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Free TOGAF 9 Exam Study Guide

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments
I recently passed the Level 1 + 2 TOGAF 9 exams and became a Certified TOGAF 9 Architect.
While I still have the exams and study running around my head I thought I would create a study guide for budding TOGAF architects to use.

This is a short document that highlights areas to study in order to pass the exams, it has some example questions but mainly focuses on study areas and content that should be fully understood before taking the exam. It also explains the difference between the exams and how best to study for and pass each.

Good luck for anyone taking the exams and if you have anything to say, please feel free to comment using the site, thanks.
Click here to download:

TOGAF 9 Exam Study Guide.pdf (336 KB)

  1. Simona
    July 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    thank you Nick for the information posted on the web related to togaf 9 exam. Very useful ! I am preparing for togaf level 2 ( I passed togaf level 1 ) and I am so close to the exam. I love Togaf !
    Just one thing I want to ask you: Phase E : opp and solutions what means Greenfield and Revolutionary and what is the difference between them ?
    (13.4.8 Formulate High-Level Implementation and Migration Strategy Determine Overall Strategic Implementation Direction)

    What I understand (correct me if I am wrong)
    For both we sustain two parallel environments until phase G is finished:
    current environment of the enterprise = “live” applications
    future environment of the enterprise tailored with ADM phases = designed on (A, B,C,D), planned on (E,F) and implemented on (G) where there is governance on the implementation of these architectures. At the end of G phase we will have all Transition Architectures implemented (Closure on Phase G will be when the solutions are fully deployed once ) and Baseline Architecture <— Target Architecture..
    1) what is the meaning of :
    – Greenfield – "start from the beginning" ?
    – Revolutionary – " switch on, switch off" :

    2) what is the difference between "Greenfield" and "Revolutionary" …

    Toronto, Canada

    • July 31, 2011 at 8:54 am

      Hi Simona,

      Thanks for your query, I’m glad you are finding the study guide useful.

      Greenfield is quite simply where there are no systems/services/architectures in place right now which must be changed to implement the architecture change you created in the previous stages. An example of this would be a brand new company, or if you are implementing a brand new architecture capability which does not need to change any other architecture in order for the new architecture to be implemented

      If there are systems/services etc in place already, which is most often the case, then generally you have two ways to implement your new architecture/s:

      – Revolutionary, this is generally the highest risk but sometimes can bring about return on investment quicker. It involves making big sweeping changes to one or a number of architectures within a short space of time. An example of this could be to completely replace an ERP system by switching one off then the new one on with no parallel running of the two systems.

      – Evolutionary, this is normally the lowest risk and involves making subtle changes to one or more systems/services over a longer period of time than Revolutionary, possibly using a greater number of transitional architectures. An example of this may be to first modify a single business process or part of an IT system, then later make more modifications until you eventually have implemented your final “to-be” architecture.

      Another point to make is that Governance is most effective when it occurs over the full lifecycle not just near the end or beginning.
      That way Governance can be applied in subtle changes with the least impact. For example if an architecture defines the use of non compliant security practices, it would be best to determine this as early as possible, rather than realize it just before the architecture is about to be implemented.

      I hope this is useful and answers your question/s.

      If you think this could also be useful to others, feel free to post your question as a comment on the blog and I will reply with the response.

      Good luck with your 2nd exam. The 2nd one is mainly about finding the right part of the TOGAF book each question is referring to as early as possible, then the answer is normally is pretty straight forward to find.

      Kind Regards,

  2. arun
    March 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Nick ,
    Thanks for the exam study guide . what was your preparation time for TOGAF and what materials to you recommend apart from the recommended study guides. Did you used any other materials apart from the study guide?.


    • March 12, 2013 at 4:29 am

      Hi Arun,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Personally I attended one training course, then did self study for around one week before taking the exam.
      My main study material was the TOGAF book and course notes, along with a few things I found on the web for free.
      To be honest, the material I found on the web was not really that useful and I did not find anything at the time which I would recommend, hence me publishing the free study guide.

      Training courses are almost always very useful, as they give you an opportunity to use the trainer or fellow trainees as a sounding board when attempting to grasp certain concepts.
      You can however pass the exam without a training course, just buy the book and use my study guide to focus your attention on the areas to study. For this method I would recommend 1-3 months depending on your previous experience with Enterprise Architecture/TOGAF.

      Make sure you post back and let me know how you did.
      Good luck!

      Kind Regards,

    • March 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Arun,

      I attended a course run by Architecting the Enterprise which was pretty good.
      In terms of books, I would recommend using the TOGAF book available from the open group.

      Good Luck, make sure you come back and tell me how you do!

      Kind Regards,

  3. arun
    March 24, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Thanks for your reply . Which Book do you recommend for TOGAF? . Can you also share the details of the training course that you attended ?


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