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Sun Certified Java Programmer 6.0 (SCJP 6) Certification Exam

The Sun Certified Java Programmer 6.0 (SCJP 6) Certification Exam



Introduction

The Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) exam is the entry level Java exam and is a prerequisite to a number of the other Java-related certifications. SCJP 6.0, designated CX-310-065, was released in December 2007, the latest certification exam from Sun Microsystems, Inc, is for programmers experienced using the Java programming language. SCJP 6.0 is aimed at the JDK 6.0 release of Java. It introduces new topics of Console, NavigableSet, and NavigableMap,etc,.


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


SCJP 6.0 Certification Exam


Exam Info

Exam number CX-310-065
Prerequisites None
Exam type Multiple choice and drag and drop
Number of questions 72
Passing score 65% (47 of 72 questions)
Time limit 210 minutes
Total cost US$ 300 * (or locally priced)
Delivered at Authorized Worldwide Prometric Testing Centers

*As per the day of this article.
  • Exam Number - CX-310-065

  • 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 210 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 65% to be successful. The exam asks you 72 questions and you need to correctly answer at least 47. 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 Platform, Standard Edition 6 Upgrade Exam (CX-310-066) for candidates who have already successfully certified on a previous version of SCJP.



Exam Objectives

The objectives of SCJP 6.0 are almost same as SCJP 5.0 except few changes which introduce new topics like Console (API Contents), NavigableSet, and NavigableMap (Collections/Generics) and removed the overridden methods and constructor from "OO Concepts".

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 6.0 exam, 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.

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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