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Thanks Jayesh and Jeanne for the insights. I went through Jeanne's signature URL as well on Part II experiences.

Yes. The key is about familiarity with the reference material.

Please let me know if this is the exact document that is provided - https://www2.opengroup.org/ogsys/jsp/publications/PublicationDetails.jsp?catalogno=I112. This is also referred to as Togaf 9.1 "The Book" on the OpenGroup website.

Regards.
4 years ago
Jayesh:

From an open book standpoint, which document will be provided to us by the testing center. I would like to understand the structure of the same so that any lookup needed can be optimized. TOGAF study guide material says "At Prometric test centers the reference book is built into the examination". Is this document available on the TOGAF site?

Also, please let me know any pattern that you adopted in dealing with big scenarios, like to skip them and come back towards the end, etc. Was 90min time limit sufficient?

I'm reading the entire Part II study guide from Togaf and would like to dive into the questions after that.

Thanks.
4 years ago
Do we have any videos on the web that explain the iterative approach of TOGAF ADM process? I tried searching unsuccessfully.
4 years ago
Yes. TOGAF® 9 Foundation 3rd Edition and TOGAF® 9 Certified 3rd Edition Prepared by Rachel Harrison of Oxford Brookes University.

I recommend that you purchase that study guide from the official OpenGroup website to ensure that you get the latest material.
4 years ago
Yup. I too got an email talking about online register details. No physical certificate.

On Part II scenarios, I've figured the following sources for collating 76 scenarios (need to check that there is no duplication !!).

1. Togaf Study guide material from OpenGroup website - 12 scenarios
2. OpenArch 2 exams - 16 scenarios
3. free-online-exams practice questions - 48 scenarios

I'll keep posting more sources when I find them.

Regards.
4 years ago
I agree with Jayesh's observations above. It is context sensitive based on your background, etc. In my case, I have close to 17 years of industry exposure and decent knowledge on TOGAF related things based on my past brushes.

Regards.
4 years ago
Congratulations and thanks for sharing your experiences.

I'm preparing for my second part as well.

For Part II other than the 2 tests provided in the study guide, there are two exams here - http://theopenarch.com/81-tests/72-togaf-9-exam-tests.html. On the lookout for more scenarios for practice.
4 years ago
I spent around 10 hours understanding the study guide contents and around 20-25 hours practicing the exams and then re-visiting the concepts in the guide.
4 years ago
Thanks Jayesh. I seem to have got 31/40 correct.

Appreciate the tips for Part II. I think understanding and practicing more scenarios is the key to success. I will get back to you with more specific questions when I start doing it.

Also, please let me know what certificate we would be getting from OpenGroup on this certification. I just got a score sheet from the exam center guys via email which doesn't have the section-wise score breakdown.

Regards.
4 years ago
Thanks Jeanne. Yes, I didn't go for in-person training. Most of the concepts are very well articulated in the OpenGroup study guide. I spent around 10 hours understanding the study guide contents and around 20-25 hours practicing the exams and then re-visiting the concepts in the guide.

My suggestion is never attempt to understand or digest everything in a single go. Keep iterating like a bar code scanner repeatedly. One more important point that I observed is that there are negative questions like "What is NOT applicable in this situation", etc. While we understand the NOT part via elimination or whatever mechanism, its important to note down what is not the NOT part , i.e., what is true for that scenario, for better understanding.

I guess Part II will be even more interesting and enjoyable for two reasons - we don't need to memorize much (open book exam) and we need to apply whatever we learn. For Part I, memorizing what should be done in each phase is very important.

As many other folks mentioned before, some of the right answers(per TOGAF) are counter-intuitive . Also, time shouldn't be a factor as all the questions are simple one-line statements.

Thanks.
4 years ago
Dear Ranchers:

I cleared my TOGAF Part I today with 77%. The pass mark was 55%.

My sincere thanks to everyone on this forum who helped me get there. I'll be getting ready for Part II in 1-2 month's timeframe. The following are my Part I experiences.

Preparation material - Purchased TOGAF 9.1 study guide from official website

Practice Exams - http://theopenarch.com/81-tests/72-togaf-9-exam-tests.html, 2 exams given as part of study guide purchase, Questions at the end of each of the 13 chapters in the study guide

How to assess whether we are ready or not - I got around 50% scores on my first attempt. I've adopted iterative approach and repeated my attempts after going through the study material again. I finally ended up getting around 90% right. I preferred this approach as the depth of comprehension increases on multiple passes IMHO.

I prepared some 12 page handy notes that i made out of the study guide and tricky questions in the practice exams.

About 15-20 questions in the real exam are very similar to the practice exams mentioned above. The trick lies in getting the other 20-25 questions right.

All the best for future TOGAF aspirtants. I feel that this knowledge will be very useful in the longer run.

Thanks.
4 years ago
Jeanne:

The info looks very good. I'll go through it at home as my work blocks most of the links. Also, I registered for Part 1 as I want to spend enough quality/elaborate time to take up Part 2 as I want to understand the crux behind the sample scenarios, etc. For the info of everyone, if you buy Study material from OpenGroup website, they have given a promotion code that will take off 35% from Part 1 exam, if taken in India. I'm enjoying this learning experience with the only caveat that we have to remember lot of things, atleast to begin with.

Thanks.
4 years ago
Thanks Jeanne. I recently got to know from my employer that they will not sponsor this activity. Hence, I purchased the study material from OpenGroup website for both parts of the exam. Seems pretty comprehensive. Will have to pay for the exam anyway from my funds and I feel its worth it.

Please let me know if you are aware of any repository of case studies that I can practice for Part 2.

Regards.
4 years ago

Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:Rahul,
TOGAF is an enterprise architecture framework. This means that you use it to come up with how your organization does enterprise architecture. Which is higher level than project architecture. There are still some parts of your organization's TOGAF implementation that you will see on development projects though. Architecture principles jump out at me as one such thing.



Well said. For example, in one of our projects we were performing batch data integration. Our project folks were asked to align with the EA team's principles on the patterns/best practices to be adopted for the solution. This way, it will help adopt proven discipline across the board.
4 years ago

Jayesh A Lalwani wrote:Thanks everyone. I would get the beers, but before getting the beers, we have to first scope out who is drinking the beers, then we need to decide how much we are drinking, then we need to assess our capability to consume the beers, then we need to figure out how will we know when we are too drunk......



Congrats mate. You already seem to apply some of your TOGAF skills (capability assessment), unintentionally
4 years ago