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Sun Certified Java Programmer 5.0 (SCJP 5) Certification Exam


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The Sun Certified Java Programmer 5.0 (SCJP 5) Certification Exam




Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Benefits of SCJP certification
  3. SCJP 5.0 Certification Exam
  4. Preparing For The Exam

Introduction

SCJP 5.0 Certification exam (exam number CX-310-055) the latest certification exam from Sun Microsystems, Inc, is for programmers experienced using the Java programming language. Achieving this certification provides clear evidence that a programmer understands the basic syntax and structure of the Java programming language and can create Java technology applications that run on server and desktop systems using JavaSE 5.0.


Sun's SCJP 5.0 certification validates your ability to design applications using Java 2 SE 5.0 technology. The SCJP 5.0 certification consists of one exam and serves as a prerequisite for several other Java technology-related certifications like SCWCD, SCBCD, SCDJWS,and SCMAD.


This article will help you understand the objectives, preparation requirements and resources available for this certification by Sun Microsystems.


Benefits of SCJP certification

  • SCJP certification proves your expertise on the Sun Java products and technologies.
  • Professionals holding the SCJP certification are preferred by the employers and they also get preference in promotions.
  • SCJP certification is helpful for professionals who want to upgrade their credentials and get recognition from the industry.
  • SCJP Certified professional can find appropriate jobs easily and get paid more.

SCJP 5.0 Certification Exam


Exam Info

Exam number CX-310-055
Prerequisites None
Exam type Multiple choice and drag and drop
Number of questions 72
Passing score 59% (43 of 72 questions)
Time limit 175 minutes
Total cost US$ 300 * (or locally priced)

*As per the day of this article.
  • Exam Number - CX-310-055

  • Prerequisites - None

  • Type of Questions - The type of questions asked in the exam are multiple-choice(single response and multiple response), and drag-n-drop. Again, if a multiple-choice question has more than one correct choice, it is explicitly stated in the question.

  • Time - The time allowed to complete this exam is 175 minutes, which is sufficient. You are allowed to go back to earlier questions during the exam, but take care that you are able to review only the marked questions, once all questions are filled in.

  • Passing % - You need to obtain at least 59% to be successful. The exam asks you 72 questions and you need to correctly answer at least 43. Note: sometimes one additional question is added for testing purposes. This additional question is not used for the passing score.

  • Cost - US $ 300 (or locally priced)

  • Related exams - Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 5.0 Upgrade Exam (CX-310-056) Upgrade exam for candidates who have already successfully certified as SCJP 1.4 (310-035) examination.


Note: As part of our exam refresh process, Sun occasionally tests new questions on the live exam forms. These questions are tested to understand their statistical properties and will not be counted as part of your final score. There are 10 unscored questions in this exam. Forty extra minutes have been added to your exam duration to allow you ample time to answer all questions.


Exam Objectives

Objectives - The seven categories of objectives for the exam are as follows:

  • Declarations, initialization, and scoping  
  • Flow control  
  • API contents  
  • Concurrency  
  • Object-oriented concepts  
  • Collections/generics  
  • Fundamentals 

For detailed information refer to the complete exam objectives for the SCJP 5.0 exam, by Sun Microsystems.


Among the new language features introduced in the version 5.0 of Java, the following have been included in the exam.

  • Enumerations  
  • Generics  
  • Static Imports  
  • Variable-argument lists (VarArgs)  
  • Autoboxing and Unboxing  
  • Enhanced for loop (for-each)  
  • Covariant returns  

Differences between SCJP 5.0 Exam and SCJP 1.4 Exam

SCJP - Facts and Figures:
  SCJP J2SE 4.0 CX-310-035 SCJP J2SE 5.0 CX-310-055
Duration 120 minutes
(2 hours)
175 minutes
(nearly 3 hours!)
Number of Questions 61 72
Pass Mark 52%
(32 out of 61)
59%
(43 out of 72)
Intensity High! High!


Exam Objectives:
Section SCJP 4.0 SCJP 5.0
1 Declarations and Access Control Declarations, Initialization and Scoping
2 Flow control, Assertions, and Exception Handling Flow Control
3 Garbage Collection API Contents
4 Language Fundamentals Concurrency
5 Operators and Assignments OO Concepts
6 Overloading, Overriding, Runtime Type and Object Orientation Collections / Generics
7 Threads Fundamentals
8 Fundamental Classes in the java.lang Package
9 The Collections Framework  


Preparing For The Exam


Preparation options

You can prepare for certification in many ways. For those into self-study, there is the typical buy-a-book approach. Be sure to consider the "used" market, too, as many people don't feel the need to keep these books after they've passed the test. Another self-directed option is the online exam simulators, free or otherwise. Here you get to try out the typical exam format in the comfort of your own home. If you're looking for someone to study with, consider participating in online study groups and forums or in-person groups from your local Java User Group (JUG).


In addition to the fact that the material in the newly added topics is vast, the questions in the exam can be rather challenging and often require you to carefully think through the problem. So, make sure that you get plenty of practice with problems involving the new features. Once you have adequate practice under your belt, you will be able to handle the questions in the exam.


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