Preparation for the RHCJD exam
Experience is the best preparation for Red Hat's performance-based exams. However, even experienced people sometimes have gaps in their knowledge, so Red Hat encourages all candidates for RHCJD to consider taking the JBoss Enterprise Application Development (JB225) course. This course is a good introduction to the topic and can help you prepare for the exam. Attendance in this class is not required, and one can choose to take just an exam.
While attending Red Hat's classes can be an important part of your preparation,it does not guarantee success on the exam.
RHCJD exam environment
You will be working on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux® 6 system using JBoss Developer Studio 5 during the exam, so prior experience using Linux or UNIX is helpful, but not required.
You will have a full desktop environment in which to work, and we will provide a list of basic commands for your reference in addition to the man pages and other documentation that come with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Fedora provides a free alternative to Red Hat Enterprise Linux for you to practice your Linux skills. A live CD version is available that allows you to work on Fedora without installing it on your computer. While it is not an exact match for the environment in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, it is close enough for the level of familiarity required.
The RHCJD exam is a performance-based evaluation of a candidate's skills and knowledge regarding the implementation of enterprise applications using common enterprise specifications. With performance-based testing, candidates must perform tasks similar to what they perform on the job.
In this exam, candidates are asked to perform a number of common development tasks which require the use of certain APIs and specifications. Candidates are then evaluated on how well their implementations meet objective criteria such as being able to access an object instance using a specified webs service.
Even though the exam uses JBoss Enterprise Application Platform as its runtime, the exam is not JBoss-specific and only targets well-documented, portable specifications.
The RHCJD exam is a hands-on exam that lasts 4 hours.
Internet access is not provided during the exam, and internet access on your personal devices will be strictly controlled. You are not permitted to bring any hard copy or electronic documentation into the exam, including notes, books, or any other materials. Documentation that ships with JBoss specification implementations and JBoss Enterprise Application Platform is available during the exam. Keep these restrictions in mind as you study.
Red Hat reserves the right to make changes to the exam format, including timing and the policies above. Such changes will be made public in advance through revisions to this document.
Scores and reporting
Official scores for exams come exclusively from Red Hat Certification Central. Red Hat does not authorize examiners or training partners to report results to candidates directly. Scores on the exam are usually reported within 3 U.S. business days.
Exam results are reported as section scores. Red Hat does not report performance on individual items, nor will it provide additional information upon request.