Frequently asked questions

General

What is the passing mark for CBAP? How many have taken the v3 exam? What is the estimated pass rate?


IIBA does not reveal any of these numbers, but we assume the passing mark it is 70% and the estimated first-time pass rate is 80% and may be higher.




What is the timeline for the end-to-end process? For example, I complete training, finish application, get approved and take the test? Are there time requirements?


The main time constraint is the one year you must sit for your exam once your CBAP application is approved. Generally speaking, a sensible goal is to take your exam within 6 months of approval. If you follow advice and devote 100 hours of study, that amounts to an average of 4 hours per week, which is quite manageable. Taking a class from Vellicate will reduce the remaining time needed to prepare. The training schedule for the instructor-led live training is available at https://www.vellicate-tech.com/training-calendar. You many also prepare with our self-paced eLearning which is available at https://www.vellicate-tech.com/elearning




What is different between Vellicate and other online training sites?


There are several ways: 1) Our experience – we’ve provided both PMP and CBAP preparation longer than other vendors. Our instructors have both the depth and breadth of experience from requirements analysis to architecture design to running a $40 Million IT business 2) We thoroughly understand bodies of knowledge like the BABOK and can effectively translate it to help you understand it. Our knowledge gives you an edge using our exam questions with explanations for correct and incorrect answers and BABOK reference numbers to focus your study. 3) We offer a comprehensive solution that no other vendor does: a 35-hour CBAP prep class that includes our top-rated Study Guide, flash cards, study tables, and the best exam simulator available. 4) Responsive and supportive customer service.





Frequently asked questions

General

What is the passing mark for CCBA? How many have taken the v3 exam? What is the estimated pass rate?


IIBA does not reveal any of these numbers, but we assume the passing mark it is 70% and the estimated first-time pass rate is 80% and may be higher.




What is the timeline for the end-to-end process? For example, I complete training, finish application, get approved and take the test? Are there time requirements?


The main time constraint is the one year you must sit for your exam once your CCBA application is approved. Generally speaking, a sensible goal is to take your exam within 6 months of approval. If you follow advice and devote 100 hours of study, that amounts to an average of 4 hours per week, which is quite manageable. Taking a class from Vellicate will reduce the remaining time needed to prepare. The training schedule for the instructor-led live training is available at https://www.vellicate-tech.com/training-calendar. You many also prepare with our self-paced eLearning which is available at https://www.vellicate-tech.com/elearning




What is different between Vellicate and other online training sites?


There are several ways: 1) Our experience – we’ve provided both PMP and CBAP preparation longer than other vendors. Our instructors have both the depth and breadth of experience from requirements analysis to architecture design to running a $40 Million IT business 2) We thoroughly understand bodies of knowledge like the BABOK and can effectively translate it to help you understand it. Our knowledge gives you an edge using our exam questions with explanations for correct and incorrect answers and BABOK reference numbers to focus your study. 3) We offer a comprehensive solution that no other vendor does: a 35-hour CBAP prep class that includes our top-rated Study Guide, flash cards, study tables, and the best exam simulator available. 4) Responsive and supportive customer service.




Ideal preparation time (in days or months) required to complete the CCBA certification?


We recommend 100 hours of study time, which can be reduced if you take a class like our CCBA Certification Prep class. The time you can devote to studying will determine how long that takes. Let’s say you can spend 4-5 hours a week studying, then it will take approximately 6 months of studying.




I started reading the BABOK just 2 days back. I went thru the first KA (Planning) and realized that I might be better off going thru the Techniques chapter first and then come back to the KA chapters (with good understanding of each technique that is being described). Does that make sense?


Yes, that sounds like a good approach for you. There will be several questions on techniques on the CBAP exam, so they are a critical part of the BABOK to study. Another approach is to study each Knowledge Area and then study the techniques for each task. That provides some context for applying the techniques.




I found I am having to memorize the tasks associated to the techniques. For example, I would think brainstorming could logically apply to analyze current state. Are there any other ways to make understanding this more logical?


My question to you is: why do you feel a need to memorize the tasks for each technique? That is a difficult chore. My suggestion is to become familiar with each technique and have a general understanding of the techniques used by each task. Vellicate CCBA Preparation training https://www.vellicate-tech.com/ccba has just right balance between understanding and remembering.




Is the interface of IIBA’s exam similar to Watermark’s (with flags, etc.)?


Yes, the actual interface will be similar. You should be able to navigate back and forth through your exam, flag questions for review, and browse thru any of your unanswered questions. Our simulator has a timer like the real exam so you can practice doing “speed tests” to gauge your pace for answering questions.




Does the format of the questions on Watermark reflect exactly the format of the questions on the exam? If not, what are the differences?


We can’t say exactly, but we are very close. IIBA uses an exam methodology based on Bloom’s taxonomy, providing a clear structure for writing questions and answers. With over 10 years of experience with CBAP preparation, we have refined our abilities to create effective practice questions. The feedback we receive from successful candidates is our best indicator of how close we are.




I’ve heard CCBA v3 exam is only about case studies and scenarios. At the same time, your CCBA simulation exam still has definition-based questions. Can you please elaborate why?


Only partially true. We have been told there are three types of questions on the v3 CCBA exam with rough estimates of their percentages: 1) Scenarios (40-50%), and 2) Knowledge-based recall questions (50-60%). BTW, our exam simulator contains both types to approximate these. The knowledge-based questions in our CCBA Online Study Exam will build your knowledge and confidence to answer the more difficult scenario and case study questions.




Are the simulation exams included within the Study Guide?


Not within our CCBA Certification Study Guide, but you have online access to them. Because of the added length of BABOK 3, our Study Guide expanded to match it. To keep the size manageable, we removed our simulated exam from the v3 Guide. We felt you would be better served by having access to free mock exam simulation with the training.




Are the BABOK Flipcards definition only or are they also directly related to test questions?


Definitions only. The BABOK Flipcards will help you master BABOK terminology, which in turn helps you differentiate between correct and incorrect answers. We recommend using the flipcards to solidify your knowledge and build your confidence.









CCBA Exam

Will my CCBA score be shown immediately after exam?


Yes, you will know immediately if you passed or not. Plus, you will get feedback on which Knowledge Areas you were above average, average, and below average compared to other examinees. This feedback is helpful in case you need to re-take your exam.




Do we have questions on tools & guidelines, perspective, core concept, elements, management theories (theory X)? How important is “Perspectives,” which is added newly in v3? What about the Agile extension?


You will have questions on all of these except none on Perspectives and none on the Agile Extension. The management theory you mention is an example of underlying competencies and you will be tested on a few of these.




Some techniques may require some calculations, does the exam include that type of questions? How many formulas will I need to know, and which?


We have reports from successful CCBA candidates that they have had to perform calculations on their exams. Our recommendation is to memorize some of the basic financial formulas like ROI, but not the complicated ones like Net Present Value. We also suggest memorizing the formula for PERT estimates, since it is straight-forward and widely known. Our Online Study Exam has some calculations like the ones I just described.




What are the important Techniques I should focus on?


The techniques are challenging, since you will receive many questions on them. There are 50 techniques and we can’t imagine you will be tested on all of them. I always recommend focusing on the ones most widely referred to in the BABOK. Appendix B in that Guide has a handy cross-reference table called “Techniques to Task Mapping” to help.




What is the breakdown weight of each knowledge area on the exam?


We list the exam blueprints for all IIBA exams (CBAP, CCBA, and ECBA) on our course page https://www.vellicate-tech.com/training-courses





CCBA Application

Do I need to complete training before I fill out the Education Hours of the application? Are there any restrictions on the professional development training requirement?


Yes, your 21 BA education (professional development or PD) hours need to be complete before you can finish your application. Bear in mind the training must be BA-related, and “close calls” such as Six Sigma or CSPO Certification won’t count. You also cannot include PDU/CDU activities such as webinars, conferences, articles, etc. You will need CDUs for re-certification, but not for initial qualification for the CBAP (or CCBA or ECBA for that matter). Vellicate is an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP) of IIBA and our course prep-approved for 24 PD Hours, enough to apply and sit for CCBA.




When filling out the application and listing projects, are we supposed to post projects from most recent to the oldest worked on? When completing the application, does the “Your Role” field always have to be Business Analyst or can it be Business SME or Tester?


Yes, IIBA requests that you list projects in reverse order, newest to oldest. I would recommend you list your role as “BA” and only include hours spent doing BA tasks. If your role was as an SME or tester, you should not include those projects. If you had multiple roles, only list the hours spent doing BA work.




I’ve heard IIBA’s application process for CCBA is pretty strict. Do applications happen to get denied or asked for more info? Is there a sample tracking sheet available where the six knowledge areas are provided – something that would facilitate tracking the 37500 hours prior to registering for the test?


IIBA has made the application process simpler and we think easier with version 3. That said they are strict with the requirements of 3750 BA hours, 21 hours of PD, two references, etc.
We have a tracking worksheet available that you can download and use to list your hours. It has many handy calculations, including a way to see if you meet the 900-hour in 2/6 KA or 500-hours in 4/6 KA requirement and the overall 3750-hour requirement.




Regarding the application process, I paid for my application and instantly got an email stating my application is APPROVED. (No wait or lead time.) As for the next step, I believe I need to pay the exam fee. Does that have any sort of processing time or do I expect an instant “Go ahead and schedule” email once I pay the exam fee?


You should be able to schedule your exam instantly once your application is approved. If anyone knows differently, please leave a comment!