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My CBAP experience in 22 slides, I tried my best to explain what I underwent. Hope it helps someone who is demotivated or thinking to get a CBAP certification.

My CBAP experience in 22 slides, I tried my best to explain what I underwent. Hope it helps someone who is demotivated or thinking to get a CBAP certification.

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How I cracked CBAP - Don't Miss Last 5 Slides

  1. 1. Durga Prasad , CBAP®, CSM®
  2. 2.   Watermark learning study guide, exam simulation  IIBA Business Analysis Body of Knowledge 3.0  You Tube – for specific topics  https://www.slideshare.net/maddyiscrazy/babokv3- tasks-techniques  https://www.slideshare.net/maddyiscrazy/babok-v3- tasks-input-output Pls note : There are other study aids also available, I used WM learning for my CBAP preparation. I confirm that I don't endorse any vendors here. Study Aids
  3. 3.   Get yourself a membership from IIBA, Canada. It may cost you around $50 if you are from India.  Fee depends on the region you live in, IIBA categorised countries as Region 1 , Region 2, Region 3  Find more details here http://www.iiba.org/Membership/global-membership-fees.aspx Step by Step to CBAP
  4. 4.   Get hold of an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider in your town to attain 35 PDUs (Professional Development Units)– will discuss this in next Slide  Visit IIBA Chapter in your town speak to people there to understand the schedules of Study groups  Enrol in a study group or start one by pooling people, IIBA Chapters are very co-operative Before you Jump in
  5. 5.  35 PDUs are mandatory in order to get your application approved by IIBA How to get these? 1. Approach an Endorsed Education Provider – They regularly conduct 2day sessions which may cost you but they can grant PDUs straight away 2. Keep attending IIBA webinars and participate in Study groups – This is a cost free way to get PDUs ( 1PDU is awarded for 1 webinar and 12 for a Study Group( This may also vary from chapter to chapter) 35 PDUs
  6. 6.  As you are an experienced BA – Pls visit IIBA website to find out the application process… This document will run out of scope if I start discussing application process… Lets get back to learn how to crack CBAP Application
  7. 7.   Print BABOK 3.0 and get a spiral bound or clip chapter-wise (WBS)  Get one dairy or notes to pen your learning  Alarm clock/ alarm in mobile  If possible a white board (I tried to avoid this first but in the last moment I bought one because you got to memorise and recollect all those input and outputs for task in each knowledge area.  Clean room ( No distractions) You are vulnerable now like a baby – may get distracted very easily Prepare for the war
  8. 8.   Pls be aware you will undergo lot of stress and frustration after reading the first chapter, I bet you will look at the last page and start counting pages.  Most of the people I know left this halfway, keep motivating yourself.  Devote 2hrs daily after work or before work  Stick to the timings (set an alarm for two hrs)  Watch Motivational videos to boost your morale Mind Management
  9. 9.   CBAP can be cracked in 6months or less depending on your dedication  Read BABOK for minimum 5-6 times – this may sound weird but CBAP exam only tests your BABOK knowledge not your professional experience.  I promise you will fall in love with BABOK after 5 rounds  Don’t neglect BABOK glossary Important Information
  10. 10.   Don’t read any other material or books apart from BABOK initially  Don’t take any test unless you completed 5 rounds, you can attempt but don’t lose hope if you fail  Start identifying KAs and Task numbers as well, they are very important  Make your own mnemonics to identify Tasks and techniques Important Information
  11. 11.   You should train your mind in such a way that you should keep using BABOK terminology in your daily work life  Whenever you find time keep writing Tasks, Input and output on rough papers – this activity will keep your subconscious mind react in needy time (Will tell you about this in coming slides)  Download slide share docs mentioned in study aid page in this document, print the document on A3 keep these handy for quick reference Important Information
  12. 12.  Water mark learning is pioneer in CBAP exams, I am not endorsing any vendor here, Their system is so well designed that it gives 1000+ questions to prepare and also your progress can be tracked. Only sign-up if you are ready to test your knowledge, WML is premium ! Warning: Pick WML subscription wisely, I opted 120days with greediness and ended up using it for hardly 25days. So be a better judge! Exam Simulation
  13. 13.  Where are you? The above stats can be found on IIBA website
  14. 14.   Treat this as a mission, don’t give up! I started with 34member group in that only 6 are CBAPs now…  CBAP is not a cakewalk , if you really want to be one among those few thousands in the world who made it then take it up!  You will feel the difference both personally and professionally  Daily 2 hrs for 6months is not difficult if you seriously want to be a CBAP Final Word
  15. 15.  I found CBAP on someone’s LinkedIn profile contacted and learned more about it, by then I heard its difficult to crack and thought not my cup of tea. I found an EEP of IIBA met them, understood the difficulty and took the challenge, attended their 2days session and was not that great but an eye opener that I burnt my money for 35 PDUs. I started studying BABOK… My feelings at various round of BABOK Round 1: Why is this book so dry? Round 2: I think I wasted my money and time Round 3: I find something new every time I read Round 4: I think this book isn’t making any sense to me Round 5: I have completed 5 rounds but not sure what’s happening with me ? I tested my Knowledge I badly failed here I tore my book into pieces and was so annoyed My Experience
  16. 16. I left BABOK for 3 weeks almost, I came to know about one guy who cracked the exam after reading BABOK 10times… I was like what?? I called him and asked his experience , he gave me some motivation and also about the IIBA Chapter’s study group without any second thought I signed up for a study group. I attended the study group and met many people there and some even worst than my preparation. I paired up with one buddy there and he helped me in getting my understanding correct and he used to appreciate my efforts and so do I. We used to catch up for 10mins daily on phone to discuss about topic we covered that day. My motivation went to the next level… I started my rounds again My Experience
  17. 17.  My feelings at next rounds of BABOK Alarm Rings!!! 4am ( used to study from 4:30 am to 7:30 am) Round 6: Refresher of forgotten chapters Round 7: Able to recognise tasks and I/O diagrams Round 8: Can guess what topic is in the next page Round 9: Perfection! I can tell if the term exists in BABOK or not Started to take WML simulation tests daily and meanwhile I paid my exam fee. I wrote all the topics where I failed and revisited that topic on the go. Round 10: Took this at a very high speed two days before exam My Experience
  18. 18.  1 week before exam : Touched almost all questions in WML simulation and reduced the speed as I was little confident because my buddy cleared his CBAP in that week. I stopped my test 4 days before and only read the topics where I failed. Had a very good sleep the day before On the D day! I went 3 hrs before my exam which is foolishness but I want to get rid of this CBAP notes and messy room with lot of papers. Finally they called me in , did a stringent security check Put me into a cubical which had a camera right on my face (may differ from place to place), I was eager like a bull waiting for door to open! My Experience
  19. 19.  A screen appeared with lots of instruction and navigation details– I couldn’t resist to click on I agree, I read it fully and clicked on proceed to test. Don’t overlook this part VERY IMPORTANT Exam began! Candidates are allowed to write some rough notes and stationary is provided by the prometrics centre. I started writing all my memorised mnemonics but clock was ticking and my heart was pounding, so left it and started to attempt the exam. It was a nervous situation initially…First question was a bouncer to me, I clicked on review later. Second one was straight forward , I answered it with a smile… I used to finish WML simulation in 90-120 mins like a Pro, so I was a bit confident initially but after looking at some A4 size questions I thought I may run short of time! I did, indeed… By end of 2nd hr I had answered only 90plus in that 40plus are for review… Failure feeling hit me hard! My Experience
  20. 20.  I did my best in attempting all 150 question by end of 2.5 hrs and only 30 mins in hand to review and answer 50 questions( number increased) Most of them were correct! But here is the catch never change any answers unless you are sure, because you may overthink and end up with a wrong answer. The input / output exercise which I was practicing on rough papers worked here, my subconscious mind helped me answering straight forward questions at ease! Beware of the spellings and topics out of BABOK Timer appeared ! On my screen with 10mins ( My mind voice was like… another 10mins to die) I took this exam so serious that everything had a logic and meaning to me… I have submitted my answers and closed my eyes hoping to see a failure message because most of the questions I answered in the last moment were clueless… My Experience
  21. 21.  Instructor came to my place and tapped me… I opened my eyes and found that I cleared CBAP!! I was so relived that I don’t need to wake up and read or worry for something that is haunting from past 8 months… I felt so happy that I started explaining my pain to the instructor and the amount of hard work I put to clear this certification! She gave a look “ WHO CARES!” , I realised and took my copy of the result to celebrate this victory!! I am a CBAP!! I proudly place those four letters after my name like a PHD My Experience
  22. 22.  Dear Reader, If you find anything that shouldn’t be disclosed here please write to me. The only intention of this document is to help CBAP aspirants crack the exam. I am not against / endorsing any institutions or service providers. Please provide your feedback @ daaripaka@gmail.com Regards, Durga Prasad, CBAP , CSM Disclaimer

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