Let me narrate an incident that happened about 3 months back. I was conducting a
CBAP workshop for a client. As we came closer to the workshop, we were
discussing the preparation plan for the examination.
I advise my participants to study for about 100 hours to get ready for the
examination. I have heard someone person saying that they could clear CBAP in 24
hour preparation, which I really wonder. Are they really telling the truth?
BABoK itself is about 500 + pages of documentation and if you just read twice,
probably will need more than 30 hours of time. Most likely, one will also
prepare for some question bank as well.
When I made this suggestion for 100 hours of study time, one of the participants
asked me, “LN, how do we get this kind of hours to study from our daily routine?
I travel to my work at morning 7 and I reach home around evening 9 given the
fact that travel takes about an hour and half both ways. I have a family and our
job commitment is hard. Getting this kind of time would be really really hard”.
This made me to think this is indeed the situation for many professionals,
especially if you are going in for CBAP. Most likely one is married, may have a
child, have a demanding job as well. So in the midst of all hectic life, how
does one really find time to prepare well?
Since one has put in a good amount of money and effort into CBAP preparation, it
makes sense to go prepared for the exam than just appearing for it. If one
calculates time value of money, one is spending close to 10K to 15K $ for the
Then the same person suggested me something quite interesting. What she told me
is that it’s difficult for her to read or watch a video on the go because she
travels in metro train and where she may not find a place to sit down. (Many of
you those who travel by New Jersey Path metro would have seen how crowded are
the Path trains.)
What she could always do is to hear BABoK. She is in metro for more than an hour
in the morning and again another hour in the evening if there is something that
she can listen to that would make it much easier for her to revise the ideas.
Reading requires lot more concentrated thought than hearing.
Most people listen to music while they travel (which is also quite nice) but
they can take some time out from this travel time to make it effective towards
their CBAP examination preparation process.
This was indeed a wonderful suggestion by the participant. I realized that one
can easily take between 1 to 2 hours every day from the commute to learn about
BABoK. So if you take two hour daily travel time in a month, you have covered 40
hours because most of us should go to work at least 20 days in a month.
You can take some time on other days when you are going for shopping or going
for some other work and you are on road, you can utilize that time. So all put
together, you can easily pull out 60 hours in a month. When you have your
studies done for 60 hours, your regular teaching hours fall to 40 hours. You
need to do is to do the question banks which may require you to have access to
We as an organisation we decided to work on it and be released our audio book on
CBAP V3 very recently. You can go and buy them at a very special introductory
price on our eStore. If you are part of our CBAP workshops, you get access to
the audio books as well.
So happy learning to all of you and hoping that all of you will do fantastic in
your CBAP® preparation examination.
I am a professional BA, trainer, coach and author.
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