Since majority of the test takers are Indians (70% I would guess), Sun will do all of us good by decreasing the exam cost !!! Rs 7200 is quite a big amount in India, and students/non-working people cannot afford it!!
Periodically Sun has offered discounts. Recently they were running a 10% discount campaign on the exams.
All certification exams are expensive whether they be Microsoft, Oracle, Sun, PMI, ISACA or ISC2 exams. I would think that you need to weigh the benefit of investing the amount in certification vis-a-vis the "market-value" once you have the certification. And don't forget that the cost of certification includes the investment in training courses and study materials that you need to purchase.
But like any test, it should be expensive enough to discourage multiple tries - that you should be taking it when you feel you're really ready, instead of taking pot-shots on a whim.
Let's face a fact - certification isn't (generally) a requirement, but something nice to have to show that you know what you're doing. It's not like the bar exam or other licensing exams for professions that require some kind of professional licensing... it's an exam that demonstrates your knowledge in a software field.
And compared to other things, the Sun exams are prices no more or less expensive than many other software exams. (At least in the States, the SCJP exam is $150 normally - most IBM tests are around that, the Zend PHP and MySQL exams are $200 each, for example.) If money's an issue, and you don't think that your employer (either current or potential) will make it financially worth your while to get the certification... then that's something you should factor in to the decision pro/con getting it.
Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
I definetely think that you need to pass this exam in order to be taken seriously as a Java programmer. I will pass SCJP 1.4 this year (hopefully) and move on to other fields of J2EE. Without this certificate a lot of people have to pass a test most of the times easier than the SCJP exam but anyhow a test that prooves that you are a well -prepared Java programmer in order to get the job. I currently got the programmer job by passing such a test but not at the first try and not where I wanted . You have ONE try when you get employed but you can try to pass SCJP three times a year and the SCJP is now permanent
Better, faster, lighter Java ... you mean Ruby right ?
SCEA5,SCBCD1.3,SCWCD5,SCJP1.4 - memories from my youth.
I suspect shankar's guess of 70% Indian candidates is probably an under-estimate. I have been tracking the exam for many years and based on the crude metric of names, people of Indian origin form a very large percentage of candidates.
It is difficult to give a real view on the cost in terms of spending money in India as I am sure that other relative costs are very, very different. However it is probably best to compare with other Industry standard certifications and I believe that the Sun exam compares well. In addition the Sun exam is well thought out.
This is unlike at least one commercial exam for a programming environment where I had a question about what shortcut keys were required to bring down the tools menu. Hmm, who needs understanding when you can demonstrate a functioning menory
I definetely think that you need to pass this exam in order to be taken seriously as a Java programmer.
I don't think that's a global axiom. There are a variety of opinions on the value of an SCJP cert, with a rough correlation between valence and geography. [ November 09, 2005: Message edited by: Steve Morrow ]