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With respect to your question: You already have a considerable number of certifications, so I expect you have a sense of what benefits these might bring. You could probably pass the SCJA exam with little or no preparation, but you obviously don't need this certification... So I really don't know. Why exactly are you interested in this exam?
Was your purpose solved by taken them? Did they help you anyway? Did they make you feel good? Did they help you in getting a job? Did they help you in your job?
Also, think about what is your expectation after you pass the exam?
Originally posted by Chih-Hsien Wang:
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I think most of the responses here are saying the same thing: Given your other certifications, the SCJA certification probably wouldn't be worth it to you at this point professionally, but you might have personal reasons to add another certification to your list. If that's the case, then you are the only one who can say whether it's worth it. It's not an expensive exam, and it might be interesting...
SCJD is a good certification - very involved.
Be patient. Sun is a big company, and sometimes, despite everyone's honest efforts, things do fall through the cracks. Politely get back to Sun about the delay, and you'll find someone that'll take your concerns seriously.
The SCJA is an overview and it helps to get from being overwhelmed, but since you have so many advanced certifications, you probably don't need the certification, but the book is good reading to see the "big picture".
[ April 03, 2007: Message edited by: Kaydell Leavitt ]
Originally posted by Khaled Mahmoud:
...if you decide to go for SCJD you will have to face the possibility that you will never get your grade as happened with me. I have been waiting for more two months and there is no grade till this moment
I can't speak for Sun, but I understand there is often a delay in getting SCJD results, and I've heard that Sun is working to improve this. So patience is probably the best thing for now.
Don't fret about the book. The whole point of the free resources is to help out everyone, regardless of how deep their pockets are. It's just great to know they were helpful.
When you're a rich and famous Java Project Manager, maybe you can charge a few copies to your corporate credit card.
SCJA is not a prerequisite for SCJP, but it is a great stepping stone, and if you're new to Java, or just want a good confidence builder, not to mention another set of initials on your resume, it's a great exam to go after.
As far as exams and certifications, sometimes you can go overboard on getting certifications. If it's more about having another bullet point on your resume instead of expanding your knowledge, it won't mean much.
Some potential employers will start to wonder if you actually do anything other than prepare for tests.
That's a bad attitude to have for a career in IT. Heck, for any career for that matter. While you can go overboard with doing too much and not getting anything in return, the fact is, in today's world, it is a bad bad thing to have the attitude of "This isn't in my job description so I won't do it."