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Marcelo Ortega
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im just wondering how long i have to do the SCJD application?
i know there is no time limit, but if i were to buy the exam vouchers (plz correct me if this isnt like SCJP with vouchers), do i actually have one year to use them?

Or is it that you sign up and when you are ready then you pay?

i am saying this because i plan on taking advantage of the 25% discaount?

Can someone plz explain this, Thanx.
 
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Hi Marzo,

This is so frequently asked that we have put in the JavaRanch SCJD FAQ.

Basically:
  • Some Sun Education centers allow you to purchase the assignment and the exam separately - others do not
  • There is no time limit on the assignment.
  • The assignment should be handed in before you sit the exam. The exam should be done within a few days of handing in the exam.
  • Different countries have different rules on how long an exam voucher is valid for. Some state you must register for an exam within 3 months, others that you must register for an exam within a year.
  • Most Prometric sites (where you sit for the exam) allow you to register up to a year in advance.
  • Most Prometric sites allow you to defer at least once, usually for the same period of time as per point 5


  • If we assume that you purchase today a voucher that is valid for 12 months (see point 3), then before the 12 June 2006 you must register for your exam. If we assume that you are allowed to register for the exam up to 12 months (see point 5) before you sit for it, then you could register for an exam on 12 June 2007. If you then defer the exam (see point 6) for a further 12 months, then you would be sitting for the exam on the 12 June 2008.

    Of course, if the Sun Education center in your country allows you to purchase the assignment and exam separately then you could purchase the assignment today, and not even purchase the exam until 12 June 2010

    Bottom line: It all depends on the rules of Sun Education and/or Prometric in your country.

    Regards, Andrew
     
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    Hi Marzo
    ... but if i were to buy the exam vouchers (plz correct me if this isnt like SCJP with vouchers) ...
    Ooops, forgot to address that point

    You do not need a voucher for the assignment, as it is handled directly by Sun. You pay your money and get given instructions on how to download the assignment (the site where you download the assignment is also listed in our FAQ, but you wont be able to download until you purchase the assignment).

    You need a voucher for the exam, as Prometric run the exams.

    Regards, Andrew
     
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    Thanx a billion Andrew. You've really cleard things up 4 me.

    Cheers, Marzo.
     
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    Oh, one more question. I read in K&B (the introduction in SCJD section) that there is no time limit but we must complete the assigment in the period of 18 months after the version of the platform (i.e J2SE 1.4) has been released, and that the specification could change?

    Is this true?
     
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    By the way Andrew, "up the aussies"
    (thats a good thing where i'm from (sydney))

    I'm actually from Sydney living in Spain (and i miss the land downunder)!

    Cheers, Marzo!
     
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    Hi Marzo,

    The assignment you deliver must "work under a production (not development) version of the Sun Microsystems' Java 2 platform and that platform must not have been superseded by a new production version for more than 18 months by the time you make your submission." (from the instructions)

    So you can develop using any version of the JDK you like, and take as long as you like to do it, but when you do finally submit it, you should check that your version of the JDK has not been superseded by more than 18 months, and if it has, just make sure it can be compiled and run in a later version of the JDK.

    Regards, Andrew

    P.S. Must get my bio updated. I was working in Shanghai for the last 6 months, but have just come back to Melbourne for a while.
     
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