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Where can I find study materials for the Core Spring certification?

Spring 4:

  • Around September 2014, Pivotal updated the Core Spring course material and exam. Same major topics, however the emphasis is to use java configuration. Pivotal Academy


  • Spring 3:

  • In July 2010, Spring Source put out a 3.X study guide
  • Jeanne Boyarsky posted her study notes along with a lot of exam commentary
  • See Jeanne's list of resources with comments for each one.
  • Gavin Lasnitzki certification resources for Spring 3.0


  • Spring 2.5:

  • Spring Source's 2.5 study guide
  • Spring Source's 'sample questions' (they aren't multiple choice like on the exam)


  • Where can I find mock exams for the Core Spring certification?

    No.Mock ExamsNo. of QstnsComments
    1SpringSource Certified Spring Professional (Spring Certification) - Practice Tests2505 Complete tests. There is a free trial providing 5 questions.


    Where can I find sample questions for the Core Spring certification?


  • Per Dan's thread, JavaBlackBelt has some questions (as of last check, they were old questions for Spring 2). Skill guru has samples of 50 questions for $.99 that cover Spring 3.
  • BlackBeltFactory also has a sample exam that is harder than the real exam.


  • Where are some experiences from someone who has taken the exam?
    Dan Fernandez explains in great detail his preparation process for 2.5 test as a grandfathered candidate (without having taken the course.)

    How much is the cost for the exam?
    First of all, Spring has removed the grandfathered mode of buying voucher. Now you have to mandatorily attend the prohibitively expensive training courses (I find it insanely priced and policied, why can't I learn by myself and take the certification) to get a voucher to take the examination.
    The cost of training depends on account type and date and time. Account type depends on whether your organization is partnered with springsource or VMware. My organization has not partnered (and I belive that is the case with most of the guys out there). So for me it costs around $2511 + taxes, to take the training (to earn the voucher) for Spring Core between dates 10/26/2010 - 10/29/2010. Nope, I'm not spending two and a half grands for one certification. My organization policy would not allow me to reimburse one certificate that cost more than $500.



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