Tips for Dealing with the Stress of Preparing to take a CBAP or CCBA Exam

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When studying to pass any sophisticated exam like the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) CBAP or CCBA exam, you can use the following tips to reduce your stress.

#1 Tip!!  - Pick a Target Test Date to plan for taking the exam. Go to to look for a location, date and time that might work for you and use it as a target test date. 

·         Create a study plan BEFORE you study: Schedule every action you will take to prepare  in your calendar and adjust as needed. 

·         Make the unknown – known: Understand the source of your fear and nervousness. Ask others who have taken the exam about any questions you might have. 

·         Reframe the purpose of the exam: It is not an exam determining if you are a failure or not. The exam is simply meant to test your level of knowledge.

·         Don’t aim for perfection: You need approximately 75% to pass the exam so shoot for 80%.

·         Do sample exams with an exam simulator: Choose a product for its reputation of success rather than being the lowest cost. You get what you pay for.

·         Change your mind-set: Break the habit of thinking success is good and failure is bad. Failure often times comes before success. Block or change persistent negative thoughts into positive affirmations.

·         Manage the risks: Practice taking a simulated exam as if you were taking the REAL Exam. Practice taking a break . If possible, visit the exam location to understand the exam environment.

·         Ask for help and support: Get a study buddy (anyone who can read can become a study buddy) or into a study group.

·         Just do it! You will never FEEL ready to take the exam so use your plan and take the exam!

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