You only pay Sun. Any payments to Prometric are made by Sun, not by you. The upgrade exam is for people who have already attained certification under one of the SCJP certification programs prior to SCJP 5 who wish to be SCJP 5 certified.
You should be given a printed report with your score and an indication if you passed, prior to leaving the testing center. Candidates who will be receiving international mail can wait for up to 8 weeks. In my case, I received an email from Sun one day after I passed that instructed me to update or verify my mailing address so that my certification kit could be mailed. I passed the exam last Tuesday and, according to certmanager, the kit was mailed yesterday.
If you search this forum, you will also find experiences of people who are waiting a long time.
You come to know about your test result (including score) immediately after completing the exam. The certificate however comes later after about few weeks to your postal address that you have specified when registering for the exam.
Thanks all. In my case, I am now in the USA. I will going back to my country by the end of July. I want to take the exam here, do you think it's a good idea to take it early here so that I can receive certificates here(faster) before I leave? or take my time and take it here and have my certificate be mailed to my home country? or go to my country and take it there ( a little more expensive)? How long would it take to receive certificate here in the US ?
In your case I'd wait until I was home and take the exam there, just to make sure the mail doesn't end up at your US address. If you already have an address where you're moving to, you might want to give that instead if you do decide to take the exam before you leave, but then you run the risk of the package sitting in your mailbox there for weeks before you see it (which in come countries runs a pretty big risk of the stuff being stolen).
I am sure I'll be home before the package has even been sent. So I think I'll just provide them with my home adress and take the exam here. Now I have to forget about the mail, and concentrate in preparing. Thank you guys !