Exam tips for the TOGAF 9 Foundation Exam

TOGAF CertificateHaving recently passed the TOGAF 9 Exams I thought I would share with you some general tips which you may find helpful if you decide to take the exam yourself:

  • Arrive at least 20 minutes early for the exam to allow time for traffic or difficulties in parking: you can then use this time to go over any last-minute revision for areas.
  • The Foundation Exam is closed book so you will not be allowed to take anything with you into the testing area, but you will be given a blank sheet of paper and a pen. You should use the time before the exam starts to note anything down for areas you have a hard time remembering. It is a good idea to write down all of the phases of the ADM and the corresponding descriptions of these phases.
  • The Foundation Exam is only 60 minutes long, so use your time wisely and work through the questions methodically. If there is a question you cannot answer, leave it and come back later. The Foundation Exam has 40 questions so plan accordingly to make sure you don’t run out of time and check your watch in the exam after every 10 questions to keep on track (10 questions = 15 minutes).
  • In the words of Douglas Adams Don’t Panic!. Just work through the exam methodically and diligently. There is enough time if you are prepared and the majority of questions straight forward and not designed to trick you.
  • Don’t make assumptions or jump to conclusions. Make sure you read the questions thoroughly and all of the possible answers. Re-read the question to make sure you know what is being asked before answering.
  • For questions that you are not confident, mark them and come back to them later if you have time. Working through other questions will sometimes jog your memory and you will find an earlier question easier to answer later.
  • Use a process of elimination to remove obviously incorrect answers. This approach allows you to concentrate on the probable answers.
  • Don’t leave any questions unanswered at the end of the test. There are no points deducted for a wrong answer, so answer all questions. Make an educated guess and you may just pick the correct answer.

Best of luck.