Java Certification Exams and Their Move to Pearson VUE
By Harold Green on Jun 17, 2011
You may be aware that Oracle recently migrated all Sun-branded certification exams from Prometric to Pearson VUE. Below are answers to some frequently-asked questions that we've been getting recently:
What changes to the exams should I be aware of?
Only minor changes were made to the exams during the transition to Pearson VUE:
Renumbering of all exams to the Oracle exam numbering structure (i.e. 1Z0...).
Most exam score reports were enhanced to provide more detailed feedback. Score reports now list every exam objective for which a question (or questions) were answered incorrectly. The previous format provided only section-level performance feedback.
For three Java exams, some lengthy (time-consuming) questions were removed & replaced with shorter (less time-consuming) questions. This was done in order to shorten the required exam time (to 150 minutes).
Some interactive question types were removed from several Java and Solaris exams (including "matching" and "drag-and-drop" questions).
The passing scores (for the exams that were revised) were statistically adjusted to make them equal to their prior passing scores, thus ensuring that the exams maintained the same level of difficulty as before.
The exam objectives and the exam questions themselves did not change. Candidates should study the same material and objectives.
Are there also new testing practices I should be aware of?
Oracle follows a common industry practice of placing occasional un-scored questions on our certification exams. Candidates will not know which questions are unscored. At the time of this blog post, only one of the migrated exams (1Z0-898) contains unscored questions.
I started the Master certification path through Prometric, and now I need to complete the requirements through Pearson VUE. Where can I get guidance on this process?
Visit our Vendor Transition FAQs to find comprehensive instructions. Oracle has created several specific paths to accommodate candidates who were at at varying stages of completion of their master path when the transition occurred. Make sure to follow the specific path designed for your case, as you will need to know which exam number to select in order to submit/re-submit your requirements.
- Oracle Certification Blog Post: Java, Oracle Solaris, MySQL and Other Former Sun Certification Exams Now Being Delivered At Pearson VUE
- Oracle Certification Website: Vendor Transition Announcement