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Java 6 Programmer Certification

Java Programmer's Certification Study Group (SCJP)

please stay tuned to main page for news on the 2010 spring/summer session - thanks to all who came to the fall/winter session!

What and why?: The Sun Certified Java Programmer certification (SCJP) for the Java 5 and now 6 platform is probably the most challenging and comprehensive of the Sun Java certifications (and a prerequisite for most of the other Sun Java certifications). Unlike previous SCJP exams (1.4 and earlier) there is now more emphasis on understanding and programming skills and less on memorization. The NYC Java Study Groups JUG have been doing these sessions now for over 5 years!


NOTE: this exam has been updated to SCJP 6 - the new material will be added and discussed at the study group meetings. Please note there is a new edition of the book.

Details: - please note this has been updated Aug 2009 - check official website
Exam Objectives
Number of questions: 72
Time limit: 210 minutes (3 1/2 hours)
Exam type: Multiple choice and drag and drop
Pass score: 65% (47 of 72 questions)
Average time per question: 2 minutes and 55 seconds.
Test Center Exam Fee: $300 (this is usually tax deductible)

There is no partial credit on multiple answer questions but you are not penalized for wrong answers (guessing). If there is more than one correct answer you will be told how many.

When studying it's recommended that you not know how many correct answers a questions has, not to guess if unsure of a question (leave unanswered for an accurate assessment), give yourself 2 minutes per question, and aim for a 75% score. Make sure to take at least two mock exams under exam conditions (as per above) prior to scheduling the actual exam.

Winter session underway 6pm-9pm+ at NYPC Come join us - we've got a very interactive session!

Winter 2009 SCJP Schedule: we met weekly at NYPC from Dec 2009 - Feb 2010, congrats to those who got certified!

notes are posted on group's Google Group (to join come to a meeting) - here's some assorted old session notes

Session - Fall 2008 Schedule - Session - Fall 2008 Notes

Note: Previous Java Cert Study Group Meetings:
fall/winter 2007/2008 Notes
fall 2006 SCJP 5 session
2004 SCJP Notes


For Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 6.0 (310-065)
SCJP Sun Certified Programmer for Java 6 Study Guide - by Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates (Osbourne)
Highly Recommended! From the developers of the exam and founders of
also referred to as the K&B book

NEW: Spring 2009 session starts Thursday March 12 at NYPC (New Yorker Hotel Suite 550 - 34th St and 8th Ave) - meeting weekly

For SCJP 6, the SCJP 5 book is still relevant with the following additions:
  • Console API - to be covered along with chapter 6
  • NavigableSet - to be covered with collections chapter 7
  • NavigableMap - to be covered with collections chapter 7
But please note that the questions have changed somewhat - please try to get the latest edition

Study Group Objectives
The Java Certification Study Group is a weekly (or bi-weekly depending on group members) self led study group. Each week we will discuss a new chapter from the highly recommended Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates book (K&B) - see above.

Format: Open Q&A and quick review of chapter content followed by an in depth coverage of the end of chapter Review questions (taken during session so don't read these prior to the meeting).

It is important that every Study Group member read the chapter ahead of time (at least on the way to the meeting).

Additional Notes:
We will try to cover a chapter per meeting with few exceptions as voted by current study group members. If the group feels that a chapter must be reviewed again that is allowable however it will lengthen the session beyond the recommended 10 week schedule, it is not recommended that you take much more than 10 weeks to cover one pass of the book. We will also try to schedule a mock exam under exam conditions.

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