing for SCWCD (OCPJWCD) for the past few months. I was planning to write the exam in this week. So I called the prometric centre where I had written my previous sun exams to register for the exam today. But I came to know that all the prometric centres have received a mail asking them to block all Sun exams till further notice. I contacted another centre too and the reply they told was that exams will now be conducted by PearsonVue instead of Prometric. They too are not certain when they can conduct the exam next.

I am worried about the impact of this. First I would like to know when this block on the exams will be removed.
Also I would like to know how this affects the current exam pattern ( I am planning to write CX - 083).
I have referred to Head First book & MZ notes & some mock tests for my preparation. Will the same be enough for the exam?


Kindly reply with your valuable knowledge..

Zillion thanks in advance,

Warm Regards,
Jisha



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Piotr Nowicki
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Joined: Jul 13, 2010
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I doubt that the (as you called it) "block" will be removed. It is a part of quite natural process of unification of all Oracle exams. Until now Oracle exams were organised by the Pearson VUE and legacy Sun certificates by Prometric.

Now all Sun certificates will be moved from Prometric to Pearson VUE platform.

I really doubt that this will impact the exam pattern. The exam is not changed at all - only the certification platform is.

I think you should just take a look where are certified Pearson VUE centres near your location and everything will be fine ;-)

Cheers!


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Jisha Anand
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Dear Pedro,

Thanks a lot for the quick reply

This clears my fears

The PearsonVue centre told me about a change in exam code and an increase in the price for voucher. They hope that I will be able to write the exam by 4th June. Fingers crossed, I too wish that happens

Thanks a zillion again.

Warm Regards,
Jisha
Piotr Nowicki
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So good luck Jisha!
Jisha Anand
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Pedro Kowalski wrote:So good luck Jisha!


Thanks a lot for your wishes .
I called up around 10 institutes but only one of those offered to conduct the test . Grabbed the opportunity and wrote the exam at that centre .

I passed the exam with a score of 95%. But I am a bit confused about the score card. It shows that I have a score of 2/3 in TLD section; all the other section shows 100%; but the overall score is 95%. I know the score is not a big thing; but was just wondering what this discrepancy is .

When I had written SCJP, SCBCD too I had a lost a question; but the score was 98

Zillion thanks in advance..

Warm Regards,
Jisha
Piotr Nowicki
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Congratulations Jisha! Great score and great job! :-)

It really looks strange with those percentages you mentioned.

Cheers!
Jisha Anand
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Thanks again Pedro
I asked the centre head about this; but he has no idea & asked me to contact Oracle directly. I wonder whether it is a new change from Oracle; different weightage for different questions or something like that
Kesav Shanmugam
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Joined: Jun 06, 2011
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Jisha Anand wrote:Thanks again Pedro
I asked the centre head about this; but he has no idea & asked me to contact Oracle directly. I wonder whether it is a new change from Oracle; different weightage for different questions or something like that


Hi..
I planned to take SCWCD exam by this weekend..
I need some info help from you.. Is the exam you took had the same pattern questions as in prometric centers..
I have prepared SCWCD Head First and some mock questions (Sun 310 - 083)..
Is that enough? please help me..
I heard the cost of exam is Rs.5845 in prometric centers three weeks back..
Is there any increase in cost in peason vue centers?


Thanks in advance..
Jisha Anand
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Joined: Apr 02, 2009
Posts: 62

Kesav Shanmugam wrote:

Hi..
I planned to take SCWCD exam by this weekend..I need some info help from you.. Is the exam you took had the same pattern questions as in prometric centers..
I have prepared SCWCD Head First and some mock questions (Sun 310 - 083)..
Is that enough? please help me..
I heard the cost of exam is Rs.5845 in prometric centers three weeks back..
Is there any increase in cost in peason vue centers?


Thanks in advance..


Hi Kesav,

Even I had some confusions on the changes. But don't worry. As Pedro has mentioned I too think the exam remains the same as Prometric one. Only the View is changed; the DB remains the same. Head First is more than enough for the exam; just check whether the book you have is the second edition which is updated for 310-083. I had referred to MZ notes too. The mock tests in Head First is great. The changes when the exam changed from Prometric to PearsonVue are as follows:

1. There might be changes in the centre for the exam. The prometric centres don't conduct the test anymore. In my case, I was not able to write the exam where I wrote my SCJP & SCBCD. Instead you have to write the exam in a PearsonVue centre. The past week none of the centres were ready to offer the test; but by this week I think most of them are ready. When I was writing the exam the system did hung up for around 3 times but I was able to resume after a little wait and changing 3 systems :P

2. There is an increase in price. It is 6250 now. But if you have a coupon taken previously then you can use it I think.

3. I am not sure about the scoring policy. My score card shows I have a 100% in all topics except TLDs. But my overall percentage is shown as 95 where as it should be 98. That was how it was for SCJP & SCBCD. The people at the centre were not able to help me on this regard; so may be we check with Oracle directly.

4. There is a change in the exam code which 1ZX0-858 now I think. You can check the PearsonVue/Oracle site to be sure.

5. If you have taken SCJP in Prometric you should merge your score with PearsonVue. The centre said they will mail me on the procedure. Once I get that I will tell you. Otherwise your exam centre will be able to help you for that I think.

These are the only changes I noticed. I hope it helps you.


All the best!!

Warm Regards,
Jisha
Kesav Shanmugam
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Joined: Jun 06, 2011
Posts: 2
Jisha Anand wrote:
Kesav Shanmugam wrote:

Hi..
I planned to take SCWCD exam by this weekend..I need some info help from you.. Is the exam you took had the same pattern questions as in prometric centers..
I have prepared SCWCD Head First and some mock questions (Sun 310 - 083)..
Is that enough? please help me..
I heard the cost of exam is Rs.5845 in prometric centers three weeks back..
Is there any increase in cost in peason vue centers?


Thanks in advance..


Hi Kesav,

Even I had some confusions on the changes. But don't worry. As Pedro has mentioned I too think the exam remains the same as Prometric one. Only the View is changed; the DB remains the same. Head First is more than enough for the exam; just check whether the book you have is the second edition which is updated for 310-083. I had referred to MZ notes too. The mock tests in Head First is great. The changes when the exam changed from Prometric to PearsonVue are as follows:

1. There might be changes in the centre for the exam. The prometric centres don't conduct the test anymore. In my case, I was not able to write the exam where I wrote my SCJP & SCBCD. Instead you have to write the exam in a PearsonVue centre. The past week none of the centres were ready to offer the test; but by this week I think most of them are ready. When I was writing the exam the system did hung up for around 3 times but I was able to resume after a little wait and changing 3 systems :P

2. There is an increase in price. It is 6250 now. But if you have a coupon taken previously then you can use it I think.

3. I am not sure about the scoring policy. My score card shows I have a 100% in all topics except TLDs. But my overall percentage is shown as 95 where as it should be 98. That was how it was for SCJP & SCBCD. The people at the centre were not able to help me on this regard; so may be we check with Oracle directly.

4. There is a change in the exam code which 1ZX0-858 now I think. You can check the PearsonVue/Oracle site to be sure.

5. If you have taken SCJP in Prometric you should merge your score with PearsonVue. The centre said they will mail me on the procedure. Once I get that I will tell you. Otherwise your exam centre will be able to help you for that I think.

These are the only changes I noticed. I hope it helps you.


All the best!!

Warm Regards,
Jisha



Hi Jisha,

Thanks a lot for your detailed and valuable information..
This increases my Confidence to take the exam..

Will post my positive result

Thanks once again..

Regards,
Kesav..

 
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