I’ve recently passed my TOGAF9.1 Certified exam and wanted to share my experience of preparing for the Foundation and Certified exams.
TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework) is a Framework for Enterprise Architecture. To become TOGAF Certified, you need to pass two exams, Foundation and Certified.
How TOGAF can benefit you
Getting certified just for the sake of it (or to boost your salary) is pretty pointless. I found that TOGAF helped my day-to-day engagement with Enterprise Architects and it’s allowed me to add value for clients by bringing TOGAF concepts or techniques to bear. It can greatly expand your toolbox and act as a great source of reference material.
A few specific examples:
I bought the full study guide from the Open Group website. It cost around $60usd and for you money you get Foundation and Certified study guides.
You will also want to familiarize yourself with the full online TOGAF reference. It’s dry stuff to begin with, but I’ve found that as I become more familiar with it, it has become incredibly useful. You can buy this, but I don’t see why you would.
Foundation is rote memorization so I used a number of techniques to aid memorization.
All three were useful and I’m not sure I would have passed without doing them. I found that I could not stare at the study guide and absorb the content, so using active tools helped hammer the content home.
For certified, I did the various practice questions (study pack and the few ones on the Internet).
I definitely studied far more than I needed to pass the exams, but I didn’t do TOGAF just for the certification. If you just want to pass, you can probably get away without the Flashcard stuff.
If you get the self-study guide, the exams are pretty much identical in nature to the included practice tests. I won’t / can’t talk about the questions themselves. If you can pass the practice test for foundation comfortably, you’ll probably be fine for the actual exam.
For Certified, I found myself wanting more practice questions but there aren’t many (legit ones anyways). What I did was create a process for answering questions and followed this rigorously.
The question format of questions in the study guide is pretty much:
I passed comfortably. If you’ve read the study guide and understand the concepts, this approach is pretty fail safe.
Exams are done at Prometric test centres. The Certified exam is open book and so includes a PDF reader inside the exam. The reader is not as good as Adobe PDF, but it’s good enough.
You can find links to sample exam questions below
Using Quizlet I’ve created a free online quiz for TOGAF definitions. You can use them to study and even create tests for yourself. It’s a handy way to work through the 70+ definitions. I find it more effective than simply staring at the book and I hope you do too!
Do you need to know all the definitions for the exam? Of course not, but it helps point you to areas you might be a little weak.
It’s also free. I hope you find it useful, please let me know if you do.