How to pass the TOGAF Certification Test

Here is everything you need to know about passing the TOGAF 9 certification tests. TOGAF 9 certification is a benchmark for credibility and professionalism in the workplace.

There are two TOGAF certification tests - Foundation (Level 1) and Certified. Each test is multiple choice. They will be administered by Pearson Vue or your TOGAF training provider.

Are you preparing to take the TOGAF 9 exam?

Online Multiple Choice ExamEarning your TOGAF 9 certification is one of the steps to develop your career as an enterprise architect. TOGAF 9 certification demonstrates your familiarity with the industry-standard enterprise architecture framework.

TOGAF certification is earned by passing the TOGAF Foundation (Level 1) and TOGAF Certified (Level 2) exams.

Passing your TOGAF 9 exams may seem intimidating, especially if you are just learning about TOGAF 9 certification. In this post, we'll discuss everything you need to know about passing the TOGAF 9 certification tests and earning your TOGAF 9 certification.

What Is TOGAF 9 Certification

TOGAF 9 is both an industry standard framework and methodology for the field of enterprise architecture, including business architecture, IT architecture, and security architecture

TOGAF Certification demonstrates that you know the TOGAF Standard and are able to apply the TOGAF standard to developing and using your enterprise architecture.

TOGAF 9 certification requires passing a two-part exam. Anyone can take this TOGAF certification exams. No pre-requisites are required. You have to pass both exams in order to obtain your TOGAF 9 certification.

TOGAF Certification Benefits

TOGAF Certification is used by the world’s leading enterprises to confirm you know a common body of core knowledge about enterprise architecture. TOGAF certification is demonstrates to employers and peers your commitment to enterprise architecture as a profession

Completing your TOGAF® 9 certification helps ensure that you and your business are complying with IT architecture industry standards.

IT architecture is advancing rapidly as digital transformation happens and new technology develops. Earning your certification in TOGAF 9 can demonstrate that you are using the highest level approach.

What to expect in the exams?

The TOGAF® 9 exams consist of two parts.  You will take both of these exams electronically, much like other graduate and professional certification exams.

The Level 1 (TOGAF Foundation) part asks 40 questions to be completed within 60 minutes. These questions are multiple choice; you have to answer 55% correctly to pass.

The TOGAF Foundation exam tests your knowledge of the terminology and basic concepts of TOGAF 9. Enterprise architects who pass this exam demonstrate that they understand the core concepts of the TOGAF standard and its application to enterprise architecture .

Level 2 (TOGAF Certified) asks eight scenario questions, to be completed within 90 minutes.

According to The Open Group, Level 2 goes beyond testing basic knowledge and comprehension of TOGAF 9. It's designed to test candidates' ability to analyze and apply knowledge of the TOGAF standard.

Both TOGAF 9 exams test your ability to apply your knowledge of the TOGAF 9 documentation. Level 2 specifically asks about the best way to use TOGAF in specific scenarios.

TOGAF 9 Foundation Exam

  • 40 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark 55%
  • 60 minute time limit
  • Closed Book

Preparing for a TOGAF Foundation Question

TOGAF Foundation questions are knowledge based. The exam covers almost all of the TOGAF Standard. Most students find the Foundation exam more difficult because of the specific knowledge and the scope.

Once you have an understanding of the TOGAF Standard look at the exam exactly the same way you would an introductory college exam.

  • Only the course material is relevant
  • Keep the exam structure in mind. There will always be
    • a best answer
    • a dead wrong answer
    • a distracting answer
  • Assess the answers to remove distractors and wrong answers. Then select the best.
  • Tag any question you are unsure of in the Pearson Vue software and come back to the question.

Sample Question
Complete this sentence - the ADM and Phase A are initiated by ______

A. the Architect seeing something that needs improvement
B. a request from the EA Team Sponsor
C. a Request for Architecture Work
D. a Project Charter

The correct answer is C - a request for architecture work. The request identifies the level of detail, scope and challenge the architecture will address. Every other answer is outside the TOGAF standard, even though they may be triggers for the creation of a Request for Architecture Work.

In this example, you can eliminate A & B because they are not universal. Then you can eliminate D because Project Charters are an implementation tool, good architecture is done to determine the change not execute the change decision.

Writing the TOGAF Certification Exam
The Level 1 Foundation exam requires good test taking habits. The scope of the TOGAF Standard provides a broad scope for questions.

As with all exams

  • be well rested
  • ensure you are focused on the exam
  • read the question
  • find the best TOGAF framework answer to the question asked

TOGAF 9 Certified Exam

  • 8 multiple choice questions
  • Pass mark 60%
  • 90 minute time limit
  • Open Book

Preparing for a TOGAF Certified Question

TOGAF Certified questions are application based. The exam is almost exclusively focused on the development and use of enterprise architecture. Most students find the Certified exam easier.

Approach the exam the same way you would any exam. Take advantage of the fact that you can pass TOGAF Certified with either the best or second best answer.

Every TOGAF Certified question has a scenario. It explains some background to what the architect is doing. Then there will be question. The question will always focus on something in the scenario.

  • Only the question is relevant.
  • Keep the exam structure in mind. There will always be
    • a best answer
    • a second best answer
    • a poor answer
    • a dead wrong answer
  • Assess the answers to remove poor and wrong answers.
  • Tag any question you are unsure of in the Pearson Vue software and come back to the question.

Sample Question

Referring  to the Scenario, you need to identify the most appropriate artifacts for this iteration of the Architecture Development cycle. Based on the TOGAF Standard, Version 9.2, which of the following is the best answer?

For a question like this you will have 4 separate lists of artifacts (catalogs, matrices, diagrams, and other TOGAF documents) that you might prepare.

To answer the question

    1. Identify exactly where you are in the Architecture Development Cycle. You will always be able to identify yourself in
      • Designing the Architecture Team (Preliminary Phase)
      • Performing Architecture Development (Phase A, B, C, or D)
      • Performing Planning (Phase E or F)
      • Governing execution (Phase G)
      • Harvesting benefit (Phase H)
    2. Look in the Scenario for guides to the problem
    3. Where you have a list look for how complete the list is and the TOGAF specificity of the list

Discard any answer that is not aligned to the needs of where you are in the ADM. Look for clues such as concern or stakeholder to focus on the architecture problem the architect in the scenario is solving. Discard any answer that is not addressing the scenario stakeholders.

It is an Open Book exam. Don't hesitate to look inside the TOGAF 9.2 standard and compare the answers with the standard. Especially if you cannot remember the exact name of an artifact or activity.

How to Prepare for the Exam

The best way to prepare for obtaining your TOGAF 9 certification is taking the TOGAF 9 training and get the tools you need to succeed on the exam on your first try. All Open Group accredited courses will include the cost of the exams themselves.

We recommend on-demand video-based training courses. We use these for our consultants. They provide the ability to learn at your pace, reviewing as often as you want. Skipping the parts you know well.

You should supplement your exam preparations by studying. Good training courses should include the TOGAF 9 Study Guide. The Study Guide includes the official practice exams. We strongly recommend using the TOGAF 9 practice exams as a diagnostic.

Combining on-demand video-based TOGAF 9 training and the practice exam diagnostic allows you to review everything you are having trouble with.

Where Do I Get TOGAF 9 certification training?

You can choose to self-study for the TOGAF 9 certification test or take a training course. Training itself does not give you your certification. You must pass the two exams to achieve certification.

Be sure to identify your needs for obtaining your certification before you select a course of study. It's also important to make sure you can afford the fee.

Selecting Your Training Provider

Obtaining your TOGAF 9 certification training can be fairly straightforward, provided you know what to expect. TOGAF 9 certification can also be invaluable to your career as an Enterprise Architect.

The best way to prepare is to  enroll in an on-demand video training course. These courses can ensure that you are prepared for both levels of the exam so that you can earn your certification on the first try.

At the Conexiam we are committed to your professional development. We maintain an online EA Community and advanced hands-on practice enterprise architecture training. Have a question? We have answers! Send us a message today.

What if I Fail the Exam?

If you fail your TOGAF 9 exam, you have to wait at least one month before taking it again. Yet, there is no cap to the number of times you take these tests.

Many architects have worked for years in their career. They are typically very busy and are not interested in being examined. Many of our students have been out of college for years and are worried about failing. The best way to get the certification benefits is on-demand video training. Learn what you need for certification at your pace.  When you are ready, nail the TOGAF Certification test.

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