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11.12.2012 TOGAF® Study Guide (Foundation)

13.December.2012 EAM, Kategorien

Tips and tricks to pass the TOGAF® 9.1 foundation exam.

On this page you find a step-by-step approach complemented by several pieces of advice for preparing the TOGAF® 9.1 Foundation Exam ("Part 1 Exam", OG0-091). The information provided refers to the computer-based test hosted by the US-company Prometric.  All tips rely on the experience we made when successfully passing the exam here in Germany in late 2012. Feel free to send us any further advices, improvement suggestions, and remarks regarding the exam via . Good luck!


  • The majority of the preparation material as well as the exam are available in English language only.
  • Even though the combined foundation/certified exam is cheaper, it is also riskier. In case one out of the two fails, both exams have to be repeated.
  • To pass the exam with flying colors a basic understanding of TOGAF® 9.1 is required. One who successfully passes the Certified Exam ("Part 2 Exam", OG0-092) also masters the foundation.

Exam preparation

  1. Thoroughly read the TOGAF® Foundation Study Guide (~170 pages) and answer the test questions at the end of each chapter.
  2. Carry out the trial test ("Test yourself examination paper",  33 pages)  that is included in the Foundation Study guide. Stick to the real test conditions.
  3. Close any knowledge gaps by re-iterate through the Foundation Study Guide. Selectively look up open questions in TOGAF® 9.1 – The Book (~690 pages).
  4. Perform additional preparation tests (cf. further study material). Go through the questions with care. Don’t learn wrong answers, especially if the question uses negations ("not").
  5. Register for the exam at Prometric (on short notice). Pay by credit card.

Exam execution

  • To pass the exam, at least 55% are necessary (22 of 40 answers are correct).
  • Except for the pen and paper provided by the exam host, no further support is allowed (closed-book exam).
  • All non-native English speakers are granted 90min to complete the 40 questions. Although this comprises introduction to the test, this time is more than enough.
  • Working time continuous when interrupting the exam for a break (drinking,  bathroom).
  • For each question between 4 to 5 answers are given with exactly one correct answer.
  • If two answers are very much akin, one of them is often the right solution.
  • In case of uncertainty, it is wise to make use of the comment & markup function provided by the exam software and to proceed with the subsequent question. 
  • Each question should be answered given that there is no deduction in points for wrong answers. Often eliminating wrong answers help to narrow down the initial set to three or two possibilities.
  • Focus areas: The Enterprise Continuum and Tools (4x), ADM Phases (9x), ADM Guidelines and Techniques (6x), Architecture Governance (4x).

Further study material

In case of questions, please feel free to contact our Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) expert .

Also consider to check out our TOGAF® Study guide (certified). Please click on this link for further information about the topic EAM.


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