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Java Experince: a pre-requisite to SCJP 5.0 or not??

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Hey Guys,
I attempted the SCJP 5.0 exam in June 2007, but unfortunately couldn't clear it off. A month later I landed up in my first job and since then have been working on jsp , javascript etc.. but haven't worked on Core Java yet.

My question is how much job experience in core java, if at all is required to pass the exam? Well SUN rceommends atleast 6 months.

I have attempted once without any experience and faced the failure, and now have waited almost 4 months to get any work on core java. Its frustrating me as i am loosing my knowledge on core java.

Shall i start preparation again myself, without any job experience?
Please suggest!!
Sorry for the long mail!!
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I don't think work experience is mandatory to clear SCJP. But practical knowledge in java does help.
I am a 3rd year ECE student and cleared the exam on the 16th of this month.
I believe writing a lot of codes will help a lot even if one does not have any work experience.
Whatever mentioned above is solely my point of view.I might be (horribly) wrong.
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I agree with Rahul. You do need Java experience, but you don't need Java work/professional experience. Work experience does help, of course. But it's not at all essential. I too know college students who took and passed the SCJP without any professional experience.
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Why don't you look at the SCJA exam, the new entry level certification. It might be a good place to start.

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