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Charles Layman

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I recently passed the SCJP with a score of 91% and put thought the score high enough to merit a mention on my resume. But I was wondering what the JR crowd thinks is a high/low enough score to be included/excluded on a resume. I've done some searching on google and haven't come across any real consensus of what is considered a good score on the exam. Obviously passing the exam at all is an achievement, however, passing the exam with and 85% is obviously better than a 55%. So I guess my questions to the JR crowd are:

1. When is the score high enough to be included on your resume?
2. How often has the topic of certification scores come up during your interview experience?
3. Do you believe your score made a real difference in your chances of gaining employment or is simply passing the exam enough?

Charles Layman
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SCJP 1.4
SCWCD 1.4( planned)
SCBCD 1.3 (planned)
I've been using java for about 4 years now and finally decided to go for the SCJP. Picked up the Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027) book by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates and study for about a month. Used the whizlab exam simulator for about 2 weeks before the exam, which seemed to be a bit harder than the real thing but did do a fairly decent job of preparing for the exam in general and pointing out the objectives I need to work on. Overall, I wouldn't say that taking the exam has made me a better Java programmer, but it has made me more aware of the various little intricacies that I usually depended on the compiler to slap me upside the head when I violated.
16 years ago