Zend certification »
FERDY CHRISTANT - FEB 16, 2006 (03:40:30 PM)
|I just passed the Zend certification exam. I have no idea what my score is, as this is undisclosed in the results. I also have no idea what the pass score is, because that is secret as well.|
Anyways, I found the exam to be challenging enough. About half of the questions I was sure about the answer (in total there are 70 questions), concerning the rest I had some doubts. I needed the time available, I used 75 out of the 85 minutes.
Since I am so happy with this result, it is time to blow my own horn a bit. This new certification continues my flawless (as in never failed a test) certification history:
- Certified Lotus Specialist R4 Notes application development
- Certified Lotus Specialist R4 Notes system administration
- Certified Lotus Professional R4 Notes application development
- Principal Certified Lotus Professional R4 Notes application development
- Certified Lotus Specialist R5 Designer fundamentals
- Certified Lotus Professional R5 application development
- Principal Certified Lotus Professional R5 application development
- IBM Certified Application Developer - Lotus Notes and Domino 6/6.5
- IBM Certified Advanced Application Developer - Lotus Notes and Domino 6/6.5
- Sun Certified Programmer Java 2 (1.4)
- IBM Certified Associate Developer Websphere Studio v5.0
- Cibit Applying Architecture certificate
- Zend Certified PHP engineer
Leaving you with some tips on passing the Zend exam:
- The certification study guide is handy, but not required. The book definitely does not cover everything that is asked. Also, I found some confusing errors in there. It is a good book to tell you what to learn, not to completely learn everything needed for the exam.
- The certification practice book is not only handy, it is pretty much a must-have to pass the exam. It will get you prepared for the type of questioning to be expected from the exam.
- Use the practice book to simulate the real exam. There are enough questions in there to do at least 3 full ones. Shut down background noises, time your fake exam, don't look up anything in between, and then carefully review your answers to spot your weaknesses.
- Know your functions. Hate it or love it, the exam requires you to remember many of PHP's functions. Know what they are called, what their parameters and return values are, and their pros and cons. I found most questions to be related to functions in the area of strings, files and dates. This site helped me tremendously.
- As I said, of half the questions I was sure about the answer, the other half I was pretty sure about. I marked every doubtful question for review and found out that some of them were trick questions upon a second look.
- Practice. Just learning about code snippets and functions by reading it from a book is not enough. I kept a paper note on things I found in the book that needed more investigation. Next, I tried various code snippets concerning the topic to find out how it really works.