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Why so many people go for scjp 1.4 exam?

 
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As we know SCJP 5.0 (030-055) is available and the books, at least two different version, for scjp 5.0 are also available, why so many people are still go for scjp 1.4?

I took the new one today. I'm very happy I have passed it although the score is only 70%.
 
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Congrats Zhou,

It's a really hard exam!

Bert
 
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Thanks for Bert Bates, You are my hero. I admire you so much. will you write a book for SCJD. If you do, another very popular book wiil be on market. Any new books about java are you writing?
 
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Congratulations!

You are right about the preparation materials that are available now for SCJP 5.0.

The primary arguments for taking SCJP 1.4 that I know of are:
  • It is a lot easier. I took SCJP 1.4 in 2002 or 2003 and got 96 %. My skills are 100 times higher now, but in mock exams from whizlabs I get less than 80 % for SCJP 5.0.
  • It is said that the questions are ambiguous, as a consequence to the new "performance based" style. The 1.4 questions are quite directly based on the JLS and API specification. Thus what is right and wrong in SCJP 1.4 is objective.


  • Most people are not aware of the difficulty of SCJP 5.0, so they don't give you the deserved credit for passing it. I sometimes meet people who are nagging about my SCWCD 1.4 score of 88 %, claiming that most people get over 90 % there, often 100 %. Apparently they get it confused with the old SCWCD exam.

    I still think that SCJP 5.0 is the better long term investment. SCJP 1.4 will slowly start to loose its value as soon as it cannot be taken any more. My impression is that such an IT certification looses half of its value within 5 - 8 years, starting at the day when it cannot be taken any more. As a potential employer, I would give you quite some credit for having SCJP 5.0 even today, because it is very useful to have someone on the team who is fluent in the most important JLS and API changes in Tiger. Being up to date rather than doing things the 2005-way is considered an important attribute of an IT-professional. The full advantage of knowing the new Tiger features is yet to arrive with EJB 3.0.

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