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15.12.2014 Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering (Advanced)

15.December.2014 Enterprise Architecture Management, EAM, Digitalisierung

Master the CPRE advanced level exam - requirements elicitation and consolidation - with tips and tricks from Syracom

On this page you find a step-by-step approach complemented by several pieces of advice for passing the Certified Professional for Requirements Engineering Advanced Level exam (CPRE AL), modul requirements elicitation and consolidation, with flying colors. The information provided refers to the pen & paper test (Syllabus 1.0 as of 20th, December 2012) hosted by the German provider TÜV SÜD Akademie GmbH. All tips rely on the experience Syracom gained when passing the two-step exam here in Germany in 02/2014. Thereby, the study guide details on the approach and not the content of the exam. Feel free to send us any further hints, improvement suggestions, and remarks via E-Mail. Good luck!

General

  • The exam consists of two parts: written exam (part 1) and written assignment (part 2). Passing part 1 is a prerequisite for participation part 2. Both parts have to be completed within 12 months.
  • Preparation material as well as the exam are available in German and English.
  • Prerequisite for admittance to the exam is a CPRE Foundation Level certificate or a certificate in Requirements Engineering of BCS.
  • Performing the exam does not necessarily require the participation in a CPRE AL course in particular if the participant has earned a computer science/business informatics university degree and gained practical experience as a requirements engineer or business/IT analyst respectively.
  • To pass the exam and the written assignment, in both cases at least 60% of the possible points are necessary.

Exam preparation

  1. Thoroughly read the CPRE AL syllabus (version 1.0) of the International Requirements Engineering Board (IREB).
  2. Read chapter 5, 6 and 16 of the German book Requirements Engineering and – Management by Chris Rupp (556 pages, edition October 2014)
  3. If required, repeatedly read (part of) the book Requirements Engineering Fundamentals by Klaus Pohl and Chris Rupp (164 pages, edition May 2011).
  4. Examine the IREB CPRE AL exam regulations (version 1.7).
  5. Carry out the IREB CPRE AL practice examination (version 1.1) by sticking to the real test conditions. Carefully examine the questions, models, and given answers.
  6. Validate the given exam answers by using the IREB CPRE glossary (version 1.6).
  7. Close any knowledge gaps with the help of the books, the IREB documentation, as well as additional CPRE material (cf. Further study material).
  8. Sign up for the exam at TÜV SÜD Akademie GmbH (registration until 2 weeks prior to day of exam) or any other certification body.

Exam (exam part 1)

  • Except for a pen, a watch, and the distributed exam sheets (DINA4 pages single-face printed) no other material is allowed.
  • Native speakers are granted 75 min (non-native speakers 90 min, if  a written request has been filed before) to get familiar with the exam and to complete all multiple-choice questions. This requires a quick and determined advancing.
  • According to IREB exam rules, one is not permitted to leave the room for bathroom breaks during the exam time. However, the test we attended allowed us to take short bathroom breaks with working time continuing during our absence.
  • Similar to the foundation exam, the advanced exam contains three question types:
    • 1. Single-choice (A-question) - One single answer is correct.
    • 2. Multi-choice (P-question) - n answers are correct (n>1).
    • 3. Right or wrong (K-question) - n statements have to be marked as right or wrong or the attributed to one of two categories respectively.
  • Question should be answered in the following five-step order:
    • 1. Carefully read the question and all possible answers.
    • 2. Check all right answers (in particular A-questions)
    • 3. Cross out all wrong answers.
    • 4. If uncertain, mark a question and answer it at the end
    • 5. Do not check an answer of a P and K-question in case of doubt since a wrong check leads to negative points.
  • We recommend to work through the entire syllabus content in order to achieve an optimal preparation for the exam.

Written assignment (exam part 2)

  • The report should comprise between 10-15 pages, at most 15 pages (Arial, font size 15, border margin 2.5cm, single line spacing). IREB provides all participants a template.
  • With regards to overall time required, IREB speaks of 2 working day consisting of 8h each. Even when sticking to a quick and continuous work rhythm, at least 12h are needed. Spending less time possibly leads to a loss of quality and a rise in danger of not passing the exam.
  • The main task of the written assignment lies in the mapping of the presented requirements elicitation and consolidation techniques on a self-selected (not necessary real) project example.
  • It is recommended to pick a real project example which the participant describes and reflects it on 10-12 pages through the eyes of the syllabus. The project’s aspects should be interpreted and formed in a way that make them less complex but still useable for the requirements techniques.

Further study material

Our web research only revealed few specifics on the exam.

Do you require further help? Just ask our requirements engineering expert Dusan Petek.

Also consider to check out our CPRE study guide (foundation).Please click here for further information on requirements engineering at Syracom.

 

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