I'm planning to take SCEA exam, I've been preparing for it for a while now. when I visited prometric website to register for the exam, I saw a big scary red warning that citizens of certain countries "which applies to me" are not allowed to register to the exam using a voucher. in my case I'm planning to register through the website using my credit card. I contacted prometric but no one answered me and I contacted Oracle but again no one replied.
for my other exams, I used to buy a voucher from Sun before registering for the exam and this was the only option. but now the exam registration can be done with or without a voucher.
by the way: when I needed vouchers, they used to say something similar: 'if you are a citizen of one of these countries, we'll need to check(or something like that) before we send you the voucher" and every time they sent me a confirmation that I can take the exam and they sent me the voucher.
for the record: I talked to Prometric today and they said that it's ok for me to register to the exam outside my country using a credit card that was not issued from my country. this is a clear answer for my situation.
today I took the exam and I passed scoring 67% as a result, I know that this is not a great score but considering the preparation that I've got and the resources that I've read, but I passed and that what matters for me the most.
thank you all for the questions and ideas that are spread all over the forum. these were very helpful.
I'll take a two weeks break and then start the second step.
Being certified is like being pregnant - you either are or you are not. It's not a matter of 'percent.' And you ARE my friend (certified, not pregnant.)
I always advise people to take the exam early, even if they don't feel overly confident. They often pass, but perhaps with not the highest score. But then they realize that studying just to get a higher score doesn't make much sense if the goal is to get certified. Now you can move on to other pursuits and gain even more skills and certs.