I'm gonna do the 310-035 (SCJP1.4) exam, afterwards I want to head straight for the SCPJ5 which means 310-055 or 310-056. 310-056 is an upgrade exam. Does anybody know about it? Made any experience? Is there a special literature for the upgrade exam knowledge? Or would you recommend the new book from K&B for SCJP5? Are there chapters only for the upgrade? Is it better to do the whole 310-055, not only the upgrade?
I used the new S&B SCJP book. It covers everything in the exam. Unfortunatly, it does not have any notation in the tests or chapters regarding what is included in the upgrade vs the full exam with the exception of the objectives.
I printed out objectives for both and then lined out the objectives not on the upgrade test. I kept this list with my book and was thereby able to skip one full chapter and a few sections of the book. However, it doesn't help you to know which test questions to skip because the objectives are only listed with the test answers.
The CD that comes with the book is a pile of junk. Lots of typos and at least one wrong answer.
The only reason I can think of to do the full exam rather than the partial is if you are really good at the things that are not on the partial exam. This would give you more easy questions.
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