CBAP Exam – Tips To Prepare And Pass | Techcanvass

Here are 7 tips to help you prepare for and pass the exam, based on interactions with Business Analysts who recently took the CBAP exam and passed.

Difference Between Knowledge Based and Competency Based Certifications

Knowledge-based certifications focus on content and learning objectives – if you have studied the materials and have some knowledge you can clear it, whereas, competency-based testing focuses on outcomes, competencies, skills, and performance and the scenario and case-study exam questions are designed to validate your proficiency level to prove you have the competencies required. CBAP Certification is a competency-based certification, wherein you need to understand most of the BABOK concepts.

Feedback from our students found the exam harder than they expected.

Reading BABOK for CBAP Exam is Enough?

This is a Myth, don’t cram the book. The key is to understand the concepts of knowledge areas in enough detail that these concepts can be applied to whatever context you are presented with like scenario-based questions or case studies. 

There are numerous questions on, “What would you do next in this situation? So you should be able to connect all the dots when you read BABOK!

Consider Classroom Training for CBAP Exam

If you cannot devote time to reading BABOK, then enroll in classroom training. Classroom setup advantages will be a better understanding of Knowledge areas from the BA mentor, Query resolution, Interactive environment wherein you can learn from fellow students about the BA practices they follow in their organization, etc.

Attending training can help you to prepare faster and also in a streamlined manner.

Don’t fall into the TRAP

Most of the BA with 8+years of experience aren’t able to clear the CBAP Exam in their first attempt? Reason – Overconfidence + answering situational scenario-based questions with their Real-world experience. This will not work in CBAP, IIBA always wants you to choose the best answer to the situation based on the BABOK concepts only.

Figure out the essence of the question, introspect it with BABOK Knowledge areas, and then eliminate wrong options which are not mentioned in BABOK.

Practice Makes it Perfect

A great way to test your BABOK knowledge is by giving mock simulation exams. Most of the Question banks provide 120-question practice tests that are timed and familiarize a candidate with the format and difficulty level of questions. Subscribe only for the question banks that are close to IIBA’s standard.

If you can score around 70-80% in your mock exam consistently, you can book your main exam with confidence!

Approach for CBAP Exam

The most time-consuming section, wherein you need to skim through some 1-2 pages for 4-5 questions. The best approach is to read the question first and ascertain if you can answer it based on the options. So, in that case, you can save some time. 

Read all the answers to the question, avoid the impulse of selecting the first option which you assume to be correct, and ignoring the rest.

Memory Dump

You get some 15 minutes before the actual test when you opt for Prometric Demo. Make use of that time to write down all inputs, outputs, or the mnemonics which you had practiced earlier. This can help you in saving time as you can refer to the notes if needed to avoid any ambiguity related to inputs and tasks.

Don’t take more than 2 minutes for any question. Save the last 30 minutes for reviewing all 120 answers again.

Good luck on your CCBA/CBAP certification journey. And if you’ve any questions, we’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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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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