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S. Thakker
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Joined: Aug 11, 2011
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Hey Guys,

Sorry if this is a silly question, but I just decided I would give the developer exam a go.. however upon further research, I am finding this crazy requirement for courses to certify after Oct 1..... Unfortunately, my company is definately not going to go for training in this economic climate... especially since this training wont really benefit me, but only oracle.... I was wondering if you guys think I could accomplish this thing if I sign up now.... I am a backend java coder, but I do have some minor experience in AWT/Swing, and some experience .net GUI's. The rest of the stuff I am not concerned about... The GUI is the most tedious and time consuming for me...

I would give it a go if I could get a refund if I dont make the deadline, but I am definately not going to pay out of pocket 2k+ for this.... I guess I already know the answer...
Sean Keane
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S. Thakker wrote:I was wondering if you guys think I could accomplish this thing if I sign up now....


Of course it is possible. If you look at the FAQ you will see a suggestion of a minimum of 40 hours for 6 weeks, that's 240hours. You have 7 weeks. So that's 34 hours a week. If you look at the Oracle website it recommends a lot less time.

Whether you can accomplish it? Well, it all depends on how much experience you have coming into the assignment, how much time you are willing to dedicate to doing it, and how much effort you want to put into it. No one can answer those questions only yourself I'm afraid. No one can come up with a timetable for you of how long each part will take.

Why not just give it a go? Give it 100% of your spare time for the next 7 weeks. What's the worst the can happen...


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Roel De Nijs
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Joined: Jul 19, 2004
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Nobody has a view on your schedule and knows how much free time you have and you can put into this assignment. All depends on your experience, the level of perfection you want to pursue (it would take less time to score 320 out of 400 than time needed for a perfect score) and of course the time you are willing to sacrifice for this assignment.

I took about 5 months to finish the certification, but I had to combine it with a full-time job (so only evenings and weekends) and a bit of a social life. When I was developing I was sometimes watching the Champions League, so that's not the most productive combination But there are people who finished their assignment in 1-2 weeks, others took 5-6 months.

This forum is an excellent resource and I think you can find every possible question you might have already posted and answered. And if you can't find the answer or you still have doubts, just start a new thread and share your question/doubts.

And maybe Oracle extends the deadline another time (they already did that once, 1st deadline was August 1, 2011)

Good luck!


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S. Thakker
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Joined: Aug 11, 2011
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Thanks guys.... I guess your right. I am going to give it a go... Going to sign up now.. At the very least, I will learn something during the process and hopefully it will motivate me to learn some new things and apply them in my position. Thanks for your time.. Now only if Oracle would make it easy to sign up for the test...

I have to say the oracle site is just a bunch of garbage...
S. Thakker
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Joined: Aug 11, 2011
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Sorry for another question... But I see when trying to sign up for the developer test, it asks for your prometric info. If you dont have your score report, and have not logged on to suncert, can you still sign up for the test?
Roel De Nijs
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Normally you have already done the SCJP / OCPJP certification, because that's a must-have before you can take any other certification. So I would guess you have that information somewhere...
 
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