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In the next edition of this book, I suggest that Exercise questions at the end of each chapter be updated to exam-like scenario questions relevant to the chapter. Additionally, it would be nice to have a chapter dedicated to exam strategies with an emphasis on how to think like a TOGAF practitioner.
If you're studying for TOGAF Part 2, then you need to understand how to attack the scenario question.(Disclaimer: I took a TOGAF Part 2 course on UDemy prior to buying this book which taught me the strategy to efficiently answer the scenario questions).
Step 1: Eliminate the noise - any non-relevant info about the company, location, staff, vision, etc.. needs to be crossed out / ignored. This will allow you to focus on relevant details.
Step 2: Understand the relevant details in the context of the TOGAF spec, and not necessarily in real-world experience you may personally have. In particular, try to first identify what ADM phase the scenario may be eluding to.
Step 3: Familiarize yourself with the location of information in the TOGAF Spec - this is a HUGE time saver. For example, if a question is referring to updating the Architecture Principles for company XYZ to address some stakeholder concern, then you need to immediately know where to look in the TOGAF spec to research Architecture Principles [TOGAF 9.1 > Part III: ADM Guidelines & Techniques > Architecture Principles].
Yes, there's 7 sections/parts and 52 chapters, but it only takes a little practice to know exactly where to look since the section/parts are logically organized.
Step 4: Eliminate the Distracter first. I must have practiced this strategy more than any other as it's super important that you narrow the answers down to at least 50/50, where one answer has a 5-point value, and the other answer has a 3-point value.
Remember, to pass the exam you only need 24/40 points. There are ONLY 8 questions. So if you can narrow each answer set down to 50/50 (5-point / 3-point), then you'll pass - it's that simple. However, as I mentioned it's really important to eliminate the 0-point (Distracter) answer, and also the 1-point answer.
Step 5: Practice being patient and detailed-oriented, then build up speed. At first, the scenario questions seem information dense and complex, and the answers all seem very similar. This is because it takes a bit of practice to efficiently dissect the scenario and parse out relevant details. The same is true for the answers. At first all the answers may seem 'feasible' to the untrained practitioner. Fortunately, there's a Distracter answer with each answer set, which really helps narrow down the options. So, be patient when you first start practicing, it make take you 30 mins to answer one scenario question; and by answer, I mean to make a chart like what's shown in Appendix C (Topic, Scenario, Subjects, Rationale, Most Correct - Distracter). You likely won't need to make this chart for the actual exam, but starting off, it's important to rank and justify your answers. This helps you to think like a TOGAF practitioner.
Best of luck!
I passed Both Part 1 and 2 Certification exams with 80%. I bought the Foundation Study guide, which is a great book to prepare for Part 1 especially because of the questionnaire at the end of each chapter and 2 bonus question set at the end of the book. However, this book is a whole different story. It's a good book, don't get me wrong but there are a few nuances you need to bear in mind. Firstly, this book is basically the "TOGAF Spec" but structured in a more, readable, and study guidish manner. A few sections are deliberately missing or appear in an extremely condensed format in the book because those have been covered in the Foundation book in detail, which is fine as well. However, there are differences in how this book is structured vs. how the TOGAF spec itself is structured. For example the TOGAF Spec strictly follows the TOGAF document structure i.e. Part I to Part VII, there are separate sections for the ADM and Separate section for Guidelines and Techniques and so on. This study guide kind of mixes it up a little bit which is for the benefit of understanding, for example the ADM phases itself are explained in greater detail (just like the TOGAF Spec) but the sections also contain the corresponding guidelines and Techniques, Artifacts, Deliverables etc. TOGAF Spec isn't structure that way since each of these are divided in parts (Part I to VII) which makes it harder to follow in normal circumstances and you would find yourself jumping around section to section of the spec PDF document. The reason why I stress on this is that Part 2 is an open book exam and the reference material will be the TOGAF Spec itself (not this book) so it is MANDATORY for you to Study the TOGAF Spec document in parallel to this book. You need to be extremely familiar with the TOGAF Spec "Table of Contents" since you can't rely on search keywords solely while taking the exam. All in all, I felt that having the foundation study guide along with the TOGAF Spec PDF should be enough for you to prepare for the exam. But then you would probably miss out on the sample exam questions which can be bought separately from The Open Group website for $0.99. If you want the ease of quick reading then absolutely go for this book. I took a Udemy course and then studied this book in parallel to the TOGAF Spec itself.
I also feel that there is a lack of enough scenario based questions in this book. Each chapter should ideally have their own set of scenario based questions but there isn't. There's just about 12 sample questions to practice in the end, which unfortunately is not enough to practice. There's also a lack of free question samples on the internet unless you purchase a commercial test sample from a third party site. That being said, there are a few websites like TheOpenArch and a few blogs where you'll find references to free sample questions, but again not a whole lot (unlike the Foundation exam).
Now for the exam - The reference material, which is the TOGAF Spec itself, in the exam will be the same TOGAF Spec PDF however it will be structured as Part-I to Part-VII in a tabbed window, with each tab representing and labeled (as PART I, PART II and so on) for each Part. This is a totally different view of the document vs. when you view it in Adobe Reader in your PC, so you need to learn the document structure by heart to be able to quickly navigate between the Tabs (representing each part) and then go right to the section from the Bookmarks on the left. Think of it as an upside down excel spreadsheet with the workbook tabs at the top, and each one labeled appropriately as PART I, PART II and so on. Also, in the PDF document you can drill down to a specific subsection from the bookmark upto the third subsection, however, in the exam software (at Pearson Vue) it only lets you drill down to the second level of bookmark so you may have to do a bit of scrolling or use the search keyword feature every now and then. This view of the document made total sense to me but threw me offguard for the first 10 minutes in the exam as I nervously tried to explore it, it was fine after that :)
I took the part 2 exam a week after sucessfully completing part 1 certification. A good level of Part 1 TOGAF Foundation knowledge is absolutely imperative for succeeding in the Part 2 exam, and you will need the TOGAF Spec PDF and this document together to prepare for the exam. Study and familiarizing yourself with the Spec document structure should be the highest priority, and then solve as much sample questions as you can scavenge from the internet plus this book. Some people may disagree, but I do feel that it is absolutely not necessary to memorize anything for Part 2, because chances are, if you passed the Part 1 you already know quite a bit of things which will be extremely helpful in part two. Nevertheless, you can give this book a good read and understand the TOGAF sepc doc structure throuroughly and you should be able to pass the exam comfortably. Strategize your exam, try to eliminate the distractor answer (0 points) and the third best answer (1 point) leaving yourslef with the best answer (5 points) and 2nd best answer (3 points). Lastly, schedule the exam and set a gaol and work for the goal otherwise it may feel that it's taking way too long to prepare and you "may" get easily discouraged.
Best of luck!