Based on Bert's comments (remembering that he was one of the people involved in the creation of the exam) SCJA should be much simpler than SCJP.
In your opinion, do you think that when Sun says "the java programming language", this is = to SCJP skills, or more simpler? What I'm now asking is if the SCJA assumes SCJP status or knowledge.
Not really - again, read the FAQ as to why SCJA is different from SCJP / SCJD / ...
On a side note, I question whether the SCJA objectives should have been added to the SCJP, instead of creating a new cert, which would make the SCJP more robust. But, eh, that's American capitalism! ;-)
Have you ever seen a job that asks for someone to only know how to write while loops, know bitwise operations, create functions/classes, etc etc(scjp objectives)??? I never have seen one posted on the Internet, if sucha job has every existed(in America). So as you've really stressed how generic the SCJA is, in contrast to what Sun is trying to promote, is discouraging, but forthcoming which I welcome.
Nobody ever said a highschool diploma alone will get you a programing job, but Sun does explicitly state that their new cert can get you a programming job. These are not my words
Achieving this certification provides clear evidence that a programmer understands the basic syntax and structure of the Java programming language and can create Java technology applications that run on server and desktop systems using J2SE 5.0.