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How to pass PHP Zend 5.3 certification?

How to pass PHP Zend 5.3 certification? 
This is the million dollar question I used to think and ask with many people before passing the Zend exam. But after I passed the exam too many people asking the same question to me. Lot of mails are coming from "Zend PHP Yellow Pages Private Messag", so I planned to write a post (many post in future) for this instead of replaying to each mail. In the following content I am giving my approach, idea, suggestion for passing Zend certification, but I am not sure this is the best approach. 

Where to start? 
No doubt, PHP manual is the best place to start preparing for Zend certification. In the PHP manual read each and every line of "Language Reference" section. From PHP dummies to experts all must read all the pages under "Language Reference". This will not only help to pass the Zend exam, but it will give you better idea to do good programming. 

What next? 
Once you studied "Language Reference" then move to "Security" and "Function Reference". In function reference give importance to following sections
  • Date and Time functions
  • String functions
  • Array functions
  • Simple XML
  • Dom XML functions
Books to refer 
Zend PHP Certification Study Guide - this book pdf version is available in internet. Study the book completely and it will give overall exposure to all PHP zend related items.  

What is new in PHP 5.3?
  • Classes and objects
  • Closures
  • Namespaces
  • Exception
You will get questions from the above section, but these are already covered by "Language Reference" section.  

What type of questions will appear in Zend exam? 
Based on my exam question and other sample questions the following type of questions will come in Zend exam
  • POST, GET, COOKIE, FILE related questions
  • Simple XML and DOM XML node access related simple questions
  • Namespace related question
  • Exception related questions
  • Array & String function, usually they are asking the commonly used function type of question like array_flip, array_merge, substr
  • Security related question like XSS related (based on htmlentities and escaping output)
  • Regular expression related questions
  • File read/write related question
Where to take mockup exam and questions? 
Zend providing mockup exam for affordable price. Buy on package and try with those test after you prepared all the above items. Don't take the mock exams immediately without preparing anything, since it will reduce your confidence. Also first prepare everything and then try sample questions, don't start with sample questions and any FAQ type of materials. Mockup test available at Also lot of free sample question available at net, just google to get those.

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