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I did not pass the Core Spring Certification, you can learn from my experience

 
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My score is around 66%

Some of the question topics that I have encountered that I think need to have more focus on:

- Spring Boot, specifically scenarios its autoconfiguration (dependencies, property files, sqls, etc that would be in the classpath)
- More about PropertySource (properties file, etc), how the data can be retrieved, which propertysource overrides another one
- More configuration on pom.xml, creation of a war file or a "fat jar"
- Configuring Actuators, not just using them
- Instantiating beans on @Conditional cases
- ApplicationContext scenarios
- @Profile scenarios, including configuration
- Testing and Mocking Scenarios, specifically on configuration and comparisons (Ex: @Mock & @MockBean)

I would also say don't bother studying XML Configuration at all

Some mock exams I have tried. For all of them I would say the actual exam is much harder and has more vague questions than I encountered in all of them:

- Pivotal Certified Professional Core Spring 5 - Practice Tests by Said Z'BIRI: I'ts fine but easier and the mock questions are more direct.
- SpringQCM App: Quite outdated with xml configuration but at least it is free.
- Itestjava: I would say worst of the three because it is outdated as well, almost same as SpringQCM and it costs money.


Books that I have studied. I still consider them as good reference books for learning and in no way I blame them at all:
- Pivotal Certified Professional Spring Developer Exam by Iuliana Cosmina - still a worthwhile book, but not much topic on actuators
- Spring In Action (4th and 5th Ed) - can teach you concepts and beginner setup, but not focused for the test scenarios. Also 4th ed still xml configured
- Core Spring 5 Certification in Detail - not much topic on actuators, although I've read a bit only
- MrR0807 - same: not much topic on actuators, although I've read a bit only

I'd like to post this because I want to consider retaking in the future and hopefully more resources and mock tests would consider these cases. Any other reference can recommend as well?
Total preparation time around 3 months but with 4-5 yrs Spring Experience

 
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Hi, Kenyon,
No worries at all.  Since you have one experience in this exam, I am sure you will pass it for the second time.
I failed in one of the JEE certification exam and I retook it.
For me, I read Getting Started With Spring Framework 5 as well.
I  recommend you to get Ivan Krizsan's notes https://leanpub.com/corespring5certificationindetail.
I also recommend taking Dominik Cebula's Spring Professional Certification tutorial from Udemy.com

Those mock exams are just for practice. But if you read the books and take the online tutorial, you will understand the topics better.
Good luck.
 
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Hi,

Could you please help with some information regarding the exam?
Is the training still required before taking the exam? I've seen that you can no longer purchase the exam voucher from https://store.education.pivotal.io/store-catalog but from https://tanzu.vmware.com/training/certification/spring-professional-certification and in the tanzu link it says that you need to finish the training first. Can you please help with some details on where you purchased the exam?

Thank you,
Andreea M
 
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Hi Andreea,
The training is not required anymore.
You may want to refer to sign up instruction from our previous post here: https://coderanch.com/t/733366/spring-professional-certification/certification/Spring-Professional-Certification
 
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Hi Everybody!

I totally agree with Kenyon, some plus information:
Udemy Spring test exam (~10$) comes with easy and direct questions.
(Completing these with a 90-100% result will deceive your expectations of the real exam!)

The questions of real exam is complex scenarios (based my experience), in the sense that:
- most questions discusses / spans several (at least 3) topics all-in-one (example: testing, springboot, data access in one question)
- definitions, simple configurations and situations are rarely asked
- it is characteristic that it is necessary to infer answers from the knowledge of the basic information
(from Bullet points from Spring Certification Study Guide): for example Under what conditions is X instantiated? (X, let's say a template...)
The real exam is hard in the sense...

One question:
Did all the faulters get an 290 / 300 scores as a result?
(Passing score: 300, Your score: 290, Grade: Fail)
How does the passing rate 76% come out?
(Hehe)

Thanks for answers.
 
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Hi Xy,
I agree with you. The real exam is much harder than all those practice exams.
As long as the candidate study very hard by reading books or taking tutorials, they should be fine.

After the real exam, your score is given in percentage. I didn't get any score/300.
 
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(...OK. After boxing with Ranch Staff and attached parts... I would continue:)

The real exam is hard in the sense that:
- pass score / percentage higher than other exams (OCPJP 6 and 8, OCE EJB and JPA, OCM JEE EA, ...etc.)
- exam book (Apress) excellent for learning to develop but not suitable for exam
- every relevant source estimated 2500 pages plus APIdoc (Ivan Krizsan's notes can help for narrowing it, but not enough)
- certain strategies do not work:
topic selection by included percentage and source size
infer to answers by exclude method
cram definitions and simple situations
...

Well, maybe that's why professional.

score 300 = 76% -> 100% = score 394,73684210526315789473684210526...
WTF?
 
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Igama,
Does the Press book written by Iuliana Cosmina helpful?
Some ranchers, including myself took 8 courses from Dominik Cebula on Udemy.
We agree that Dominik's courses are very helpful for the exam.
 
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Is the exam also full of traps and tricky like OCAJP and OCPJP ? or is it just testing our knowledge about Spring Framework ?

Is the Pivotal book good ? it's 1000 pages long, I can't believe it's not good enough.
 
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Hi, Bonny,
According to other people in this forum, reading the books is not good enough.
They suggested taking Dominik Cebula's Spring Professional Tutorial for this exam.
And you can also tried those practice exams offered by Dominik, Jesus or some other authors.
My hint is try to read as many as possible.

This Pivotal Spring exam is the most tricky one I have ever seen.
 
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Himai Minh wrote:Hi, Bonny,
According to other people in this forum, reading the books is not good enough.
They suggested taking Dominik Cebula's Spring Professional Tutorial for this exam.
And you can also tried those practice exams offered by Dominik, Jesus or some other authors.
My hint is try to read as many as possible.

This Pivotal Spring exam is the most tricky one I have ever seen.



How is this exam compared with Java OCPJP ?
 
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Hello everybody ... Unfortunately, I didn't pass the test... Howver, I have a doubt ... maybe just because I'm a bit disappointed with myself... but I forgpot to unselecd the mark option in the exam and at the end of my test I couldn't pass of the "your test finished" or something page ....

Do you know if not unselecting the mark optiond coul have affected me?

Good luck to all .. and thanks for your help..

J
 
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No you do not have to un-select the mark options, I have passed OCAJP and OCPJP with a lot of marked answers left. But you have to confirm you finish the test twice as described in the instruction.

But how about the exam ? is it difficult ? is it more focused on our knowledge or there are a lot of questions that need to be thought and calculated.
 
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JV: welcome to the Ranch

BS: please don't quote the whole of the preceding post. That doesn't add any information and may be subject to removal.
 
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Thnaks Bonny Santoso ... thanks for clarifying .. I've also got a 290 score... and in my report it's kind of clear explained that my problema was with some Spring Boot topics... I'd say that time was a bit of factor.... in 90 minutes.. it took me around 1 hour or an 1 hour 10 mins to answer the 50 questions...and it took me around the rest 20 minutes to go through my marked questions (around 18)...

I notice now that yes, I have to review some topics ... but it's important too to READ very well at the end those questions marked ... because using a bit more logic or reading the question better might have helped me to get at least 2 or 3 questions answered right ... in my case and from my numbers... I'd have passed with the minimum note...300 ...

good luck to everyone...
 
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Hello everybody...

I just finished my 2nd try ... a week after my first attempt ... I've got 383 points ...

the page of my book that I'd like to share is ... keep trying... make a good memory exercise about what questions you had problems with and address them immediately... then focus on the points that your report mentioned where you get 1 or more wrong answers and finally .. make a good review of your notes with calm!

best of lucks to everybody!

J
 
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@Jorge

Could you help us by giving some more information about the questions that appear ?
What's so difficult about them and their main characteristics ?
 
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