I have read the differences between the two exams from the Sun website. I am hoping to spice up my resume a bit with a Sun Certification. I have yet to work in programming professionally (hence the resume spicing), and had initially thought of taking the SCJA. I have bought and read the SCJA study guide from Cameron Mackenzie, which was great.
However, I went to register and was a bit concerned about the cost of the exam and the cost of using the test center ($100 for the test, then $150 for exam location? Yikes). I have to consider costs since I don't have some corporation financing my certifications, assuming any ever do, that is. So I got to wondering, since I would eventually take the SCJP later, maybe I should just bite the bullet and take it. So my question is, and I'm not sure how one could quantify it, how much more difficult is the SCJP than the SCJA? Is it recommended someone with no professional experience take it? I didn't see any prerequisites on Sun's site in terms of work experience for the SCJP while other exams do specify some.