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CBAP Exam Questions

This CBAP mock test comprises of 10 questions. These questions are drill questions, designed to test your understanding of the BABOK guide and knowledge areas. Our CBAP and CCBA Certification courses have drill questions as well as case study based questions for a comprehensive preparation.

About this CBAP Mock test

CBAP and CCBA certification questions use the vocabulary of BABOK guide and sometimes it can get overwhelming. So, it’s important to imbibe the terms and concepts used in BABOK.

We have created these questions for our students to test the vocabulary and key concepts in BABOK guide.  This is a good way of getting ready for simulated tests.

This mock test is based on IIBA BABOK guide v3.

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The basis on which requirements are prioritized is agreed upon by relevant stakeholders as defined in the Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring knowledge area."


Typical factors that influence prioritization excludes:

2.

As part of requirement analysis, Robin wants to specify and model requirements pertaining to current state of the organization. All of the following are valid reasons except one why Robin wants to create the current state model of the organization except?

3.

A Business Analyst finds the following limitations in a technique:



  1. Requires an organization to agree to collaborate on this model.

  2. When created unilaterally or in a vacuum it fails to deliver on the goals of alignment and shared understanding.

  3. Requires a broad, cross–functional collaboration in defining the model and the value framework.


Which of the following techniques is the Business Analyst referring to?

4.

Ritesh Shukla is the business analyst for a banking software for retail customer. He has created a conceptual level use case model for a funds transfer module. The use case model needs refinement by identifying include/exclude relationship. Can you help by identifying the CORRECT option?


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5.

While conducting the elicitation activity at InCable LLC, Roni Mehta is participating in an activity with stakeholders, where he is playing the role of a moderator. He is both skilled at keeping the session on track and knowledgeable about the initiative. He is able to engage all participants by being adaptable. His fellow recorder takes notes to ensure the participant’s opinions are accurately recorded.


Choose the purpose of above mentioned technique

6.

Rob is a business analyst working with ABC organization. Rob is working on a performance improvement project on web services. Management suggested Rob that these improvement initiative should not take more than 90 days to implement. What type of factor does 90-day implementation represent?

7.

In the task Maintain Requirements, this technique is used to identify requirements associated with the components and available for reuse and in the task Specify and Model Requirements it is used to model requirements in order to identify constituent parts of an overall complex business function.


Identify the technique from the following options.

8.

“A metric is a quantifiable level of an indicator that an organization uses to measure progress. An indicator identifies a specific numerical measurement that represents the degree of progress toward achieving a goal, objective, output, activity, or further input.”


Which of the following is not a key factor in assessing the quality of indicators and their metrics?

9.

Tom is a business analyst on a project and Client asked Tom to collect information on the current state of the organization. Tom plans to present the AS-IS state of the organization using specifications and models. What’s the purpose of specifying and modeling requirements process?

10.

“It is performed to determine if an enterprise is able to adapt to or effectively use a solution. This identifies which processes and tools within the enterprise are adequately equipped to benefit from the solution, and if sufficient and appropriate assets are in place to support it. When conducting it, business analysts consider:



  • Policies and procedures,

  • Capabilities and processes that enable other capabilities,

  • Skill and training needs,

  • Human resources practices,

  • Risk tolerance and management approaches, and

  • Tools and technology that support a solution. ”


Business Analyst does all the above-mentioned activities in which of the following elements of the task Assess Enterprise Limitations?



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How did I prepare and clear CBAP certification exam

Preparing for CBAP certification Exam

I am Devina Ligga, CBAP v3 certified business analyst. In this post, I am going to share my preparation strategy. How did I prepare and clear CBAP certification exam?

How did it all start?

I have a Business analysis experience of 8 years and I was confident to crack my CBAP exam on the first attempt. After all how difficult could it be? And BAs are a bunch of highly intelligent people, especially with such an experience.

So I started studying for my CBAP exam. Completed reading the BABOK v3 guide once and was so sure that I would be able to crack the exam, which was still a month and a half away. Read some blogs regarding it and then decided to go for a mock test. So all confident and geared up, I took the test and scored 45%. That’s right!!! 45%

Getting back on track

After this, the truth hit me hard, I woke up from my dream world and made a plan for myself and here I am sharing my strategy to crack the CBAP exam.

  1. Make sure you meet all eligibility criteria for appearing for CBAP exam. Fill out your application and get it approved before you start studying for the exam. You will need to complete 35 hrs of PDUs from any EEP recognized by IIBA.
  2. Book your exam date well in advance. This will give you enough time to plan and prepare for the exam
  3. Get a copy of BABOK v3 and read it as many times as you can. This does not mean to simply read and turn the pages to finish the book. You need to understand the concepts, make notes, re-read as many times as necessary. Get yourself acquainted with the book and its contents.
  4. Once you are through with the BABOK Guide, you can opt for other preparation options, like joining study groups, flashcards, online/offline training courses
  5. Make a chart of the 6 Knowledge Areas, their tasks, inputs and outputs and the techniques used. Get it printed and put it on a wall. Go through it every time you get across your wall. This will help you in absorbing the concepts
  6. Put special attention on the 50 Business Analysis techniques mentioned in the BABOK. I studied one technique at a time, researched it more unless I was quite satisfied with the knowledge I have on a particular technique. Then I moved on to the next one.
  7. Each and every part of BABOK is important from the exam perspective. Still, pay major attention to the definitions, sequences, and synthesis. Synthesis is important because the questions for CBAP are of case study model
  8. Give mock tests. As much as you can. Mock tests are available based on either a specific topic/knowledge area or a full-length CBAP exam mock. You can choose to appear for them based on your preparation and plan. But be sure to take a lot of practice tests before your exam
  9. Revise the topics. There may be certain topics you find difficult to grasp or are not very confident at. Make sure to revise them and the notes you have prepared for yourself
  10. Relax and take proper rest on the day before the exam. You will rock on the D day

 

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What is the difference between Needs and Requirements?

Needs Vs Requirements

We often use needs and requirements interchangeably. But are these two terms same? What is the difference between needs and requirements? In this article, we are going to examine the difference with the help of examples.

What is need?

The literal meaning of need is:

Need is something which is essential or very important rather than just desirable.

So, need represents a necessity which must be addressed. A simple example is – A person is thirsty and he/she needs to quench his/her thirst. This is an example of a need.

In business terms, need can be defined as:

A problem or opportunity faced by a business or organization, which needs to be addressed

Business needs is the primary reason why organizations engage experts or consultants (like IT companies) to find a solution. We will take a practical scenario to understand the concept of needs:

Case Study

Oil & Gas Company (Small)

Norman Oil and Gas company is facing severe resource issue at its local gas agencies as people are thronging to apply for new gas connection. It is disrupting the service to existing customers as delivery of cylinders to them is getting affected.

What’s the need? The need is to find a solution to stop disruption of services at local gas agencies. The needs essentially defines – WHY do we want to do something or WHY something is important? What’s the value for the organization?

So, what is requirements? How is it different from the needs?

Difference between needs and requirements

Requirements represent the needs in a useful way so that development team or the solution team can find a solution. In other words, requirements is a more detailed representation of needs meant for the specific audience.

Let’s consider our case study. In the previous section, we looked at the needs of Normal Oil and Gas company, which was to stop the disruption of services at the local gas agencies.

How can we represent this need in a useful format for the technology team? See the requirements described below:

We need to create an alternative method of capturing the applications for a new LPG connection. Each application has to be unique and must capture  the following information:

Full Name

Contact Number(s)

Location

Family Income

Email ID

Aadhaar Number

Needs described in this form, will help the development team in designing and developing the solution.

Needs explain WHY an organization wants a solution to a problem whereas requirements explain WHAT is to be done? What are the details of the problem?

Summary

Needs and requirements are two critical pieces of any project. Needs provide the reasons to initiate the project. Requirements define the needs in a useful format to enable the solution team to find the appropriate solution.

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CBAP Tutorial | BABOK Technique | Data Dictionary

CCBA CBAP tutorial on Data Dictionary

In this CCBA CBAP tutorial on Data Dictionary, we will cover the basics of this 10.2 BABOK v3 technique. Data dictionary may not be a commonly used vocabulary in your day-to-day business analysis world, but it is an important concept.

In this tutorial on data dictionary, I will try and provide a conceptual understanding of data dictionary with examples. This is part of our CCBA CBAP Study guide for CCBA and CBAP preparation course.

What is Data Dictionary?

IBM Dictionary of computing defines data dictionary as

“A centralized repository of information about data such as meaning, relationships to other data, origin, usage, and format”

A data dictionary is also referred to as metadata repository. It comprises of information about the primitive and composite data elements.

A landline number is an example of a composite data element and it comprises of primitive data elements like ISD Code, STD Code, Area code etc. Let’s consider a complete telephone number in India, it looks as follows:

+91 22 2857 1200

This number comprises of multiple information as shown below:

Basic Element Name Any other name Type of values Description
ISD Code Country Code Number The international dialling code for the country
STD Code City Code Number The country’s city code
Area Code Area Code Number Local telephone exchange number
Telephone Number Telephone Number Number Actual phone number
Complete Telephone Number = [ISD Code + STD Code + Area Code + Telephone Number]

 

The table above describes primitive data elements and the composite data elements. This table is an example of data dictionary.

Purpose of Data Dictionary

Data dictionary is used to create a standardized representation of data elements for a given project or projects and for its stakeholders. This helps in having a common understanding and representation.

Without having a data dictionary, data can have multiple interpretations in a system. This may lead to different representations. For example, one developer may present a phone number as one value (allowing numbers and ‘+’ sign) and other one may present it as a combination of multiple fields. This leads to bad user experience.

Please note that data dictionary is always created for a context (a project). A composite data element may be relevant for one project but may not be for the other.

For example, if the application under development is for customers across the world, the ISD code is a relevant part of the telephone number. We have created the data dictionary for an application with ISD number.

But, if the application is to be used only in one country, the ISD code has no relevance and should not be part of the data dictionary.

Formats for Data Dictionary

Multiple formats can be used to represent a data dictionary. BABOK v3 suggests the following format:

Data Dictionary

We can use any format for representing the data dictionary as long as it is consistent across the artifacts.

Elements of Data Dictionary

As per BABOK v3 guide, the primitive data elements should have the following information:

  • Name: A meaningful name to the element so that it be recognized uniquely.
  • Aliases: Alternate or commonly used term used for the data element, different from Name
  • Value/Meanings: Represents data types (like number or text), size, list of values (if applicable) etc
  • Description: More details about the data elements for the specific project/context

Composite Elements may be:

  • Sequences: A composite element comprises of multiple primitive data elements. These elements could be arranged in a sequence i.e. coming one after the other as in the telephone number. A ‘+’ sign is used to represent that as shown below:

[ISD Code + STD Code + Area Code + Telephone Number]

  • Repetitions: When one of the data elements gets repeated multiple times. A ‘{ }’ is used to represent that:

Invoice = Invoice_number + Date + {items-ordered} + Sub-total + Sales-Tax + Total due

  • Optional Elements: A composite data element may also have optional elements. Optional elements are represented by ‘( )’.

Customer_name = First_name + (Middle_name) + Last_name

 

Note: Care must be taken to create the data dictionaries as unnecessary and irrelevant data dictionaries can lead to limited or no realization of business value.

Data Dictionary Example – Online Payments

In this example data dictionary, a composite data element payment-data and primitive data elements are shown:

Data Dictionary Example

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This is an extract from our CCBA CBAP Study guide based on BABOK v3. The study guide is created to help aspirants understand concepts with the help of examples. BABOK v3 guide is a comprehensive book yet does not provide practitioner’s perspective.

This study guide is a complimentary study material to BABOK v3.

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How did I crack CBAP Certification exam?

How did I crack CBAP Certification exam?

In this article, Praveen vishnu shares his story of how did he crack the CBAP certification exam? He also provides some strategies for CBAP exam preparation. IIBA CBAP certification is the most reputed certification for experienced business analysts.

Praveen is working as a chief business analyst in an MNC and holds CBAP, CSPO, Six Sigma green belt and CPIM (BSCM) certifications. His detailed profile is at the end of the post. He cracked the CBAP certification in June 2015. Here is his story in his own words.

 

Filling up application form

The process started with filling up the application form. The entire process of filling up the application form and getting an approval took 15 days. I could concentrate on my preparation strategy properly once the application was approved,

Exam preparation strategies

Taking the first step

Post the application process, I started with exam preparation activities. As a strategy, I fixed the exam date and then prepared for the exam to keep myself focused with exam date in mind. This way, I made sure I knew the remaining days for the exam vs the course syllabus completed. I wanted to take the exam within 90 days of preparation so that the concepts are still fresh in mind.

I was advised by one of the CBAP certified friends to undergo a 32 hours CBAP preparation course offered by any reputed IIBA Endorsed Education Provider. This EEP provided me with excellent learning techniques, including the types of questions and pitfalls to expect on the exam, test preparation strategies, test-taking strategies and key points to concentrate and remember. I would recommend these types of courses to every CBAP aspirant especially when you have shorter preparation time. This 32 hours of class room session also helped me get 21 PDUs which was required to satisfy the application criteria.

Understanding BABOK guide

I took time to thorough myself with the entire content of the BABOK guide- All the knowledge areas, techniques and Underlying Competencies. This approach will eliminate the need to refer to additional material to pass the exam. Always remember that if you thorough yourself with all the concepts in BABOK, that’s enough to clear the CBAP exam.

Mock exam simulator

CBAP exam is a collection of multiple-choice questions, administered by a computer-based exam. It is based on the Knowledge Areas of the BABOK, plus underlying competencies. Some questions are simple and straight forward and some are difficult and challenging. Most of the questions are scenario based.

CBAP exam pattern will not only test your knowledge but will also test the application of the knowledge. Hence, I thought preparation is not complete without practicing mock questions and exams.

I paid and got access to CBAP online question bank (exam simulator) which enabled me to apply the concepts learned in the BABOK. These exam simulators also provided me with the rationale behind why answers were right and why they were wrong.

Practice, Practice and more practice

Practice makes a man perfect

I practiced online mock exams as much as possible.  First, I did a quick pass through of the entire BABOK to get a feel of it.

Second, I read through one knowledge area of the BABOK at a time to gain good understanding of the concepts. Once I felt confident, I then attempted the mock questions specific to that knowledge area until I could score a minimum of 80%.

Third, I repeated this exercise for all the knowledge areas one after the other and took knowledge area wise mock exams.

Finally, I attempted 3 full-fledged mock exams to assess the preparation levels and my target was to score minimum 80% again at an overall level. During this full-fledged mock exams, I made a setup similar to the real CBAP exam and with the same seriousness.

Taking full length mock tests

When taking the full-fledged mock preparation exams – I always tried reasoning out the options provided. As an advice, don’t dwell on questions that seem difficult or complicated. I took an approach to leave these difficult or time consuming questions blank and go on to the next question. This approach helped me save time and energy.

After the first pass, I went back to the beginning and reviewed the questions that were skipped. Always remember DO NOT SECOND GUESS questions that are already answered. During practice and preparation of mock questions, I found that for tough questions, there are generally two weaker possible answers and two that are stronger. If I was unsure of the answer, I started by eliminating the weaker answers, then worked towards determining the correct one from the remaining two. Then, I did a best guess to figure out the answer.

When answering the questions, I did not count on my experience on how I have and would have handled the scenarios but rather I went by the way it was described in BABOK.

I made sure, I took this approach for all the 3 mock exams I took during my preparation and I was able to follow the same approach and thought process during the CBAP exam too. This helped me clear the CBAP exam in my first attempt. I am glad.

All the very best for your CBAP exam!

About Praveen Vishnu

Certifications: CBAP; CSPO; Six Sigma Green Belt; CPIM (BSCM)

CBAP: CBAP cleared in June 2015

Experience: 10 years of Business Analysis and Product Owner Experience with fortune 500 MNCs with domain expertise in Automotive, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Healthcare operations.

Company: Working as a Chief Business Analyst with a reputed product based MNC in Hyderabad. This company has development centers in 20 plus countries with an employee strength of 22 thousand globally. Currently, I’m working on a project for US client involved in eliciting the customization needs of the Client and author User Stories in Gherkins format to enable development. Responsible for identifying and managing product backlog and prepare a quarterly release train plan.

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CBAP v3 Exam Questions

IIBA launched v3 of its certifications in September 2016. As per the new guidelines, all the CBAP v3 exam questions will be case study based. In this post, we are presenting a case study with follow-up questions on the CBAP v3 exam pattern.

These questions and case study is part of our CBAP certification preparation course. With the change in the pattern, it is important to align the courses with the new pattern.

Case Study – eumpaPay: Mobile eWallet Launch

eumpa electronics co., Ltd is a Korean multinational electronics company headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. It is world’s second largest information technology company by revenue. eumpa electronics has assembly plants and sales networks in over 80 countries and employees around 370,000 people.

eumpa has long been a major manufacturer of electronic components such a lithium-ion battery, semiconductors, chips, flash memory and hard drive devices.

It is world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones and smartphones fuelled by the popularity eumpa Nebula line of devices. The company is also a major vendor of tablet computers, particularly its Android Powered eumpa Nebula tab.

To expand its value added services, eumpa, is planning eumpaPay, a mobile payment and digital wallet service. The service supports contactless payments using near field communications, but also incorporates magnetic secure transmission that allows contactless payments to be used on payment terminals that only support magnetic stripe and normal contact less cards. The launch is planned for November of 2018 ahead of holidays season, in 8 countries.

eumpaPay is to be developed from intellectual property of winPay, a crowdfunded startup company that eumpa acquired in February 2015. eumpa is attempting to leverage the company secure smartphone system card Berk, which it says is the most secure mobile security platform available. This ensures security to the card details fed in by the customer. eumpaPay will be introduced with Nebula E6,E7,E8 variants in its portfolio to start with. It will be available on Visa and MasterCard. eumpaPay is supported by Barclays, Nationwide, Chase and 15 other leading banks. winPay has outsourced requirements gathering, analysis to ProAnalytics inc. a Palo Alto based Business consultancy firm. Quick prototyping and frequent Review meetings are planned to garner early customer feedback.

Solution

Market Research Team, This team will do both quantitative and qualitative research. Quantitative statistics capture adoption rates, usage frequency etc. Qualitative parameters are user motivation, likes dislikes, feedback of existing products.

Product Design Team collaborates with Market Research Team and Requirement Engineering Team to early prototypes and mockups that can be used for end user research and UX studies.

Requirement Engineering Team translates the Market Research into Functional and Non-functional requirements for Design and the Product Development team.

Product Development Team will develop the App for multiple platforms, they are responsible integration with banking platforms. Marketing Team will identify the early adopters who can start using the eWallet app. They track usage data and collect user feedback. It will runs promotions with merchants for increasing adoption.

Questions

Q1. Trevor Smith from winPay is responsible for ensuring balance in factors including scope, budget, schedule, resources, quality and risk. What role is Trevor performing.

  1. Product Owner.
  2. Process Owner.
  3. Technical Lead.
  4. Sponsor.

Q2. Of the below listed requirements which one will be last in the list of to be defined requirements by ProAnalytics .

  1. Each transaction is covered additionally by user banks fraud protection and authentication with fingerprinting, pin number or iris scan.
  2. User will be able to redeem reward points for entry into instant win games, Reward cards, gift cards to listed stores.
  3. eumpaPay provisions users to carry their cards on device allowing in person, in-app payments.
  4. When user upgrades or switches to other supported variants eumpaPay provides ability to automatically transplant the card information enabling continued usage.

Q3. Being a relatively late entrant into digital wallets market eumpa wants to strategize aggressively for market capture. A cross platform support solution which can find its way into leading Smartphones is the best fit here. Though there are no known capability gaps eumpaPay needs to be armoured with a unique value proposition that can expedite market share capturing. Which of the below techniques is the most appropriate choice to achieve the target?

  1. Business Model Canvas.
  2. B. SWOT Analysis.
  3. Benchmarking and Market Analysis.
  4. Business Capability Analysis.

Q4. Janet the lead BA at ProAnalytics suggested they do a thorough data analysis of historical data to identify trends and past results. Though her team is not buying in this idea, Janet insists and explains the criticality of this. What isJanet focusing on here.

  1. Document Analysis
  2. Datamining
  3. Elicitation
  4. Analyzing performance measures

Answers with Justifications

Answer for Question 1

Answer 01: Option C. Technical Lead

Justification:

  • A product owner is responsible for developing and maintaining requirements
  • A process owner can also be Domain Subject Matter Expert.
  • A Technical Lead is a common role listed under project management roles. Balancing the project factors including scope, budget, schedule, resources, quality, and risk falls under the scope of responsibilities of a Project Manager. Refer to BABOK 2.4.7 Page 28
  • A sponsor is not responsible for scope, budget, schedule, resources etc.

Answer for Question 2

Option D.

Justification:

  • Non-functional requirements or quality of service requirements: Conveys the

security provisions the solution must embed.

  • Functional requirements: describe the capabilities that a solution
  • Business requirements: statements of goals, objectives, and outcomes that

describe why a change has been initiated.

  • Transition requirements: Addresses the business continuity aspect of the

solution BABOK 2.3

Answer for Question 3

Option C.

Justification:

  • Balanced scorecard is used to manage performance in any business model, organizational structure, or business process.
  • SWOT analysis is a simple yet effective tool used to evaluate an organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to both internal and external conditions.
  • Market analysis may identify differences in product offerings and services that are available from a competitor. BABOK 10.4.3

• Business capability analysis provides a framework for scoping and planning by generating a shared understanding of outcomes, identifying alignment with strategy, and providing a scope and prioritization filter.

Answer for Question 4

Option C.

Justification:

  • Document analysis is used to elicit business analysis information, including contextual understanding and requirements, by examining available materials that describe either the business environment or existing organizational assets.
  • Data mining is used to improve decision making by finding useful patterns and insights from data.
  • Research can include data analysis of historical data to identify trends or past results. BABOK 4.2.2

• The purpose of Analyze Performance Measures is to provide insights into the performance of a solution in relation to the value it brings.

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My CBAP v3 preparation approach

CBAP v3 preparation approach

In this post, Mrinalika Akula shares her CBAP V3 preparation approach, which she adopted to become CBAP certified this year. As you know CBAP v3 is tougher than previous version so this post will help you understand the way, she went about the preparation.

Steps before you start CBAP preparation

Before you start preparing for the certification, you should be completing the following steps:

Verify eligibility criteria: The IIBA website clearly outlines the prerequisites and eligibility criteria for taking up CBAP certification, so go ahead and verify.

Close the application process: Get ahead with the application process if you find yourself eligible. Consider enrolling into training from a recognized EEP to gain PDs.

Schedule your exam: You can schedule your exam based on your preparation schedule.

The preparation approach for CBAP v3

CBAP certification is designed to test your understanding of the business analysis practices and their application into real-life case studies. Mastering BABOK v3 alone may not be good enough to help you get through. I have listed down the approach, I took to clear the certification exam.

Find a team: Join a Study group, or join groups on linkedin.com. Being in a pool who are aiming for the same goal will always be a motivation factor. There will be constant discussions and churning of information. This will keep you sprinting towards the certification. Find a BA mentor if possible who can groom you for the exam.

Fix a target date for the exam: Oftentimes unless there is a mandate, the certification date ends up being a shifted like a goal post. On an average, 8 to 12 weeks of preparation time would be ideal.

Understand exam layout: It’ll always be helpful to get a grip on the variety of questions encountered in the exam. CBAP exam is an assessment of Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation of BABOK concepts. Expect scenario based or case study based questions.

Make a Study Plan: Instead of slaughtering the KAs and memorizing, approach BABOK as a cohesive preparation. All the KAs are interrelated and the inputs, outputs, tasks, elements, guidelines, techniques are important cogs in the machinery. This is the only way to retain 500+ pages of information.

Try to solve mocks & simulators. Aim at scoring above 80% which is a safe finishing line.

Once you find yourself scoring above 80% consistently take the leap. It’s better to appear when you are at peak performance, unnecessary stretching will overwhelm you.

Mental Conditioning: For exams like CBAP, its extremely important to be calm and relaxed. On the exam day stay full and be hydrated else it can really impact your focus.

On the D day: Now coming to the most important 3.5 hours of the journey.

  • Need to be really swift in data interpretation and analysis especially in case studies.
  • Technique and more techniques, please focus on mastering them.
  • UML diagrams, DFDs, ER diagrams – be thorough with them.
  • Inputs and outputs for tasks can be asked under scenario based questions, don’t ignore them.
  • Time is very crucial. 3.5 hours are just not sufficient. Hence pace your exam time, wisely.

Hope this would be helpful for future CBAP aspirants. Good Luck!

About Mrinalika Akula

Mrinalika is an accomplished IT professional bringing in a successful and robust 10-years career in Business Analysis and Enterprise Application Integration. She is a CBAP v3 certified from IIBA Canada. She is also an AWS certified cloud practitioner.

Mrinalika has worked in top tier companies for fortune 100 clients in India, US & Europe, in multiple roles like Developer, System Analyst, Technology lead. She has experience of working on multi-tier CRM, ERP integrations and SOA based IT restructuring programs.

She has conducted many practice and unit level trainings, she has been part of COE teams in integration space, designed training programs and authored content for them. She has successfully led and facilitated Knowledge transfer sessions at client locations.

She does individual mentoring for CBAP aspirants.  She works with business analysts and solution teams in helping them understand the technology landscape that they work on. She specializes in creation of detailed visual models for Strategy teams.

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

CBAP Certification Training

 

Techcanvass launches BABOK v3 Revision Guide

BABOK v3 Revision Guide

 

Techcanvass has launched BABOK v3 Revision guide for its students, who enroll for ECBA, CCBA or CBAP certification training programs. This revision has been written as a certification preparation study material. This revision guide is based BABOK v3 and is suitable for three levels of certification:

  • ECBA
  • CCBA
  • CBAP

BABOK v3 Revision Guide

Purpose of BABOK v3 revision Guide

This book is authored with the intention of creating a concise revision guide for IIBA Business Analysis body of knowledge (BABOK) guide v3.0. We have not written this guide as an alternative to BABOK v3.0. Instead it is written as summarized version of BABOK. The guide is meant for professionals who are planning to undertake ECBA, CCBA or CBAP certification examination.

This revision guide captures the key concepts, definitions, business analysis practices as mentioned in the BABOK guide. To really understand the thought process behind this revision guide, consider your university exam and the notes you used to create for every exam. This is essentially a guide comprising of important notes.

For best results, this revision guide must be picked up after you have gone through the BABOK guide once. If you are planning for ECBA certification, please read it keeping in mind the knowledge areas weightages applicable for ECBA.

Contents of this book

This book covers all the knowledge areas, all 50 techniques and key concepts chapter. We have tried to capture all the key concepts, explanations and definitions from the BABOK guide and have put it in this revision guide.

Chapter 1 deals with the concepts model and provides explanations on the core concepts model as well as key concepts described in the book. In this chapter, we have explained it in simpler terms.

In the knowledge areas and the techniques chapters, we have captured all the key points and concepts. Explanations have been provided, where ever needed.

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass offers IT certification courses for professionals. We are an IIBA endorsed education provider (EEP), iSQI ATP (for Certified Agile Business Analyst Training) as well as Agile Testing alliance partner for CP-SAT certification training in Selenium.

We have a Business analyst training course with domain training in-built into it. This training program offers you the opportunity to get certified with ECBA certification as well as have banking domain understanding.

Business Analyst Course | ECBA Certification training

Business Analyst Course | ECBA Certification training

Business Analyst Training with Banking Domain

Business Analyst Training with Banking

Business Analyst Short Courses

Business Analyst Training Self-learning Course

Cheers

My CBAP certification journey

My CBAP certification journey

Techcanvass is publishing series of posts, written by CBAP certified professionals to share the experienced of professionals in getting CBAP certified. My CBAP certification journey is the experience of Mr. Manoj Kulkarni.

Manoj Kulkarni is a Consultant at Capco with experience in fixed income, equity derivatives and credit risk management. He holds a Master’s degree in Finance.

My CBAP Journey…

After having worked as a lead business analyst for around 8+ years on the professional front, I was wondering, if there a way to get my business analysis skills validated by professionals and to gain more insights into the day-to-day work which I was doing.

Having gone through series of interactions with numerous professionals/stakeholders regarding CBAP, I decided to go for it.

Well, I have always operated on DCS principle, i.e. D stands for Decide on what you have to do. Then C stands for Commitment on your time/money/energy and finally S stands or success which you strive for.

Let me share with you my journey of getting CBAP certified. I have drafted 7 steps to take you through certification journey.

Step 1: Ascertaining eligibility

Your work experience should meet Business Analysis Requirements – ensuring you meet the eligibility criteria

This acts as a filter point in order to check if your current work is exactly what a BA does? And this also helps you to answer many questions which revolve around case studies based questions.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, then you can opt to become a member of IIBA. You will get access to BABOK guide (current version is 3.0)

 

Step 2: Getting your hands on BABOK guide

Going through BABOK V3.0

This exam is completely based on the captioned book, you have to go through this book line by line and word by word, there is no shortcut to this. The questions might be from any part of this book and can use any of the concepts and scenarios. The questions, I was told, are going to be case studies based.

Ideally, you should be going through the book at least 3 times.

Step 3: Undergoing training

Earning PDU’s (Professional Development Units)

This comprises of having minimum hours of classroom training required before you take up the exam. Many IIBA endorsed institutes do provide this and that will be one of the requirement to be fulfilled. You need 35 hours of PDUs for CBAP and 21 hours for CCBA.

CBAP Course from Techcanvass

CBAP Certification course from Techcanvass

Step 4: Study and Preparation

Prepare, prepare and prepare- that’s the mantra. It’s like going back to your classroom days. Go through the training program, you have opted for. After the session, revise the chapters and read additional study resources. Solve simulation of questions chapter wise.

As I am working (like you), managing time for study is tricky but make use of weekends and on weekdays after office hours should come handy.

It’s a good idea to devise a target for exam date and then plan backward so that you can more focused. I did the same and that helped me get focused. I bought access to additional resources like study guide and practice tests. You can purchase these from Watermark Learning or Techcanvass.

I also started to take simulation exercises chapter wise, and keep checking my score until it hit a minimum of 80%.

Once I covered all the chapters, I went for full length simulation exams. This served as mock up exams before taking the mains.

You are bound to get some of your answers wrong, make note of these incorrect answers.  I followed a tick back method to keep track and to analyze the approach taken solving the questions. This was a great help in a quick concept review.

Step 5: CBAP Application Submission

I actually completed step 5 and 6 earlier to keep me focused in my preparation. You can do it after you start feeling confident about your preparation. The application form is available on the IIBA website.

You need to fill in required number of hours from your work experience. You also need to provide 2 names for your professional work as references, they can be your reporting manager and a CBAP professional who is known to you.

 

Step 6: Schedule your exam

This is important, as it gives you a target date and brings focus to your preparation. Please make sure that you always have sufficient time in your hand before booking your exam date as this gives you enough room for your preparation.

 

Step 7: Taking the exam

Attend the exam with confidence and try to keep your calm. I found the questions a bot tough initially, so didn’t spend more than 4 minutes on one Q. I kept on going further and answered the questions, I was confident about. You can mark the questions for review, and can come back to them when you have got more time for review.

Hope this will help us you all to nail CBAP. All the very best!

Thanks,

Manoj Kulkarni

 

About Manoj Kulkarni

MANOJ KULKARNI

Manoj Kulkarni is a Consultant at Capco with experience in fixed income, equity derivatives and credit risk management. He holds a Master’s degree in Finance.

He is a Solutions-oriented and practicing business analyst. A CBAP certified  professional having more thanr 9 years of hands on experience in Investment Banking-(Capital Markets), Fixed Income Settlements-Mid office, Risk Management and Complex Derivatives.

He is an MBA in Finance with 18 Finance certifications on various NSE Modules till date. He is also a Cambridge University Certified in Business English.

Currently working with Morgan Stanley on Statement and Confirms space. Prior to Capco, he has also worked with the other Investment Banks such as CITI Group & Nomura.

His interest on Mortgages, has led him to publish a whitepaper on the Capco Blog,

https://www.capco.com/insights/capco-blog/investments-begin-at-60