The CBAP Exam Outline

The IIBA established the CBAP® examination in order to standardize the Business Analysis profession across the globe. The certification has some strenuous eligibility criteria which are outlined in an introductory blog post here.

The exam has 120 multiple choice questions spanning over six distinct areas of business analysis expertise. The exam must be completed within 3.5 hours. The questions follow the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) Guide and are both scenario and case-study based. The exam intends to create a strong foundation of BABOK principles, and is not meant that the analyst has exhaustive knowledge about all facets of business analysis.

The knowledge areas and their weightage is outlined below:

Knowledge Areas Weightage
Business Analysis, Planning and Monitoring 14%
Elicitation and Collaboration 12%
Requirements Life Cycle Management 15%
Strategy Analysis 15%
Requirements analysis and design definition 30%
Solution Evaluation 14%


For your exam preparation you can make use of some resources listed below:

  • Study from the BABOK thoroughly
  • Take part in CBAP® study groups within your organisation or city. You can find people via LinkedIn and through facebook groups.
  • Take CBAP® Exam Preparation courses. Prudential Solutions has an extensive preparation regimen designed to boost your score in the CBAP® exam
  • Online courses, and free study materials are present, so be sure to check out some study guides and other online channels to improve your exam preparation
  • You can also find Mock exams and other sample questions available online, and even on the IIBA website.


Keep in mind that you do not have to be a member of the IIBA to give the exam, but you will have to pay a higher fee to give it. After a candidate passes the CBAP® exam, they are free to use the CBAP® credential. The certification lasts three years, and ninety days before the expiration, the IIBA will get in touch with the candidate directly.

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