Today I’ve faced the real exam and passed 200-500 Zend Certification Exam for php 5 and become the Zend Certified Engineer. Here is the link of my certification proof: http://www.zend.com/store/education/certification/authenticate.php?ClientCandidateID=ZEND007769&RegistrationID=225231754
My programming experience is more than 5 years in different technologies and different languages. I like Java very much and develop many good applications using it. I’m also J2ME expert and develop many applications and games. I am also good at Flash Action Script and Graphics design, 2d animation.
For the last 3/4 months I was preparing myself for Zend Certification Exam. My job experience is more than 8 months and it is PHP based. And I found PHP is one of the language to whom I love. And I become addicted of its beauty & simplicity. Before the real exam, I bought 10 mock exams from PHP|Architect. I gave 9 mock exams and got nice results with excellent mark.
After then, I bought the real exam from Zend and today I successfully passed the real exam. I found the questions in real exam are not easy. Compare to Mock exams I found real exam’s questions are harder. Some Zend Certified Engineer also said that Mock Exams questions are harder compare to real exam. But as the questions of real exam are randomly choosen so it depends on one’s luck.
Study is very important, because we don’t use many API. But for certification you’ve to familiar with the core API. And I think, there is no alternative but experience of developing applications. XML and database concept is also very important for the exam. I found a lot of questions based on server configuration, database which actually needs real life experience.
However as I signed some terms of Zend before examination, I couldn’t and shouldn’t say about questions of the exam. I’m very happy today for this honor.