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Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi
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I'm signed up for the 1.4 beta exam, but I was just wondering how much of a difference it makes to be certified.
Just to let you know I'm studying Computer Engineering so when I graduate will the certification(assuming that I pass) do a whole lot for me?
The main reason why I'm taking the test is because its free and just so I know where I stand.
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Hi Ibrahim
While your question could be answered by any of the certification forums, your question on the Beta 1.4 exam is specific to the Programmer Certification.
Therefore I am moving this thread to the Programmer Certification Forum.
You will find that you will get more responses there, it gets a lot more traffic there, and you will get responses from people currently studying for the exam and those that have already passed.
Thanks
Mark
 
Corey McGlone
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Ibrahim,
Well, taking the exam surely won't hurt you in the job market, that's for sure. Some employers look for that - especially if you're going to be a Java developer primarily for them. As the software engineering market has gone "down the tubes" in the last year, being certified coming out of college might help you set yourself apart from your classmates a little. (Of course, this probably won't make up for flunking calculus, so keep going to class! )
If nothing else, taking this exam will set you up to go after the Java Developer's Exam.
I hope that helps,
Corey
 
Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi
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If nothing else, taking this exam will set you up to go after the Java Developer's Exam.

Is there a difference between the test that I'm taking and the one you are referring to? Besides the fact that I'm taking the beta? If I pass they will still give me a certificate.
 
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You are taking the Programmer Certification. The Developer Certification is very different.
 
Sayed Ibrahim Hashimi
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What is the difference in the two exams?
I guess that would explain why I posted this in the wrong forum.
Thanks.
 
Corey McGlone
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Originally posted by Ibrahim Hashimi:
What is the difference in the two exams?
I guess that would explain why I posted this in the wrong forum.
Thanks.

The programmer certification exam is to test that you understand how the Java language functions and that you correctly understand the syntax and semantics of the language. The exam consists of 59 multiple choice/fill in the blank questions.
The developer exam has a prerequisite that you must have completed the programmer exam before proceeding. The developer exam requires you to develop a Java application using solid design principles and implementation techniques. There is also a follow-up exam which consists of a few essay questions in which you discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your design decisions and implementation.
As the Programmer Certification is required prior to starting the Developer Certification, I suppose this would be the place to start!
Corey
 
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