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Cleared TOGAF 1 & 2 with 74% in First Attempt - India

 
Manoj Kolhe
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Hello Geeks,

Hope you are doing well!

This is to share my experience clearing TOGAF 1 & 2 in first attempt and with 74% overall.

I started preparation with the TOGAF study guide - hard copy (part 1) for Foundation and (Part 2) for certification.

Although, I mainly concentrated on Part 1 (Foundation) concepts, I started reading Part 2 just 2 days before exam and found similar contents but obviously in more descriptive manner.

For Part 1, I completed all exercises at the end of each chapter then 2 bonus tests post completion of reading all chapters. I also took online free TOGAF tests available at OpenRanch.

This gave me confidence to do well in Part 1.

Part 2 in unlike Part 1 where you can remember definitions but it is about applicability of TOGAF concepts.

For Part 2, I was very nervous in the beginning as they provide 8 different scenarios and we need to choose best fit answer amongst 3 correct and 1 incorrect answer. Obviously my strategy was to locate Incorrect answer first and this was done using reading all 4 options in one go (most of the times without even reading the scenario) and searching for non-TOGAFish words in the context. This method is not full-proof but I was lucky most of the times.

Again, for Part 2, you need to be 'very' clear with the concepts and prepare till the level that you may not need to go through reference book especially during the exam. Be clear with differences between Preliminary Phase and Phase A (yes, Phase A is the first phase in ADM not Preliminary Phase) and Phase E & F like (E is the phase where implementation initialisation takes place and F is the phase where it actually occurs) so remember some key facts between phases and also clear with terminologies like conformant, compliant, fully compliant - actual scenarios during exam can mislead you very quickly.

Experience with exam was smooth and without any hassles. I took exam at Pune centre and they provided my with whiteboard and marker.

I took my passport as identification document. I completed Part 1 with 20 minutes left so reviewed my answers 2 times and changed some of them. Part 2 started with a notice that I can take an optional break which I preferred not to so continued with Part 2. Part 2 is different experience and I needed to scratch my head multiple times (not literally though). I completed Part 2 within specified time without much need of reference book and 10 minutes before. During review, I again opted to choose modifying answers (my bad, score went low due to this - still I recommend you to do it - you might be lucky).

As soon as I clicked on Finish, my scores for Part 1 & 2 appeared on screen and whoila, I cleared both with 74% with 85% in Part 1 & 63% in part 2. (As I said, modifying answers hit me with low scores). I jumped in my seat with joy and next moment exam coordinator gave me a smile and said that you can collect hard copy of your scores for your reference from the reception. I instantly took my belongings and went to the reception to take the copy of my scores.

Within 2 days, I received email from TOGAF about updating my online profile where they asked I would like to get listed on their portal in Certified professionals - 100 times yes..I filled profile and moment I clicked on save, my soft copy of TOGAF certification was ready to be downloaded. Proudly I saved it in my study folder - Mission accomplished! What a bliss!

Shared that copy in my organisation to seniors and received many compliments.

Tip: Expect different set of questions in Part A than what you normally see in online exams so I repeat - be 'clear' with concepts.

For any further assistance, I am happy to help with my best possible - kindly reply with your email / contact. I can provide support over whatsapp / skype.

Thanks!
Manoj
 
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Congratulations Manoj! Welcome to the club 
 
Mayank Kohli
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Hi, Congratulations Manoj.  I am also  preparing for the Togaf but it seems the preparation is not going that well.

my email is mayankohli@live.com. I have some specific questions regarding the study material hope you can help.

Mayank
 
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