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Jul 1 2011   9:43PM GMT

Changes to Java Cert Exams Follow Move to Pearson VUE for Testing

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Thanks to a blog posted on Anne Martinez’ always interesting Website the news is out about changes to the former Sun, now Oracle, Java certification exams are going through some changes (check Harold Green’s 6/20/2011 blog entitled “Java Certification Exam Changes Due to the Move to Oracle/Pearson VUE” for more details).

Certiblog Headline On Java Exam Changes

Certiblog Headline On Java Exam Changes

What’s in this set of changes, you ask? Here’s the 10,000-foot view:

  1. Exams renumbered to match Oracle-style Exam IDs
  2. Exam scores enhanced to offer more detailed feedback, including a list of all exam objectives for which incorrect answers were received.
  3. For some exams, lengthy, complex  and time-consuming questions are out, replaced with shorter alternative versions (exam length is now uniform at 150 minutes, or 2.5 hours, for all Java topics).
  4. Interactive question types (drag and drop and matching type questions) are out, to simplify exam interaction and make it more consistent across all exams.
  5. Passing scores have been readjusted statistically to maintain parity with previous exam versions, to keep levels of difficulty unchanged. (No changes have been made regarding exam objectives and topics covered).

Glad to see that Oracle is simply adjusting the program to better integrate it with other Oracle Education cert stuff and (so far) leaving the Java exam content and coverage alone.

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