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Copyright © 2010 Gavin Lasnitzki
I gathered these notes and resources to assist with my Spring Core Certification studies. I have not attended the Spring Core course as I am following the "Grandfather" stream. The contents of this site are my "best guess" at what is covered by the certification exam (based loosely on posting on the web, mock exams, Spring resources, etc.).
Using these resources, I passed the Spring 3.0 certification with a score of 88%.
Spring vs EJB?
This breakdown is not "official". See Jeanne Boyarsky's Spring 3.X Certification Experiences for more details.
|Spring 3 Certification Mock||
The best Spring mock exam.
See Jeanne Boyarsky's Spring 3.X Certification Experiences for an excellent blog on how she passed her certification.
|Skill Guru Core Spring Mock||10 free and 40 paid questions
Very good questions available. See Ikoko's blog for more information.
|Skill Guru Core Spring Mock 2||This exam is not as good as the first one. In the end I did not use it as it covers too many topics that are outside the scope of the certification.
|Skill Guru Spring Transaction Management||10 free questions|
|Skill Guru Spring Fundamentals||13 free questions|
|Exam from www.developersbook.com||50 free questions
Not sure if it is related to the certification or just misc Spring questions.
|Spring Sample Questions||The only questions from Spring!!|
|Blackbelt Factory Exams||
However, there is a complex contribution system that limits what you can see. Some of the exams offer "beta" questions or a limited number of exam questions.
Spring Framework 3.0.x
Spring Security 3.0.x
|Excellent tutorial and slides.|
|Spring Samples||A subversion repository with projects that can be built with maven and imported into STS/Eclipse.|
|Spring By Example||A good repository with complete code samples and the ability to contribute your own samples.|
|Exam objectives from the source!!|
|Exam objectives from the source for the 2.5 certification!! Take a quick look but use the 3.0 ones instead.|
|Spring Core Training Outline (PDF)||High level overview of what you should know after attending the course.|
My notes are very, very heavily based on Jeanne Boyarsky's excellent Spring 3 Certification Study Notes (super big thank you!!). I have copied / reposted them, changed the formatting and added where I thought appropriate.
The major challenge with the Spring Certification is determining the scope of the exam. The Spring 2.5 exam had almost no reliable "objectives'. Thankfully, Spring 3 has comprehensive objectives (see Spring Certification Exam Topics 3.0 (PDF) ). As a result, I switched to the Spring 3.0 certification (and never looked back!!).
I believe these notes cover most of the material (and much of it in more depth than the exam). The exam focuses more on high level features / concepts (i.e. what can and can't feature X do, can this be applied to private methods, etc) than detailed syntax and implementation. Topics with "(Optional)" were added by Jeanne and ones with (Gavin) were added by me. As Jeanne indicated, most of these are not required for the certification. However, I added these topics before I did the exam and have not reviewed them after the exam so please take it as a guide (and study more material rather than less!!).
My advice for the exam is as follows:
As far as mock exams go, use the Spring 3 Certification Mock. This is by far the best!! I did it many times. The questions are pretty easy and you should aim for around 90%. In the end I downloaded all the questions (about 220) and did one final run through before the exam. See detailed instructions on how I did this.
Click here to see my last minute Spring 3.0 Study notes.