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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.

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FEB 17, 09:16:49

comment » Ferdy

You need to learn Ruby, it's the new black.

Spug «


FEB 17, 01:27:51 PM

comment » Spuggy,

In fact, that is on my todo list for this year. I'm very interested in Ruby, but not yet for Enterprise usage. Did you learn it yet? «


FEB 21, 08:22:47

comment » Hey Ferdy,

Congratulations, yet another certificate 18

Grtx, Erik «


MAR 26, 06:03:44 PM

comment » I'm scheduled to take the Zend exam in a few weeks. Mostly I was taking the test so that I could discover my score and hence find my true skill level according to Zend. I'm disappointed to hear that they don't release the scores. Oh well, I'm sure it will still be a fun experience. I'm not convinced it will make much difference to me professionally whether I'm Zend certified or not, although I am sure it won't hurt. «


MAR 27, 04:46:26 PM

comment » Great !! Carry on.... «

COMMENT: BEN emailrating

SEP 21, 11:00:43 PM

comment » I am trying to take the test too. «


SEP 22, 05:38:07 AM

comment » Hai all...!!

I am a PHP programmer.. 2 years experience ...

I want to write the Zend Certification exam for PHP..

Anybody know.. What is the procedure.. and how to attend the exam

01 «

COMMENT: MALIK emailrating

OCT 23, 11:44:29 PM

comment » i am happy to read this,

Congratulations, i must take the zend exam

18 «


NOV 9, 10:43:58 PM

comment » I'm looking to hire Zend Certified PHP 5 developers to create affiliated websites under If anyone is interested in having a discussion about the opportunity, please don't hesitate to e-mail me. My e-mail is

-Corey «


DEC 17, 07:59:07 AM

comment » Hi..

I want to know abt the study material for zend certification..

please help for this.

You can mail me on

thax «


MAY 10, 2008 - 06:42:06 PM

comment » I am very much interest on open source. «

COMMENT: LAHIRU emailhomepage

MAY 12, 2008 - 01:13:15 PM

comment » hi im studing for the ZCE ... i hv read all abt ur work .. and congratz ... hey do u knw any place to get question answer papers or practicale things ... or do u hve nything similar? ... if so pls mail me to - ... thanks in advance ... cz even tho how much i studied them sme tymz i cnt keep'em in my mind without doing ny questions etc ... pls help me 17 «


JUN 25, 2008 - 01:16:19 PM

comment » Dears,

I'm a .NET Developer and just turned into PHP programming just month ago. and i'm willing to take the zend exam.

Do you reccomend me to do something specific? specially I'm more adapted with the .NET framework. I've quite learned PHP syntax,functions,and also diffrences between PHP4 and 5.

by the way. In Microsoft Cert. there are too many virtual exam machines which are availble to download like TestKing and pass4sure I'm asking if there is anything similar to this regarding the Zend Cert.?

(i know the one on the Zend's Site) i'm asking fot others.

thanks «


JUN 25, 2008 - 07:37:36 PM

comment » hi David,

I recommend the instructions as mentioned in the article above. Summarized, definitely put a lot of effort in knowing the most used functions, their syntax and arguments. I have taken the official route using the certification books, and have not looked for a virtual machine or online practice exams like Testking. Please do realize that Testking is illegal, it can even get your certificate to become invalid if the exam provider finds out you have used it.

Just check the exam objectives, do some honest study and practice, and you will pass 4 sure 18 «

COMMENT: MIZU AHMAD emailhomepage

AUG 14, 2008 - 07:15:52 AM

comment » where I can get the preparation papers? I mean I want to know some site that helps student to take preparation for ZEND exam providing questions and answer. Pls help me. «


AUG 14, 2008 - 11:29:57 AM

comment » Mizu,

You can use the Zend certification guide, check the Zend site and/or Amazon. «


OCT 7, 2008 - 10:30:22 PM

comment » Hi

I am from Moldova Republic of, scheduled to take the Zend exam on 30 oct. in 3 weeks, very curious if I'll pass, if successfull, I'll be the first certified engineer in my country :). Hope to be so. «


OCT 30, 2008 - 08:17:27 PM

comment » Hi all,

I've passed the exam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I am the first Zend Certified in Moldova Republic of «


OCT 30, 2008 - 08:26:16 PM

comment » Forgot to write something about the examination.

The exam had very clean and undestandable questions, some of them of course I dislike, like.. what is the function name bla, bla, bla...

I think zend must not use such questions on its examination, the rest of quesrions where fine. A lot of questions was on arrays, OOP, security and regular expression.

I suggest you all PHP developers to take this exam, but deeply prepare for it 01 «


APR 14, 2009 - 02:13:16 PM

comment » hi ferdy

I am looking for zend certification but i don't know about zend can i appar for this exam and how many exam will be held for a single zend certification .so please help me . i have same interest as u . zend is my first step .so please guide me mine mail is

also send me some article link or content

Thanks in advance «


APR 15, 2009 - 03:22:21 PM

comment » Hariom,

Please take some to research a question before posting it here. All of your questions can be answered using a single Google query. «


APR 17, 2009 - 08:52:10 AM

comment » I wish You'd have written/provided some more information or the basic structure of this Exam. No?? «


APR 18, 2009 - 12:32:46 PM

comment » Amit,

I wish you'd taken the time to do some online research before expecting me to help you with your exam. I simply posted the fact that I passed the exam and even gave away some free tips. Use them or not. If you would have read the tips, you would know that you should buy the certification practice book, which will tells you exactly what the exam is like.

I am not an exam helpdesk! Stop freeloading and do your own damn work. «


MAY 11, 2009 - 08:03:13 AM

comment » Can anybody help me please! I want to get preparation for ZCE. What can I do to do better. Please send me any guide to «


OCT 21, 2009 - 04:22:34 PM

comment » For help we have created a zend mock test process

Please check your zend skills

please check «


OCT 29, 2009 - 02:24:34 PM

comment » hi

i plan to take php certification exam. any body can help me for study material and practice test?..... «

COMMENT: HUMBLE emailrating

FEB 24, 2010 - 03:16:53 PM

comment » i liked it. and i am also planning for ZCE. But how much time should be given for it? Do you have any idea «


FEB 25, 2010 - 11:04:26 AM

comment » @humble, a few weeks of study was required for me to prepare. Perhaps roughly 60 hours spread over a few weeks. «


APR 16, 2010 - 11:03:48 PM

comment » A lot of congratulations Ferdy, I'm preparing to take the ZCE. And this has been a very good reference for that. A little bit of googling take me mere more than twice, thanks. 30 «

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