Here is from the e-mail I got from Sun's Troia Parson [Troia.Parson@central.sun.com]: Hello, October 4 2000 (is the date to start new test---added by VW) Frequently Asked Questions for Revised Programmer 2 exam.
Q-Are the testing objectives different? A- No. There may be some minor revisions for clarification but the testing objectives will remain basically the same. We are still testing the same subject matter Q-Does the new exam cover the jdk 1.3? A-There are no changes to the core programming language that we test on the programmer exam. Q-Is the new exam more difficult? A-We have made every effort to keep the level of difficulty consistent with the original Java 2 exam.
Q-Why is the pass score different? A-To insure the level of difficulty is the same we needed to adjust the pass score for the revised exam.
Q-What is a Borderline Survey? A-There is now a survey at the beginning of the exam called a Borderline. This survey allows us to collect information on the candidate's experience as a programmer. That information is used to determine how are exams are performing. In short, it allows us to create and maintain the highest standard in our examinations. Giving honest answers to this survey is essential. Q- What are the new Certification requirements? A-Certification requirements - Candidates must take one knowledge-based exam: Prometric test number: 310-025 Exam type: Multiple choice/Free Response Number of questions: 59 Passing score: 61% Pre-requisites: None Time limit: 90 minutes Recommended price: $150.00
Maybe they want more people to pass the exam? Maybe the exam has more questions on IO streams and sockets? The beta exam maybe was more difficult and they want the pass to fail ratio the same with the reg. java 1.2 and 1.1 and 1.0 tests?
Or It maybe a combo of all 3 ? Has anyone taken a 1.1 or 1.2 test and has also taken the beta a month or 2 ago and what do you think?
Actually, I did catch the time limit thinking that it may be the lone contributor. However, after taking about 20 mock exams thus far and using (usually) about an hour to complete it, I figured it may have been only a small factor. But hey, if that is the only reason for the 10% drop in the passing score, I actually feel a little more relieved. ;-) Regards, SP