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Cleared Togaf part 1 and part 2 - My Experience

 
Mimmo Ludovico
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Hi All,

I have passed last week the part 1 with 62% and today the part 2 with 85%.
Since that I have found very useful this forum to take the Ocmjea first and then the Togaf cetrtification I am going to share my experience and my impression hoping to be useful to someone.

At the start when I decided to try to take the Togaf I understood that If I would have go forward studying the book of 700 pages then I would never have achieved my goal. This is mainly for two reason:
1)I would not have enough time to dedicate to it....I have family and I need to ensure the presence to the work since that I am a freelance
2)I have a very bad memory, so in every case it could not be possible for me to study 700 pages of mnemonic stuff.
For this I have decided to understand the overall meaning of what is Togaf and the overall way to work. To do this I have spent some hours watching the following videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M4NKwoaLk4&list=PL2FF5FCBA1AF9B8FA

After this, following the lessons learned from the previous certifications I went directly to see what are the questions that I would have found into the exam. I have started to do the test getting, of course, the worse result and after improving day by day going to see what are the right answers.
I can ensure you that in this way you got the double benefit:
1)You learn the concept in non mnemonic way. Indeed if you do a good job, you will go analyze your incorrect answer and you have to think;
2)You will not have surprise of what you will find in the test. From the past experiences I understood that often you risk to spend a lot of time to study the "incorrect" stuff.
To do this kind of practice for me it has been enough the following  tests for the part 1:

http://theopenarch.com/test/index.php


Then I have passed the part 1 with the 62% practicing for about less than one month.
To specify, my thought was to take some rest during the summer holiday and then to start again the study for the part 2.
But during one of my  business travel I read some past experiences of other person like the following:
https://www.selikoff.net/2013/05/17/jeanne-togaf-certification-part-2/
and then I realized that for the second part you don't need of any kind of preparation. For me it has been funny because finally I found an exam that make sense, that is a test where you really can express your quality of good Architect/Engineer.
Indeed here you have scenario questions and then you have to be able to find the best answer/approach to fit the situation present in the scenario. In this test you can refer the 700 pages reference guide and this is magnific.
Then when I realized this I decided to try to take the part 2 before to go in vacation to take advantage of the freshness of  my brain that I had on the Togaf concepts. I have spent 3-4 days on the scenario tests present in the following link:

http://theopenarch.com/test/index.php

and in the ebook that you can buy for 0.99$ on

https://sso.opengroup.org/IDBUS/PROD/JBA/JOSSO/SSO/REDIR?josso_cmd=login_optional&josso_back_to=https://www2.opengroup.org/ogsys/josso_security_check&josso_partnerapp_id=ogsys.

Finally today I went to the prometric center and I got 85%.

My advise are:
1)If you are not stressed with other stuff (work, family, short deadline) then evaluate to take part 1 and 2 in the same day. Again, the part 2 does not require any addition preparation. Simply you need to give a look, during your preparation, how are the scenario questions
2)Don't spend a lot of time studying on the reference 700 pages book. Let's Try to practice as much as possible. For me this is the best way to stimulate you to think on the stuff that you answered in incorrect way.



I hope that this could be useful for someone that, as me, look for some experiences to take the inspiration to belive that it is possible to take it.

Regards,
Mimmo
 
 
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Thanks for posting your experiences. Have a cow.
 
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