I have not uploaded my assignment yet. But this exam is available for selection on the Pearson VUE website. I was able to get as far as the payment page.
The reason I am asking is because the FAQ page on Oracles site has the following:
Why can’t I register for the essay in my Master Java Developer or Master Java Architect path?
Candidates must have a submitted assignment on file before they are able to register for an essay appointment with Pearson VUE. Once you have submitted your assignment, you will be able to schedule your essay appointment.
So Oracle seem to be implying that you will not be able to register for the essay again until you submit the assignment. But this does not seem to be the case now.
There are also various threads on this forum where people have gotten instructions from Oracle that indicate something similar:
1. Contact us (at email@example.com) to request a voucher that will allow you to submit the assignment.
2. Create a Pearson VUE web account at pearsonvue.com/oracle if you do not already have one.
3. Access the assignment online at pearsonvue.com/oracle, using test number 1Z0-848 for the Architect assignment and 1Z0-844 for the Developer assignment.
4. Using your voucher code to access one of these tests will place you into a special form of the assignment where you can upload your completed work.
5. You will not be eligible to register for the essay until you have submitted your assignment.
So once again you see in step (5) that Oracle is saying you won't be able to register for the essay exam???
I didn't actually go through the process of attempting to pay. I stopped on the page where it requests your payment details. I just assumed that because I had gotten to that point, that I would have been able to register and pay for the essay exam.
But from your experience it seems that you are prevented from registering for the essay exam until you have submitted your assignment.
Hopefully there will be no fun and games when attempting to do this near the deadline .
You will have to upload the assignment (1Z0-844) and then register for the Java Standard Edition 6 Developer Certified Master Essay Exam (Step 2 of 2) - 1Z0-856. You cannot register for the Essay exam before you upload the assignment.