Demystifying the exam structure – CBAP

The Skilled Business Analyst ran a series of posts on Instagram explaining facts about the CBAP, CCBA and ECBA exam. In this three-part series we will explore the exam structure of CBAP, CCBA and ECBA.


Exam Facts

Exam Focus Areas

Key Takeaways:

  1. Amount of time given in the exam versus number of questions

It is a misconception to think you have time as there are only 120 questions in the 3,5-hour allocated time!

What potential candidates need to know is that in order to start answering the questions you need to either read through a mini case study or a scenario. This takes time especially if there is more than one question for a case study.

3,5 hours translates to 210 minutes. This means you have on average 1.75 minutes for each question.

Tip: Budget your time wisely! Ensure that you are conscious about time spent on a question.


  1. Types of questions

Case Study questions

A case study describes a situation and business problem(s). It tests candidates understanding of specific techniques and all 6 BABOK Knowledge Areas. It tests that candidates can apply theoretical knowledge learnt to practical situations. It also tests candidates ability to analyse and evaluate the information.

Scenario based questions

Scenario questions will test that candidates understand and integrate key concepts of the BABOK Knowledge Areas.

Tip: Ensure you have a solid grasp of all 6 Key knowledge areas with the key concepts. This will help you as go through the case study and scenario questions.

  1. BABOK v3 Knowledge Area focus

It is important for candidates to be aware of the different weightings of each BABOK core knowledge area. This will allow you to give more focus on the areas that have the higher weightings. As can be seen 30% of questions come out of the Requirements Analysis and Design Definition Knowledge Area.

Contact The Skilled Business Analyst to help you prepare for your CBAP exam.

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