Follow these 5 tips when preparing for your AgilePM Practitioner exam:
1. Tab, annotate and review your DSDM® Atern® Agile Handbook (blue and white textbook)
Tab and review your textbook prior to the exam. The Agile Practitioner exam is an open book examination, so you don’t need to know all the detail by heart. You may reference your tabbed, annotated and highlighted textbook but are not permitted access to any other (separate) notes. Insert a visible tab for each section, with the section number and name, so that you can find it easily. It’s also helpful to include tabs for Appendix A (Glossary) and Appendix C (Products – detail).
Locating information quickly is the single biggest success factor in an open book exam, next to knowing your content. If you are able to locate information quickly and easily, it will help with confidence and validation as you progress through the exam.
2. Complete the pre-work (Complete Practice/Sample Paper)
You will receive a letter and a complete sample exam to complete in your own time prior to the exam session. Read the letter thoroughly first as it contains valuable information, tips and tricks for how to prepare and set you up for success.
Complete the entire practice exam. You can give yourself the allotted 2 hour timeframe to get a feel for how long you’ll have in the actual exam, and to get your time management right, or take your time and use the exercise to revise as you go.
The practice exam will be marked with the participant group during this session, and used as the basis for revision and discussion.
3. Manage your time
The exam is 120 minutes in duration, so you’ll need to manage your time in order to complete all questions comfortably.
As a general guide, you could spend the first 10-15 minutes reading the scenario information and getting familiar with the layout of the paper. If 25 minutes is then allocated for each of the four questions, this will allow 5 minutes’ tolerance for the additional reading (based on the scenario) required for some questions.
4. Ease yourself into it…
Some papers start with tougher questions, and others build up to them, starting with simpler ones. If you find the first set of questions difficult, move ahead to the next, and come back to them.
5. Set aside the ‘Additional Information’ until you need it
There is a ‘Case Study Scenario’ (overview of business situation), and ‘Additional Information’ relating to specific questions only. Set this ‘Additional Information’ aside until you reach a question that requires it. Until that time, it won’t be relevant and may be confusing. It will be stated very clearly which questions and sections will require it.
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