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I'm planning to give the Zend PHP 5.3 certification. Any suggestions on how to prepare for it? Also, what kind of questions can I expect? Can anyone remember what they were asked?

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If you look around the internet, you will find both the study guide and test examples. – Mchl Feb 2 '11 at 14:23
I'm lost as to how this question, which is a month old and has received no additional traffic since day one, has made it onto the "Top Questions" list. – Craige Mar 4 '11 at 14:27
It's better to have one than not. – Stann Mar 12 '11 at 0:41
if your employer is paying for it, its nice to have, I have done w/out it for last 10 years but I may go for one this year as my employer is paying for it :) – Kumar Jun 21 '11 at 7:03

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I studied for it once, but decided it wasn't worth my time (back in PHP 5.0 days). As a recall, they have a number of ridiculous questions about the function parameters and results, which I didn't think should be on a certification exam.

Anyway, I think Zend has a preparation book that will walk you through what to study.

Personally, I don't think the exam is worth the money you pay to take it. I have never been asked whether I am "Zend Certified".

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I have found a web site that contain several answer and php training test

It covers all categorys of the Zend PHP 5.3 Certification :

  • PHP Bases
  • Streams and Network Programming
  • Databases and SQL
  • XML and Web Services
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Security
  • Strings and Patterns
  • Web Features
  • PHP 4/5 Differences
  • Functions
  • Arrays
  • Design and Theory
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What killed me was the Version 4/5 differences. You'd think that'd be a small portion of the exam but when I took it, I got hammered with questions about minute differences. So be sure you really know PHP 4 as well!

As others have mentioned, there are strategy guides and training courses to help you prepare. I'd check the official site before going to a third party however.

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