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SCJP 1.5 or SCJP 1.4

 
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Hi guys, is taking SCJP 1.4 or SCJP 1.5 more recommended? I had comments from friends that 1.4 is easier to pass than 1.5 and that 1.5 has a higher failing rate

yeah and btw, what are the differences between those 2 standards and their objectives? are topics covered in 1.4 also covered in 1.5? For all I know 1.5 introduced new APIs that are not in 1.4. And is 1.4 more accepted than 1.5?

I got the book SCJP Java 5 by Sierra & Bates, is it sufficient just to read this book if I plan to pass the 1.5 exam?
 
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Vivien,

I'm heavily invested in time for the Java 1.4. I'm sure many others are like me. Since I'm not a full-time programmer and I have 1.4 materials, I'll finish the Java 1.4 test.

If you are new to study, then you should go for the Java 1.5. Don't waste your time on the older test.

If you work with the 1.4 and are comfortable, then why not certify 1.4.
Hope this helps.

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B. Harris
 
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Hi Vivien,

I had comments from friends that 1.4 is easier to pass than 1.5 and that 1.5 has a higher failing rate

Now, with the release of SCJP 5 book by KnB, I think it shouldn't be difficult to pass the exam.

what are the differences between those 2 standards and their objectives? are topics covered in 1.4 also covered in 1.5?
Bert gave a summary of the differences here.

I got the book SCJP Java 5 by Sierra & Bates, is it sufficient just to read this book if I plan to pass the 1.5 exam?
It should be sufficient. Some free mocks for 1.5 compiled by the ranchers here.

I fully agree with B.Harris's comment. It really depends on what you want to gain from this certification.

Good luck.

Joyce
[ April 08, 2006: Message edited by: Joyce Lee ]
 
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I have written an article that does some comparisons between the two versions of the exam, you can read about it at.
http://www.examulator.com/moodle/mod/resource/view.php?id=183
 
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