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What the exam entails

 
paul wheaton
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I have not tried to study for this baby. My understanding is that you shell out about $400 and download an assignment. I've heard that it takes most people about two weeks full time to complete the assignment. You then upload the assignment to sun, shell out a hundred bucks more and take a test explaining why you did what you did. This last part verifies that you did, indeed, write the program.
What did I leave out?

 
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Going to http://suned.sun.com/usa/cert_test.html and clicking on <em>Sun Certified Developer for the Java[tm] Platform (Java 2)</em>, I see it says "The candidate should be able to view the score in the certification database within 3-4 weeks."
So.. after you are done, you have to wait for about 3-4 weeks to see if you passed. Although I understand the delay, it's a different feeling than the instant feedback of success the SCJP gave me.
 
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Do you have to have passed SCJP before you can try the SCJD?
 
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I think they needed some sort of candidate number before I could download the assignment. Part of that was checking that I had passed the SCJP.
 
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Frank, are you doing the SCJD now?
 
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Er, theoretically, although my application may have timed out. I passed my SCJP well over a year ago, and downloaded the SCJD 1.1 assignment a few months later. Since then I've changed jobs, had a second child and so on, so it never made it up to top priority. I'm in two minds whether to try and complete SCJD 1.1 or to go for SCJP 1.2 and then SCJD 1.2.
Given that I'm also doing a masters degree by distance learning at the moment, I'm not sure if it might be too much work.
And I still find time to answer questions here? Amazing!
 
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Hi,
I am SCJP 1.1 and am planning on going for the Developer title. Can I do SCJD 2 or am I forced to stick with SCJD 1.1? I've got that impression from the previous post.
Thanks.
 
Frank Carver
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As far as I understand it, if you have SCJP of any version you can attempt SCJD of any version. The only reason I'm thinking about taking the 1.2 SCJP is to show potential clients that I'm "up to date" with Java.
It's really a question for Sun, though.
 
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Originally posted by Frank Carver:
As far as I understand it, if you have SCJP of any version you can attempt SCJD of any version. The only reason I'm thinking about taking the 1.2 SCJP is to show potential clients that I'm "up to date" with Java.
It's really a question for Sun, though.

I checked they just want you to be SCJP
 
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