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.