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CBAP / CCBA Certified Business Analysis Study Guide 1st Edition

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The International Institute of Busines Analysis (IIBA) offers two certifications in business analysis-the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP(R)) and the new Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA(TM)). This complete study guide helps candidates prepare for both exams. Following standards and best practices as defined in "A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge(R) (BABOK(R) Guide) Version 2.0," this practical study guide offers full coverage of all knowledge areas for both exams, an analysis of the strategies of successful BAs. exam tip to help you succeed. and more. Inside, you'll find:

Full coverage of all knowledge areas for both exams in a systematic approach, so you can be confident you're getting the instruction you need for the esams

A detailed matrix mapping business analysis techniques, deliverables, and stakeholders to the knowledge area tasks

Real-world scenarios that put what you've learned in the context of actual job roles

Challenging review questions in each chapter to prepare you for exam day

Exam Essentials, a key feature in each chapter that identifies critical areas you must become proficient in before taking the exam

A handy tear card that maps every official exam objective to the corresponding chapter in the book, so you can track your exam prep objective by objective

From the Back Cover

Covers All Exam Objectives

Includes Real-World Scenarios and Leading-Edge Exam Prep Software Featuring:

  • Custom Test Engine
  • Four Practice Exams
  • Hundreds of Sample Questions
  • Over 100 Electronic Flashcards

Prepare for Both of IIBA's Business Analysis Exams

The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) offers two certifications in business analysis—the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) and the new Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA). This complete study guide helps candidates prepare for both exams. Following standards and best practices as defined in A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) Version 2.0, this practical study guide offers full coverage of all knowledge areas for both exams, an analysis of the strategies of successful BAs, exam tips to help you succeed, and more. Inside, you'll find:

Full coverage of all knowledge areas for both exams in a systematic approach, so you can be confident you're getting the instruction you need for the exams

A detailed matrix mapping business analysis techniques, deliverables, and stakeholders to the knowledge area tasks

Real-world scenarios that put what you've learned in the context of actual job roles

Challenging review questions in each chapter to prepare you for exam day

Exam Essentials, a key feature in each chapter that identifies critical areas you must become proficient in before taking the exam

A handy tear card that maps every official exam objective to the corresponding chapter in the book, so you can track your exam prep objective by objective

Look inside for complete coverage of all exam objectives.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 1 edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470932902
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470932902
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book with e-reading edition. Unfortunately, the e-reading does not included CD package. I cannot read 'A total of four bonus practice exams available only on the CD' as the Author described. I feel this e-book is incompleted.
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This is a great study aide to complement the BABOK. My only two criticisms are that #1, the author does not give attention to the stakeholders that are associated with each task in the knowledge areas. Yet this is something that needs to be understood thoroughly for the test.

My 2nd criticism is that the author will indicate that certain techniques are preferred when this information is not in the BABOK. I am not certain how she determines which techniques are preferred as she does note cite her source when making that assessment about a technique.

On the positive side, I love the exam spotlights - where she draws the reader's attention to a detail that will be needed for the test. I also love the practice review after each chapter, the pre-study assessment and the CD with additional study aides. I am using it to study with another person who has a different study guide that costs $80. My study partner and I compare notes from both of our study guides as we review each chapter. While we are finding that both study guides have similar information, it appears that this guide offers more with the exam spotlights, 20-question chapter reviews (her guide has 10-question reviews after each chapter) and two practice CBAP exams (her book offers one) in addition to flashcards and a pre-assessment test.

I did find one error in one of her diagrams but was able to discern the correct information by referring back to the BABOK. That is why I recommend it as a supplement to the BABOK and not as a replacement for reading the BABOK.

Overall, I find this to be an excellent companion to the BABOK for independent or group study. And I did pass the CBAP exam on my first try!
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The content is great so far but please know that the book does not come with the PDF version, even though in the intro (page xxx, 3rd paragraph down) it states a PDF version is on the CD (and the rest of the Cybex books have both versions typically).

If I knew this prior I would have gone to the publishers site and purchased the PDF instead (as the description to this book on Amazon isn't technically incorrect).
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I purchased this study guide as a supplement to the BABOK. I wanted to try a "budget" route to passing the CBAP exam. My goal was to pass the exam using only the BABOK and this study guide and it worked! I started studying the BABOK about 6 months before I purchased this book. I did a complete read-through of the BABOK and then went chapter-by-chapter through the study guide. The pre-test at the beginning of the book gave me a good reality check on the knowledge areas I was really weak on. The tests at the end of each chapter were a great indication of how well I knew the information contained in the chapter and which knowledge areas I really needed to study more. Once I had made it through the study guide one time, I felt confident enough to schedule my exam. Then I went back through the BABOK, back through the study guide, and ended with all of the practice exams on the CD that came with the guide. When I took the actual CBAP exam, I found that the exam questions were not at all as clear as the practice test questions had been. This was troublesome, but I still feel like I had a good knowledge base from the study guide and was able to pass the exam. I definitely recommend this approach to anyone who doesn't want to pay for an expensive review course.
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If you want a very in-depth look at the Business Analyst career, this is the book. It is very much like a text book that takes you into each knowledge area that coincides with the BABOK. I am using this along side the CBAP/CCBA Exam Prep Workbook by BAMentor w w w. bamentor.com , and "A Guide to the BABOK" (also available through Amazon). The BAMentor workbook is just that - a workbook that has lessons that coincide with each chapter of the BABOK and with this book by Weese and Wagner.

If you diligently study through these three books you should be fully prepped for the IIBA exams.

What is really GREAT about this book is that it comes with a CD that has a Sybex test engine. Each test follows the chapters of the book as well as the BABOK structure. There are additonally two each test simulations for CBAP and CCBA. What is especially nice is that these tests are taken on your computer just like the IIBA exams. And, the cd has a comprehensive glossary of BA terms.
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It's a shame that the companion CD does not work on MAC. This is not specified on the cover of the book.
I bought it to prepare for the CBAP exam and now I can neither use the test software nor the electronic flashcards.

How do you make such a software that is not at least compatible with both Windows and MAC nowadays???
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This is the best resource I found to help study for my exam. Most books give you quizzes and test questions that are overly complex, but the reality of the CBAP exam is that the questions are mostly in natural language, so those other study guides just confuse the issue. I highly recommend this to anyone studying for the exam. Best of luck, fellow BAs!
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