1. Choose the Right Certification For You
There’s no surer way to success than picking the certification that is right for you. Many students let the certification choose them, rather than the other way around. Your decision to take one or more certifications should be based on more than just salary surveys or what your someone else is doing. If you decide to take the certification plunge without thinking  through this step you could realize months down the line that the certification you picked is not the right one for you. That could be a very expensive waste of money and time.
Ask the following questions to yourself before choosing a certification:

1. Why do I want this certification?

2. Will the certification exam match my interests and new goals?
3. Will the certification add value to my existing skills and experience?
4. How often will I have to take the certification exam?
5. What certification can I choose to get a high salary and prove my knowledge?

Choosing the right certification is half the story. Keep in mind that most people in technology earn good money. Salary surveys may show that a person with certification ‘X’ may be slightly more than a ‘hotter’ certification, but most people also want to enjoy what they are doing. Happier employees are generally more enthusiastic and typically earn more money in the long run.

2. Research the Certification
Once you have decided on the certification you want to earn, dig deeper. Find out what skills are required to pass the certification, if there pre-requisites to be met, the experience required, the format of the exam, the number of questions and so on. All of this information is available on the website of the certification vendor, or from the website of a reputed, certification exam preparation company such as uCertify.

3. Analyze your Skill Inventory
Take the time to clearly identify the gaps in your knowledge as compared to the required exam objectives. Go through each exam objective to determine how much preparation you will need. A quick diagnostic test can give you an idea, although a thorough and honest analysis is more likely to tell you where your strengths and weaknesses in the subject are. This exercise will help provide focus once you begin studying for the exam.

4. Pick a training method that works for you
Not everyone learns the same. Formal classroom training has its advantages, but it’s not an option for many people due to price, availability, and scheduling conflicts. Self-study using books is cheaper and more flexible, but it can be monotonous and very boring. E-learning options can be a good balance. It does require a good sense of discipline and self-motivation. Much less than expensive than traditional classroom training, yet extremely flexible, the better E-learning solutions provide you the best of both worlds. An excellent choice for e-solutions is test preparation software. Many offer guided learning, study tips, pop quizzes, tests that adapt to your level of difficulty, instant feedback in a private, non-competitive setting.

5. Set a Deadline
Set a deadline, but be reasonable. If you are brand new to the subject and have no experience in the area, expecting to learn the subject and pass in one week, may not be the best of ideas. On the other hand, although studying at your own pace and taking the exam “when you are ready” has its merits, it doesn’t work for most people, for whose busy lives are filled with distractions. When you decide to embark on your certification journey, set a deadline for the day you want to take the exam. Again, be sure to set the time based on the amount of time you will have to study and your level of experience. Define a daily or weekly schedule, including a time-line for each exam objective, how much you will read each day, when will you start studying, setting aside time for topic-wise review, lab time, and above all, practice, practice, practice!

6. Understand the Exam – be aware of brain dumps
To discourage memorization of answers, and to make the exams representative of real world environments, certification vendors make sure the test formats don’t encourage ‘brain dumps’. The exam formats are specifically designed to ensure your understanding of real world scenarios. Expect lots of troubleshooting questions, complex scenarios, and interactive questions that require you to execute a specific task on a simulated control panel.
Be particularly aware of brain dumps that give you a false sense of security. More importantly, you are likely learn very little. Even if you do manage to pass the exam, it will quickly become apparent to a prospective employer that you do not understand the subject well enough to apply to a job.

7. Use the best study material you can afford
The vast majority of IT certification seekers need help preparing for exam. Choices abound, but the question is, which provider offers the best product at the best price? Certification exams are expensive – don’t short change yourself. Choose carefully. Use this simple checklist:
– Product quality is key. The best measure of product quality is the vendor’s track record.
– Ask about their pass rate
– What are their customers saying about them?
– Do they stand by their products? Is their guarantee simple and straightforward? Many offer a money back guarantee with too much fine print.
– Does the product cover all exam objectives? Compare against the certification vendor site if possible
– How many practice questions do they offer? Remember, practice is key to passing, no matter how experienced you are.
– Be sure the practice questions cover a variety of questions and question types, typically found in the corresponding exam.
– Detailed Study Notes
Does the software provide a mechanism to learn, in addition to just practice? This guarantees you know the subject, not just enough to pass the exam
– Customizable Tests
How flexible are their tests? Can it be customized to your time and learning levels?
– Feedback mechanism
Does it offer instant feedback? Be sure the feedback mechanism provides both correct and incorrect answers with detailed explanations and reference sources for each answer. Does it offer progress tracking by exam objective?
–  Support
What about after sales service? Do they offer support?
A good way to evaluate a product is to get a free, trial version and check out the features.

8. Learn as much as you can
The idea is to learn as much as possible about the subjects covered under the certification. While there is no substitute for training, Books, blogs, and certified study guides all provide plenty of useful information. Search the internet and read as much as you can by way of articles, blogs, free practice tests and free certification advice. Good study notes are invaluable sources of learning. Articles and blogs may be used as supplementary notes to increase your knowledge of the subject.
Many test preparation software vendors provide detailed study notes along with their product. Be sure to completely familiarize yourself with this material. This is the learning process, which is very important. It differentiates you from those who use a braindump type of preparation tool, which simply does not provide you with the knowledge required on the job.
Go through the review questions and lab scenarios in each chapter taking notes as you go through each objective. It’s hard to memorize an entire book, so focus on fully understanding exam objectives. Many books and test preparation software do a good job of creating review questions for each exam topic. They also offer callouts of “Exam Tips” or “Alerts” for tricky questions. Here’s where test preparation software has a big advantage over books and even classroom training. The feedback mechanism provides for detailed explanations for both correct and incorrect answers. Review all answers to get a good grasp of the subject.

Join forums to get advice on technical questions and/or share your knowledge. Forums can offer useful information by way of current updates or changes to your certification exam. You can share ideas and read posts from other people studying for, or experienced in the certification process. Get answers to technical problems and help others. Working through technical problems will not only help increase your confidence, but also will motivate you to fill you knowledge gaps.

9. Practice, Practice, Practice
This is the single most important step to passing certification exams. IT certifications require a lot of study and practice. Many students spend weeks, if not months preparing for the exam. Once the student has completed all the study material, the focus should be on practice, practice, and still more practice. There is simply no substitute for it. Even for a professional with experience in the subject, getting used to format of the exam and the time constraints is very important. This skill can only be achieved through practice. Do not compromise in this area. It is the crucial difference between passing in the first attempt and failing.

10. Stay motivated
Most people start their certification journey with the best of intentions. But dedicating time every day for days at a stretch can be hard. Procrastination is much easier! If you are having a hard time staying motivated to study, you are not alone. You do have options. Get a certification buddy, a study partner or a study group. Make it as competitive as you wish it to be – maybe you can start a friendly contest to see who passes their exam first, or gets the highest score. Meet on a regular basis, and talk about exam topics and review questions.
If group study is not your thing or you simply do not have the time to find a study partner or group, choosing the right training software becomes all the more important. Pick one that makes learning simple and fun. You want the software to be simple and intuitive to use – after all, who has the time to learn how to use the test preparation software?

11. Scheduling your exam
Increase your chances of success by scheduling the exam at a time of day . For most people, this is between 10am – 2pm. If you are more of an evening person, try scheduling the exam as late in the day as possible. Weekdays are typically less crowded than on Saturdays. This means less distractions during the exam. Try to give yourself a few hours of free time to run through your review questions and study sheets just before you take the test.

12. Be relaxed

Being calm and relaxed is critical to success on the day of the exam. Study and practice constantly the days prior to the exam, but the night before the exam, take it easy. Don’t stay up too late the night of the exam. This can have an adverse impact on performance. Eat a light, healthy meal to keep you fresh and energetic. Keep yourself hydrated well.
On the big day, arrive about 15 minutes early, bring 2 forms of photo ID, and an additional pen if you need one. Take the spare time to clear your head, at the testing center. Some people arrange a “study sheet” of important exam concepts and review it in the parking lot just before they take the exam. Printing out practice test questions and reviewing them just before the exam can be helpful as well.

13. Before you start...
The test does not start until you start on the computer. Take blank sheets of paper and note down any tables or additional information you believe you may “draw a blank on” throughout the test. It features the different types of questions you will come across, as well as the new interactive and drag and drop questions. Be calm before you start. When you are ready to start the real exam, take a deep breath. It is simply a test.

14. Test Taking Strategy
When looking at a multiple choice questions, keep in mind to read the entire group of answers before just clicking on the first right one you come across. Vendors are looking for the “most correct” answer, and there may be 2 near correct answers. If you are confused by a question, try to eliminate the obviously wrong answers first. This will improve your probability of selecting the right answer from the remaining options.

15. If you fail, retake the test within 2 weeks
It is important to get right back if you failed by a slight margin. Observe the test as a learning experience. As soon as possible after the test, mark the questions that confused you, so you don’t forget them. Study some more, and retake the test as soon as you feel comfortable. If your performance was nowhere what you expected it to be, study and practice harder.

Q. What is the 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring exam?
A. Microsoft’s 70-680 test validates your skills and knowledge to efficiently install, configure and manage the Microsoft Windows 7 desktop operating system in an enterprise environment. Candidates are expected to have at least one year of experience in the IT field, as well as experience implementing and administering any Windows client operating system in a networked environment. The TS: Windows 7, Configuring (70-680) exam provides credit towards MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the 70-680 exam?
A. There is no prerequisite for appearing the exam.

Q. What are the benefits of the MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration certification?
A. Microsoft’s MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) certification is a latest certification on the Windows 7 technology. The MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration certification has been designed for professionals who have a thorough knowledge in installing, managing and configuring Windows 7 including new features such as security, network, and applications. This certification validates a candidates ability to understand the functions and features of Windows 7 and to troubleshoot network-connectivity and applications issues.

Q. What credit does the 70-680 exam provide?
A. Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7, Configuring: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):

  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7

Q. What certificate does it provide?
A. Passing just one mandatory Core test (i.e. <a href="/exams/Microsoft/70-680.html”>70-680) will fetch you MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration certification.

Q. How many questions are asked in the test?
A. Approximately 42

Q. What is the duration of the test?
A. 120 Minutes

Q. Which type of the test is it? (Adaptive/Linear)
A. Linear

Q. What is the passing score?
A. Approximately 700 out of possible 1000.

Q. What is the test retake policy?
A. If you do not pass test 70-680 the first time, you may retake it at any time. If you do not achieve a passing score the second time, you must wait at least 14 days to retake the test a third time. A 14-day waiting period will be imposed for all subsequent exam retakes. If you have passed an exam, you cannot take it again.

Q. Is the 70-680 exam right for me?
A. This exam is intended for candidates that operate in computing environments that use Microsoft Windows 7 as a desktop operating system in an enterprise environment. If you wish to excel as a support technician, or as a network administrator, this exam is right for you. According to Microsoft, candidates should be able to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 7, and mobile computing.

Q. What to expect in the 70-680 exam?
A. Multiple-choice, scenario-based, hot-spot types, and simulation questions are asked on the following topics:

  • Installing, Upgrading, and Migrating to Windows 7
  • Deploying Windows 7
  • Configuring Hardware and Applications
  • Configuring Network Connectivity
  • Configuring Access to Resources
  • Configuring Mobile Computing
  • Monitoring and Maintaining Systems that Run Windows 7

Q. What are the code languages available for the exam?
A. English

Q. Where to take the test?
A. Microsoft certification exams are provided through Prometric.

Q. How to locate a testing center?
A. Visit the Prometric site to locate a testing center.

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    The skills measured by GSLC includes working with security management and administration. Upon passing this test, you will become an GSLC certified.

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    Microsoft’s 70-568-VB certification test is the first part of a two-part upgrade process for candidates who are certified as an Microsoft MCPD Enterprise Application Developer on the .NET Framework 2.0 and want to upgrade their certification to MCPD Enterprise Application Developer on the .NET Framework 3.5.

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Q. What is the 1Z0-402 exam?
A. 1Z0-402 is one of the OCA exams provided by Oracle. Oracle’s 1Z0-402 test validates your knowledge of efficient skills needed to be proficient at the Unix or Linux command line.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the 1Z0-402 exam?
A. There is no specific pre-requisite for this exam.

Q. What are the benefits of becoming an 1Z0-402 certified?
A. After qualifying the Oracle Enterprise Linux Fundamentals certification exam, you become a Linux professional and would be able to answer Linux interview questions and answers for Linux specialist jobs.

Q. What credit does the 1Z0-402 exam provide?
A. 1Z0-402 and 1Z0-403

Q. What certificate does it provide?
A. Certified Associate Oracle Enterprise Linux Certified Implementation Specialist OPN Certified Specialist.

Q. How many questions are asked in the test?
A. 87

Q. What is the duration of the test?
A. 120 minutes

Q. Which type of the test is it? (Adaptive/Linear)
A. Linear

Q. What is the passing score?
A. 57

Q. What is the test retake policy?
A. Candidates must wait at least 14 days before retaking any failed proctored exam.

Q. Why should I become certified?
A. There are many benefits of becoming an Oracle Enterprise Linux Administrator. The 1Z0-402 test is suitable for you if you are a medium to advanced level Linux user or administrator. The salary of an Oracle Enterprise Linux Administrator professional is comparatively very high to the other IT professionals. According to a research done by TCO, the average salary of Linux IT administrators and maintenance engineers is 19.3% higher than that of Windows 2000/2003 engineers.

Q. Is the 1Z0-402 exam right for me?
A. After qualifying the Oracle Enterprise Linux Fundamentals certification exam you become a Linux professional and would be able to answer Linux interview questions and answers for Linux specialist jobs.

Q. What to expect in the 1Z0-402 exam?
A. The 1Z0-402 exam validates your basic knowledge of Unix and Linux command line. The 1Z0-402 actual exam consists of multiple-choice questions.

Q. What are the code languages available for the 1Z0-402 exam?
A. English

Q. What are the skills being measured for the 1Z0-402 exam?
A.

  • Enterprise Linux fundamentals Multi user concepts
  • The Linux file system
  • Manipulating files
  • Text Processing
  • Shell Basics
  • Regular Expressions
  • Archiving and Compressions
  • Text Editing
  • Messaging
  • The Secure Shell
  • Managing software
  • Command shells
  • Introduction to shell scripting
  • Process management and job control
  • Printing
  • Mounting file systems and Managing Removable media
  • X window system

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Q. Where to take the test?
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Candidates need to practice the following 30 things to successfully pass the Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional (1Z0-146) examination:

  1. Introduction to PL/SQL
  2. List restrictions on calling functions from SQL expressions.
  3. Handle exceptions and manage dependencies.
  4. Use Oracle-supplied packages.
  5. Identify guidelines for cursor design and use cursor variables.
  6. Create subtypes based on existing types.
  7. Create collections (nested table, array and associative arrays, PL SQL tables).
  8. Use collections methods and manipulate collections.
  9. Distinguish between the different types of collections and their uses.
  10. Execute external C programs and Java programs from PL/SQL.
  11. Explain the process of fine-grained access control.
  12. Implement and test fine-grained access control.
  13. Create and manage LOB data types.
  14. Use the DBMS_LOB PL/SQL package.
  15. Use of temporary LOBs.
  16. Describe SecureFile LOB features.
  17. Enable SecureFile LOB deduplication, compression, and encryption.
  18. Migrate BasicFile LOBs to the SecureFile LOB format.
  19. Use native and interpreted compilation methods.
  20. Tune PL/SQL code and enable intraunit inlining.
  21. Improve memory usage by caching SQL result sets and using the DBMS_RESULT_CACHE package.
  22. Write queries that use the result cache hint.
  23. Set up PL/SQL functions to use PL/SQL result caching.
  24. Run reports on source code.
  25. Determine identifier types and usages.
  26. Use the DBMS_METADATA package to retrieve object definitions.
  27. Trace PL/SQL program execution.
  28. Profile PL/SQL applications.
  29. Describe SQL injections, reduce attack surfaces, and design immune code.
  30. Use the DBMS_ASSERT package and test code for SQL injection flaws.

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The Zend PHP5 ZCE certification is designed to measure the level of knowledge and PHP programming of a candidate. Before taking the Zend 200-500 exam, you should practice the following:

  1. Understand PHP syntax, operators, variables, constants, functions, and arrays.
  2. Understand OOPS modifiers/inheritance, interfaces, and exceptions.
  3. Implement static methods and properties, and autoload.
  4. Configure and manage session security.
  5. Perform cross-site scripting and cross-site request forgeries.
  6. Mitigate SQL injection, remote code injection, and email injection.
  7. Understand XML basics, simple XML, XML extension, and Xpath.
  8. Understand Web services basics.
  9. Implement SOAP and REST.
  10. Perform string searching, replacing, and formatting.
  11. Analyze SQL queries and prepared statements.
  12. Perform GET and POST data.
  13. Implement cookies and HTTP headers.
  14. Perform files reading and writing.
  15. Understand file system functions and streams.
  16. Understand object orientation, E_STRICT, etc.