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Which SCJP exam?

 
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Hi all,

I unfortunately failed my SCJP exam some time back (by literally a few marks). I have now have the opportunity to do my SCJP certification in the next coming weeks.

My query is this - which version of the exam should I take? The new SCJP 5.0 or the 1.4 exam? Whilst one would think the newer should be better, this may not be the case it may not be used in industry much at the moment. I have also heard that the newer exam is tougher.

If I do the SCJP 1.4, I will have to do this on my own. If I do the newer exam I will get to attend a workshop on this that lasts around 10-14 days.
Whilst I know that attending a workshop is better. The material/syllabus already covered by me previously in the 1.4 workshop is going to be familiar to me.

Your thoughts please.....


Thanks, V.
 
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I think it really depends on the time you have.
If you're not in a hurry, I think you should study for 5.0.
This requires some more work, because there are so many new features in 5.0.

I have passed 1.4 last year, but I do want to get the 5.0 update.
I think that it's interesting to know more about the new stuff, even if you don't use it at work.

By the way, there's a new book out this month, by Katherine Sierra and Bert Bates :
SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 5 Study Guide (Exam 310-055)
Good luck.
 
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Hi,

Is there much from the 1.4 exam that is in the 5.0 exam? And is it the case that the topics have been replaced?

How will the 5.0 exam affect me if I am to use technologies like struts etc?
 
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Depends. Say if you want SCJP for you resume in a short timeframe, then do the 1.4. You can always do the upgrade exam later, though this route cost a bit more.
If you have time and have the inclination to learn the new stuff now, then try for the 5.0.
Also remember that the 5.0 exam covers more materials, test time is longer, and requires a higher mark to pass.
 
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