November 25, 2020
How to prepare for CBAP

How to prepare for CBAP certification exam?

A step by step approach on – how to prepare for CBAP certification exam and clear it in the first attempt.

CBAP exam preparation approach

In this article, we are going to provide a step-by-step approach on – how to prepare and pass CBAP certification exam? The preparation approach, suggested in this article, is based on our discussions with CBAP certified trainers (who are faculty members at Techcanvass) and our students, who cleared the CBAP exam.

How to prepare for CBAP Exam

As you are aware that CBAP is tough to crack. So, it requires a good preparation approach and study plan.

The questions are based on BABOK version but on application of concepts and not on memorisation of BABOK topics.

So, Here is our recommended step-by-step CBAP preparation plan:

Set a target exam date

Target date is like setting up a goal post to keep you focused.

A target date is based on your time availability and schedule. The preparation requires you to go though BABOK multiple times and practising with enough questions. Taking these into account, you should consider anything between 12-16 weeks of preparation.

Get hold of BABOK quickly

There is no short cut to BABOK reading, you have to go through BABOK at least thrice. That’s what every one has recommended. It’s not about just reading BABOK but to build your knowledge and application. Here is one recommended plan:

First reading: Understanding key concepts, relationships and make a note of key aspects and develop your mnemonics to remember things.

Second Reading: Understanding application of concepts, business analysis activities and techniques. You have to use mock questions (chapter wise tests is the best option) to make your second attempt more useful. This is the time to enrich your mnemonics.

Third reading: This reading should be just before you are going to undertake full length simulated tests. Second reading and doing chapter wise tests will give you insights into your weak areas and gaps in your understanding and BABOK knowledge.

Choose a question bank carefully

Your success depends on choosing a good question bank so that it gives you a good assessment of your preparation. If anyone of you has prepared for GMAT or CAT, you can use that experience.

For others, here are a few guidelines:

a) The question banks should be able to help you test through your BABOK readings. The first reading is basic and you are developing your concepts, so the question bank should provide you access to questions to check your basic BABOK knowledge

b) During your second BABOK reading, you need tougher questions based on application of BABOK knowledge. As you know CBAP exam comprises of scenario and case study questions, so you need those kind of questions

c) Finally, you need 4-5 full length tests to get ready for the final exam.

A multi level question bank is going to be useful. Techcanvass does offer CBAP question bank. The link is provided below.

Score 75-80% in your tests

Through your second BABOK reading, you are going to take scenario based and case study questions. Your target should be 75-80% score. If you are not able to meet your targets, you should consider reading BABOK more thorougly.

Using full length tests wisely

CBAP full length tests are lengthy and will be exhausting. Going through 120 questions and sitting for those many hours can be challenging. Before you start taking them, you must consider the following:

  1. Spend as much as time as possible in step 8 to make sure that you start feeling confident.
  2. Start taking full-length tests in the last 7-10 days to give final touches to your preparation.

In the full length exams also, your target should be 75-80% score consistently.

What’s next

Here is a list of what you can do next?

Read about Mrinalika Akula CBAP v3 preparation journey

Also, Read about CBAP exam preparation journey of Manoj Kulkarni.

Try CBAP Exam questions and Try our BABOKDrills – an interactive way of revising your BABOK chapters

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.

You can check out our CBAP Training course and with the current offer as shown below:

CBAP Training Course

Abhishek Srivastava

Abhishek Srivastava is a seasoned IT professional with diverse experience in Banking, Insurance, Utility and Education domains. Managing large accounts, Program management & Developing business solutions has been his forte.An NIT / IIM Kozhikode graduate, He founded Techcanvass ( in 2013. With Techcanvass, He is pursuing his dream of creating an organization imparting quality education to IT professionals. He believes that learning is a lifelong journey and one must never stop learning.He also loves writing and sharing his knowledge. Some of his notable books are ERP to E2RP, UML Modelling for Business Analysts, Business Analysts Practitioners Guide, Software Testing: A practical Approach. All these books are available on Amazon.

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