Java Certification Resources
The Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform
certification is the first level of certification for the Java
language. Sun started certifying programmers back in 1996 when
the 1.02 JDK was the current language version. The Java 2
Platform (or JDK 1.2) was released in December 1998, and we are now up to
SDK 1.5 as the official release.
The Exam Objectives
Sun has a number of Java related certifications! There will be some confusion
due to the fact that Java 1.5 is also referred to as Java 5.0. The marketdroids
just can't seem to leave the nomenclature alone. Follow
these links for the different objectives (you may have to scroll way down the pages.)
Visit Sun's FAQ about
various exams. Note that the site is run by the education division of Sun,
not the Java division.
My Exam Cram Book!!!
Hurrah! The Java 2 Programmer Exam Cram 2 (ISBN 0789728613) book
that Marcus Green and I revised for the 310-035 exam has been available for several years!
here to buy the book from Amazon.com. It came out in March, 2003 from
Que Publishing, a highly respected source of training materials and
study guides. The first and second editions of this book were quite popular
and went to multiple printings, but the publisher (Coriolis) went out of business.
Que Publishing picked up the entire Exam Cram series, renaming it Exam Cram
2. These books are carefully designed to help you cram for specific exams. If
you want a general Java text, look elsewhere, but if you want to cram for the
310-035 exam, this is your best and lowest-cost solution.
You can get a preview look at a sample of the exams in that book in the Applet
simulation listed below or in HTML format at my new wbrogden.com
Web site! Check out information about the Java 2 Programmer Exam Cram 2
that site as well.
Bill's Practice Certification Exams
This applet simulates the environment of the Java 2 Programmer Certification
Exam (310-035) as administered by Prometric. The questions are based on the
Java 2 exam objectives document as published by Sun.
This is a small subset (43 questions) from the multiple example
exams in the new Exam Cram book.
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We have been running various versions of these tests online since March of 1998, accumulating information
on those aspects of the Java certification exam that people have the most difficulty
with. This information has helped in the creation of the new book.
Over 10,000 test results have been recorded in the last several years.
I have selected 19 of the most frequently missed questions
on a variety of topics and placed them in the following
Hardest Questions Collection. If you
get a good score on these you should have no fear of the real
Marcus Green's Java Programmer Certification
Exam And Training Web site includes discussion groups, several downloadable
mock exams, tutorials plus a lot of other resources. Marcus has been operating
this site for years and has refined the tutorial based on the questions of students
preparing for the exam. NEW! Marcus is selling PDF copies of his tutorial
The tutorial is over 270 pages and purchase includes access to a large mock exam database!
Marcus also contributed to the 2nd Edition of my Java 2 Exam Prep book and the
new release of Java 2 Programmer Exam Cram 2 from Que!
- Not ready to start cramming for the certification exam? How about a really
complete Java Text! Just Java by Peter van der Linden is now in its
fifth edition, with new material on hot areas like XML. The book is published
by Sun Microsystems Press -
order ISBN 0-13-032072-2 here.
- Test your Java skills with the Rules Roundup Game at JavaRanch.
JavaRanch is also great for extensive discussion groups, which include certification,
XML, Servlet/JSP, J2ME, and other Java topics. Many advanced programmers hang
out there to answer your questions.
- Huge list of mock exam sites, book reviews.
- Maha Anna's Java Home has lots
of tips on the exam.
- JavaLobby has general Java News and
- Java Developer's Journal
- A really large Java FAQ with
a lot of contributors.
Another large collection of Java resources. This one is part of a site
on technical computing resource.
- Tutorials, resource guides, certification
information, and links to other sites maintained by Michael Thomas.
- An extensive Glossary, FAQ, and general resources
site maintained by Roedy Green.
- An ongoing discussion on Java certification.
- WHIZlabs has several certification
test simulators including SCJP-, SCWCD-, and J2EE-related exams, such
as WebLogic and IBM's certs.
Recent Java books I have worked on!