Do you desire to be a certified business analyst? Then there are certain things that you must know and act upon. It is not just what you know that is important, but how much of what you know can you apply to yield useful results. This is why in this article we shall be looking at good ways that will make your preparation towards becoming a certified business analyst easy. Business analyst certification involves taking an examination and when it comes to taking an exam everybody has what works for them. And what works for one person may not work for another person. But in all there are general tips that offer everyone some degree of advantage in preparation. These are the tips that can be regarded to as what can make preparation for business analyst certification easier.

Business Analyst Certification

Gone are the days where you call yourself a business analyst because you have good experience in helping people analyze their businesses and proffer technologically based solutions to their business problems. Today, things have stepped up a notch, such that for you to call yourself a certified business analyst you must have first been certified by the international Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA). And the only way to do this is to sit for the three and half hour long exam consisting of a good 150 questions that will test both your theoretical and experiential knowledge in business analysis. If you can pass this exam then you are fit to consider yourself a certified business analyst and offer your services to high paying business firms. Now that we have established the fact on ‘the what' and ‘the why' of business analysis certification, we will move on and consider the factors that can make your preparation for this exam easy.

It's an Exam not a Death Sentence: A lot of people have strong phobias for taking exams and tests. This is sad because it robs a lot of capable people from being certified, in this case, it prevents them from getting their business analysis certification. They have the experience, they have the knowledge but they are too scared to take the test. The first thing that one must do in this case is to calm their nerves and understand that there are only two outcomes and neither is a death sentence or even anywhere close, because both outcomes are favourable. If you pass, you will be excited, and if you don't, you would have acquired ample knowledge that would have improved you generally and make passing the next time out even more feasible. Take it either way and you will understand that it is a win-win scenario.

Count Your Cost: You cannot think of taking this exam without first realising what it is going to cost you, not just financially but physically too. It is going to cost you your time, your leisure and sometimes your usual daily pleasures. Not to mention that it is going to cost you some amount of cash too. This is both the money that you will use to get resources and the money that you will use to register for the exam. You must first of all prepare your mind for this, if not, you may have setbacks when the whole preparatory phase has entered full gear. This may be either because you were not fully prepared with how much you wanted to spend, or because you didn't expect the preparation to take much toll on you.

Set Realistic Goals: It is very vital that you set goals but it is equally important that you set goals that that you can achieve. If you set goals that you can't achieve, you will have repeated setbacks which would keep you on the negative end for most of the preparatory period.

Study the right stuff: It is no longer news that BABOK is the bedrock from which all 150 questions of the business analysis certification exams will be set. BABOK stands for Business Analysis Body of Knowledge. So be sure to proof that you mean business by preparing with the correct materials and BABOK is one of the ones that you must use.

OPTIMISM: Why write an exam if you think you are going to fail? You are right if you answer that it does not make sense; so a little optimism and positivity is not going to do you any harm. Read testimonies of people who have succeeded before you, make notes of how they did it, and convince yourself that yours won't be any different.

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