How to prepare for Zend PHP5 Certification Exam
Before going to the title, I just share with you that I have passed the zend certification exam for php5. Now I become the Zend Certified Engineer. So again thanks Allah to achieve this. Also I just want to thanks those people who help me lot to pass this exam. First of all I thank to Mizan bhai (always give his helping hand for anything) and Shoeb (the 6th zce certified of Bagladesh).They do a great help for me. I also thank to Hasin bhai , Emran and Anis bhai encourage me.
And finally My clients give me a huge support for preparing the exam, They reschedule the project time frame as a result i can get more preparation . Thanks again.
Here is the my yellow page details.
Ok now come to the main point.
Take at a glace what I focus to prepare for the ZCE:
- PHP Manual is the main study guide.
- Divide the full syllabus into two categories
- Play with the code.
- Understand the concept rather than hurry to finish the syllabus.
- Cover the full syllabus does not ignore any part.
- Give a mock test and try to archived excellent in grade.
- Enjoy to study and visualize the benefit of the exam
Here is the details explanation of full .
1. PHP Manual is the Main Study guide:
You first study the topics from Php manual rather than others books. If you study the syllabus topics from the manual it will ensure you to pass the exam. All of the others books or study guide will be the secondary.
- To know about any function you must read from the manual.
- You must read the carefully the section note in manual.
- Also you will look at see also section in manual and try to find with similarity or the difference between the functions.
Well Note that i told that force into the manual, but I do not say not to read other books. Obviously you read the study guide and others essential book. It will clear you the concept. But in the exam you find that questions are tricky. To solve the tricky, manual will help you. I listed some reference books which help me to prepare the exam.
- PHP ZCE Practice test book.
- Apress Beginning PHP5 and Mysql from Novice to professional
- PHP5 Power Programming Book
- And obviously very important Google Search
2. Divide the full syllabus into two categories
Here is exam syllabus . You will Divide the each chapter into two categories like Basic and Advance. Give you an example will clear you. Like one of topics is
XML and Web Services
In the basic category you will try to know:
- Why to use XML and what is their format.
- How php handle XML and when cause error to handle XML.
- Which parses when to use (like SimpleXML,DOM, SAX)
- Why to use web services.
- How Rest or Soap Works.
IN The Advance Category:
- How to create SimpleXML Object or Dom or Transfer from Dom to Simple XMl vice versa. (Basically you have to know the function name )
- How to create child, parent, attribute into the node in different parsers.
- How to search element or attribute from xml file.
- How to create access point into the soap or Rest .
Basic category actually theory and in the advance category will more focus on implementation. Basically this will save your time to prepare exam. Be careful do not ignore the basic section, in my exam I have to face trouble with simple basic questions.
3. Play with the code
This is very important part in your code. In My exam I found lots of question for the output. If you just read but not tested the code you will definitely get trouble in the exam. Just open a notepad and play with the code and find out the result. Do not ignore this part. Because in exam may be you find some code where ask to write the output.
4. Understand the concept rather than hurry to finish the syllabus.
Do not try to finish the syllabus hurry. Try to understand the concept rather memorize.
5. Cover the full syllabus, do not ignore any part.
Well may be you find some chapters are very hard to you and try to ignore that. Not do that. At least try to know the basic things. May be you think you are very strong in one chapter but the exam you find that portion question is very difficult. So this is very risky to ignore , At least try to know the basic.
6. Give the mock test and achieved “Excellent” grade
Do not try to think after finishing full syllabus I will start the mock test. Do study and give the mock test. When you start the mock test, copy the question and answers options in the word and later you try to find out the solutions. Also you can get the help from the PHP ZCE Practice test book. When you think you are doing better in test , you are ready to seat for exam .
One thing be careful in the exam : please read question twice and carefully . And hurry to give the answer without completely read the question
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7. Enjoy to study and visualize the benefit of the exam
:) May be you think this is not related to zce preparation. But I think this the most important things. Because honestly speaking I was such a feel bored when I read the string, array ,stream and network chapter. Lots of the function with very confusion name. like : strstr , strtr or array_slice , array_splice.
Only way to get rid of just visualize the benefit after zce exam passed .
You will now connected international programmer. Who want to miss that chance? Your salary may be increase or may be management now evaluate your effort or you can get a your dream job what are you looking for so many days.
Hope so you will be gets benefited to prepare the exam and i will be glad if i help you any kind of issue regarding ZCE.