Table of contents for the Spring 3 certification series of posts:
- Jeanne’s core spring 3 certification experiences (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 tried some other exams that didn’t claim to be mocks. See the week by week section for those. Or for more details about the resources in this table.
|The official student guide and lab manual from course||3.0||came with course||I think studying this would have been enough to pass (with a low passing score.)|
|Spring in Action (3rd edition)||3.0||$30/$50||The parts of the book that are already written were enjoyable to read. I learned a lot from them although not necessarily things that were on the test. Some test material was reinforced well though.|
|Sections from Official Reference Documentation||3.0||$0||Again interesting and I learned a lot, but definitely overkill for the test.|
|Spring Source’s Sample questions||2.5||$0||I thought these questions were too easy when I first read them. Now I think the level is equivalent to the exam. Even though they are 2.5, the content still applies. They are not multiple choice though.|
|Gavin Lasnitzki’s study notes||2.5||$0||These are a lot more detailed than the exam. They are faster to read than the official documentation so good for a review.|
|Skill-guru mock exam #1||3.0||$0.99||It’s the best we have, but keep in mind it is a lot harder than the real exam and contains material that is out of scope. See Skills Guru section for more detail.|
|Skill-guru mock exam #2||3.0||$0.99||See comments for exam #1. I felt more questions were out of scope in this exam.|
|BlackBeltFactory’s mock exam||3.0||contribution point based||I led the creation of this exam as I was studying. It is significantly harder than the real exam. At the time of this blog post, it is in public beta state. Now released.
|Jeanne Boyarsky’s study notes||3.0||$0||I wrote them so I’m biased.|
I’ve also read some other Spring books in the past for older versions of Spring.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of “Spring in Action” exchange for writing a review of the book when it prints. I am also a volunteer administrator at BlackBeltFactory from when I was active in the early days. This means I have thousands of contribution points and didn’t have to think about the cost when taking exams.
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