Top 5 Free Spring Core Professional Certification Mock Exams and Practice Questions
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Many Java developers don't know that similar to Oracle's Java certification, there is also a Spring certification program, which certifies yourself for your Spring framework skill.
There were three Spring certifications available previously, Spring Professional certification exam, which certifies on your general knowledge about Spring framework, Spring Web Application Developer exam, but now only one Spring Professional certification exam remains
Earlier, SpringSource provides these certifications, but now, they are provided by Pivotal, the company behind the Spring framework.
One of the reasons why many Java developers are not aware of Spring certification was the steep cost of the Spring certification. Earlier, it was exclusively for developers who enrolled in the expensive, online Spring course from Pivotal.
The cost of the training was quite expensive, if you were to pay from your own pocket, it will cost you around 3200 USD or around 50,000 INR, depending upon which training you take in India.
If you compare this to a Java certification, which costs around 246 USD, it's very expensive, and because of that steep cost for the Spring certification, many Java developers were not keen to get certified, but things have changed now.
From 10th May 2017, it's not mandatory to take Spring training for getting Spring certified. You can directly purchase the exam voucher, which cost around 200 USD on the Pivotal website and take the exam. If you pass, you will become a Pivotal-certified Spring developer.
The Spring certification exam is a computer-based exam, and there are a total of 50 questions in the exam. You will get 90 minutes to answer them. A passing score is 76 percent, which means you need to answer 38 out of 50 questions correctly — that's quite high compared to other certifications.
But the good thing is that you are not required to write code, which means that the time allotted is more than enough to solve those questions. They mainly test your core concepts.
5 Free Spring Certification Practice Tests
In order to prepare for your Spring certification exam using self-study, you need a good study guide and a good exam simulator. In last a couple of articles, I have shared some of the best study guides for Spring certification, and today, I'll share some of the best Spring mock exams that are freely available on the Internet for practice.
You can use these tests both for checking your knowledge as well as for checking the quality of questions before purchasing the full-length Spring exam simulator
Here is my collection of some of the best Spring Core Professional Certification dumps and online practice tests that are available at no cost.
1. David Mayer's Spring 5.0 Mock Questions (10 Questions)
This is one of the best free Spring mock exams available online. It contains 10 questions, which you take online in a time-based test or you can download PDF for offline reading. It will give you a good idea about the difficulty level of the questions you can expect in the real exam.
To be honest, there are not many free practice tests available for Spring certifications. Those few which are available also doesn't have enough questions for practice; hence, if you are serious about the Spring certification, I suggest you buy the full version of this exam, which contains 200 high-quality questions for Spring certification.
2. Java and Moies Spring 4.2 Certification Questions (50 Questions)
This is one of the best free Spring certification tests available right now. They have shared 50 sample questions for Spring Core 4.2 Professional exam. The mock exam contains practice questions on all major topics; here is the number of questions for each topic:
- Container (13)
- Test (5)
- AOP (10)
- Data Access (5)
- Transactions (5)
- Spring MVC (3)
- Spring Security (3)
- Remoting (2)
- JMS (2)
- JMX (2)
You can also find the answers for all question at the end of the PDF document. If you are thinking about how to prepare for this topic, well, there is no single course or book. You need to take help from a couple of sources like Spring Framework 5: Beginner to Guru covers most of this topic.
Also, here is the updated list of topics for Spring 5 Certification
To prepare for REST and Spring Security in depth, I suggest you check fellow blogger Eugen Paraschive's Learn Spring Security: The Certification Class and REST with Spring Certification class courses — both are excellent not just for certification but to gain, in general, experience and knowledge required for a professional job.
3. Vojtech Ruzicka's Spring 4.2 Question Deck (200 Questions)
Vojtech Ruzicka's has shared some useful tips, notes, and practice questions for both Spring core and Spring web exams. If you are preparing for Pivotal Certified Spring Professional, then these practice questions are immensely useful.
There is also a set of flashcards using Anki software. The questions are basically derived from the Spring core study notes. Anki provides desktop clients as well as mobile applications, so you can study on the go.
Once you download his deck of exam questions, you can use it on your desktop or mobile device at your convenience. The deck contains close to 200 questions, and you can import the deck in Anki using File → Import.
4. Java and Moies Spring 3.0 Certification Questions (50 Questions)
Mock questions to prepare the Core Spring 3.x Certification: free 50 multiple-choice questions/ 88 minutes/ passing score = 76 percent (38 questions answered successfully). You can download the PDF of these Spring questions from this link. Even though the questions for Spring 3.0 certification, it's still useful and you can give it to check your knowledge and understanding of core spring framework.
5. Spring 3.0 Certification Questions Online by SkillGuru (50 Questions)
This is the online version of the previous mock exam. If you want to give a test online, you can also take this test on Skill guru website, it's available there. Though, you need to register at Skillguru website before you can take this practice test online.
That's all about some of the best Spring certification practice tests, which are freely available on the web. If you are a Java programmer preparing for Spring certification, then I have shared some of the most useful resources to help you in your preparation.
The list includes Spring certification notes for both Spring core and Spring Web certifications, Spring mock exams, free Spring Certification dumps, books for Spring certifications, and official Spring certification guides. You can check them in your free time.
- Spring Framework 5: Beginner to Guru
- Java Spring Framework 4 and Spring Certification
- REST with Spring by Baeldung
- How to prepare for Spring certification using self-study
- Does Spring certification help in Job and Career?
- How to Crack Spring 5 Professional Certification Exam
Lastly, if you are an experienced Java developer and have been using the Spring framework for 3 to 5 years and want to get certified for your skill, I suggest you go through David Mayer's Online Spring Mock test. It's a free test, and if you can score over 80 percent, then you are ready for the real exam.
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