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A bit exploration of Pearson vs. Prometric

 
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I'm currently struggling about the registration of SCJP5.0.
Here is some recent exploration of the 2 exam agencies.
There are 2 types of SCJP5.0, 310-055 and 212-055, to my understanding, the first is open to everyone, the later is the so-called SAI version, and they should have the identical certification.

Pearson VUE only offers 212-055 ($60), I tried the online registration procedure, up to the page of order confirmation (billing information already provided), there was NO check as to whether I was a student from a SAI institution. During the procedure, there is a step asking for voucher/coupon, but it is optional, and if leave that blank, it just asks the user to pay $60 by credit card.

Prometric offers both 310-055($200) and 212-055($150).
If choose 310-055, then at some point, it asks for a voucher number, and that is mandatory. No voucher number, no next step. The voucher is sold here.

If choose 212-055, it also asks for a voucher/coupon at some point, but that's optional, if leave that blank, it still lets you go to the next step which asks you to pay $150 by credit card. I'm wondering if the user does obtain a SAI voucher from his institution and provides the number, whether the $150 will be reduced or completely waived.

It seems neither of the two agencies verifies the SAI eligibility, at least during the online registration. Also, I don't see any statement says the exam taker needs to bring any evidence to the exam site to show that he is a
student from SAI program.

P.S. the registration trial above is based on the same exam center in US.

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[ October 08, 2007: Message edited by: keikikeiki ]
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"keikikeiki", please check your private messages. You can see them by clicking My Private Messages.
 
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some follow up.

I submitted my infomation here and was issued a E-voucher.
http://sunregistration.onlinefocus.com/products-n-solutions/edu/programs/sai/vouchers/

I tried both Prometric and Pearson.
When I used the one for Prometric and tried to register, it showed $90 discount, asking for $60.
If I applied the one for Pearson during the registration, no difference, still asking for $60.

The bottom line, by using the E-voucher, Prometric and Pearson cost the same.
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Hi Keiki,

Is this kind of rebate Sun is offering. I purchased exam voucher for USD 200. What is this USD 60 now. Did Sun cut down its prices ?
 
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"SAI" means "Sun Academic Initiative". I don't know the details, but it sounds like this is a special program for people at academic institutions, such as students. So if you're not a student, then you probably have to pay the full $200 instead of $60.

See http://www.sun.com/products-n-solutions/edu/programs/sai/
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