To upgrade myself from scjp1.4 to scjp5, can I go for the regular scjp5 exam or should I take only the upgrade exam?? Also, is the upgrade exam harder than the regular exam?? [ April 24, 2006: Message edited by: Shankar Iyer ]
Why shouldn't you? AFAIK you won't loose your existing 1.4 cert if you fail either the upgrade exam or the full exam, but don't quote me on that (I've experienced exams where you'd loose your grade on another exam if you failed it in the past...).
I have yet to see something about losing your cert if you fail the upgrade. I'd suspect that you just don't get the new version's certification - the upgrade was concentrated (I took it) on questions that featured the differences between 1.4 and 5.0 (per what John said).
I'd say go for the upgrade.
Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
The full exam is almost 3 hours long. The upgrade exam is 1.75 hours long. Both exams have the same passing percentage grade. Unless you enjoy taking tests, the upgrade seems a better choice. And it narrows the topics that you need to remember to only new 1.5 stuff.