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Just where to start from for a SCJD?
Hi all,
I have just passed the SCJP6 exam and now want to go for the SCJD certification. Should I buy the project first OR first do some reading and research? Thanks in advance for advice.
Hi Hafeez,

Welcome to the Javaranch!

I think it's up to you what you do. For the SCJD you have unlimited time, so you can buy it already or wait until you have did some reading and researching. Make sure if you buy it now, that you only buy the voucher to download the assignment and not the voucher to take the essay exam, because the vouchers must be used before certain time so you would have a time limitation (because the validity of such a voucher can't be extended)

Kind regards and good luck!
You might for starting give the scjd-faq a read: it contains lot of valuable info about the scjd-exam.

You'll find it here: http://faq.javaranch.com/java/ScjdFaq
Hi Hafeez,

The SCJD can be challenging depending on your background and goal. The assignment is really Swing and Socket/RMI. Everything else comes down to common sense and your interpretation of the requirements.

Just to correct Roel's post about the time limit, it has changed to 1 year for the assignment. I know this because I started mine just before Xmas 08 and I got 1-year limit.

I suggest do some reading on Swing and Socket/RMI. Do some code to test out how Swing events work. Learn about RMI.

When you buy the voucher, it depends on how much time you have. Doing the assignment during free time or as if it is a full time job is totally different depends on your background. Hope this helps.
K Tsang,

From the official SCJD-pages found at http://www.sun.com/training/catalog/courses/CX-310-252A.xml:

  • Delivered at: CertManager database
  • Prerequisites: Must be Sun Certified Programmer for the Java Platform (any edition)
  • Other exams/assignments required for this certification: Step 2 (CX-310-027)
  • Exam type: Programming assignment
  • Number of questions: N/A
  • Pass score: 320 points out of 400 possible points *
  • Time limit: None

  • Kind regards,
    Yes refer to this earlier thread for the time limit discussion I started.
    I checked the mail i received (about 1.5 years ago) and nothing is mentioned about a time limit, so it's something of the last year.

    And i think if they change their policy about duration, they have to change it everywhere (and certainly on their official scjd-page where you can purchase the exam)

    If they complain that i took too much time on the assignment, i'll become a .net developer instead

    Hi all,

    Does anyone know when onwards the timelimit for the assignment submission was made 1 yr.

    I downloaded my assignment in Dec 2008. I was wondering if there was a time limit of 1 yr or is my assignment still valid.



    Hafeez Rehman wrote:Hi all,
    I have just passed the SCJP6 exam and now want to go for the SCJD certification. Should I buy the project first OR first do some reading and research?

    Since the new 1-year policy applied, I think it is better to prepare first and then download the assignment.

    Good Luck !!!

    Jeffry Kristianto Yanuar (Java Instructor) SCJP 5.0, SCJA, SCJD (UrlyBird 1.3.2)

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