This week's book giveaway is in the Java 9 forum. We're giving away four copies of Java 9 Modularity: Patterns and Practices for Developing Maintainable Applications and have Sander Mak & Paul Bakker on-line! See this thread for details.
What advantages are there to taking the SCJA before SCJP?
posted 11 years ago
You dont need to know as much java, so in a way you could regard it as a stepping stone.
It will help you to get used to Suns tests, which can sometimes be counterintuitive ("which 2 of the following are not true", rather than which are, etc.).
It is a much broader exam, whereas SCJP is about syntax and low level bit calculations, SCJA is a higher level qualification, dealing with how java should be used, when J2EE (or whatever sun is now calling it, JEE5?) is appropriate etc.