How to prepare for ECBA Certification?
In this article, I am going to discuss and explain ECBA certification preparation strategy. You need to crack an online test to get the ECBA certification, so how do you prepare for the ECBA certification?
ECBA certification exam is based on IIBA BABOK guide version 3. This book is big and can be intimidating for many specially if you are new to business analysis. So I decided to enable every ECBA certification aspirant to adopt an efficient approach to the preparation.
Before, we discuss the strategy for cracking ECBA exam, lets understand the BABOK guide (This is the book on which the ECBA certification exam is based on).
BABOK guide structure
The Business analysis body of knowledge (BABOK) guide has multiple sections and the sections map is shown below:
It’s a well structured and researched book, however a very difficult book to understand. The good news is that as an ECBA certification preparation standpoint, you don’t need to go through the entire content.
The scope for ECBA certification is limited. That makes your task easier. So, what’s the scope for you? We are going to discuss that in the next section.
ECBA Certification Syllabus
IIBA has changed the ECBA Syllabus from 2021. Three of the six knowledge areas have 65% weightage from the certification exam perspective. The next important part is the Techniques section, that has 17.5% weightage.
Good news is that you can skip two of the knowledge areas completely as these have 0% weight. See the table below:.
|BABOK GUIDE KNOWLEDGE AREAS||CURRENT||NEW|
|Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring||5%||5%|
|Elicitation & Collaboration||20%||20%|
|Requirements Life Cycle Management||20%||20%|
|Requirements Analysis and Design Definition||24%||25%|
|BABOK GUIDE BUSINESS ANALYSIS KNOWLEDGE||CURRENT||NEW|
|Business Analysis and BA Professional||2.5%||2.5%|
|Business Analysis key concepts||5%||5%|
You can know more about the ECBA Exam syllabus update for 2021 by IIBA.
ECBA Preparation strategy
ECBA Certification exam is a multiple choice examination. It will have 50 questions and the time allotted is 1 hour. You can follow the following steps to prepare for the ECBA Certification examination:
Step 1: Plan for meeting eligibility criteria
Assuming you are new to business analysis, you should first try and understand what is business analysis and how does it work? What is the role of a business Analyst? What does a business analyst do in Waterfall & Agile Projects? What are the formal Business analysis skills?
This is important as this will help you in relating to BABOK guide better. As ECBA certification needs you to acquire 21 hrs of CDUs, you need to join an IIBA EEP. The EEPs should be able to cover these topics. Techcanvass is one such IIBA EEP.
Step 2: Get BABOK Guide and Study
ECBA Certification exam has a well defined focus. It means that you must go through BABOK latest version. The best way to understand the BABOK is to have completed Step 1 or to do it along with Step 1.
Note: As mention in this article above, you can be selective in reading BABOK and focus on the 3 knowledge areas with highest weightage.
Step 3: Practice chapter wise tests
This is an important aspect for your preparation. Start by taking Knowledge area/chapter wise tests. This will allow you to assess your understanding of each chapter. You can start with key concepts chapter. Our question bank has large number of these questions.
Reporting: Our question bank simulator has comprehensive reporting which helps you to analyze each test with detailed answers. It also allows you to know your overall performance anytime.
Once you are able to do well (target 70% score), go for the full length tests.
Step 4: Practice Full-length tests
In our ECBA Question bank , we have multiple full-length tests (upto 7 tests). These are in addition to the chapter wise tests as mentioned in the previous step. Overall, we have more than 1000+ questions in our question bank.
Conditioning: Take the full-length test in formal environment so that you are also prepared mentally for the actual exam.
Visit our ECBA Question bank page to know more about the questions.
Read about some practical ECBA Exam tips based on inputs from ECBA certified professionals and our experts.
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