Today I passed the Core Spring 3 certification exam with a score of 92%. This blog entry is similar to Jeanne’s SCEA part 1 experiences – a place to share all the information about the process. For SCEA, it was an place to weed through all the information out there and organize it a bit. For Spring, it is the opposite. There is an information shortage out there. Not much is written up and most of what is out there goes with the 2.5 version of the exam. As a result, this entry is much longer and has been split into a series of posts.
- Background information
- About the test (includes Scope of the test and Spring 2.5 vs 3.0 exam)
- What did I read and how were the resources I tried
- My study plan
- Skills guru mock exam
- What I would recommend as a study plan
I took the Core Spring class the week of July 20th. It comes with one free attempt at the test. Retakes are $150. Luckily, I didn’t need a retake. Based on what I had heard about the 2.5 test, it went deeper than the course and required a lot of studying. As a result, I decided to wait a month from taking the course before taking the test. Now that I know what the test is about, I know I could have taken it a week or two earlier. Or even earlier if the voucher arrived sooner.
In late 2013, Jakub Staš added noted some changes in the exam.
Update May 2017: no longer need to take a class to take the exam
Next page: About the test
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The Core Spring course material is copyrighted by Spring Source. I cannot share it with others. Please do not waste your time e-mailing me to request them.