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Passing score for ECBA Exam

This is one of the most commonly asked question for everyone, who is intending to take up IIBA ECBA Exam. What is the score I should get to get certified? Well, there is no official word from International Institite of Business analysis (IIBA). In this post, I will answer this question as well as explain its implication for the test takers.

But before answering the question, let me tell you about the ECBA Exam. IIBA offers the Entry Certification in Business Analysis (ECBA) certification for entry level Business analysts. The exam is of 1 hour duration.The exam has 50 multiple choice questions (MCQs) and has four options. Only one answer is correct and there is no negative marking.

So, what’s the passing score? My answer is based on the ECBA Certified professionals, who took the ECBA course or test series from Techcavass or through LinkedIn group members. Based on these feedbacks, the passing score for the ECBA exam can be put in the range of 60-70%. A word of caution though. IIBA can change this at any point in time.

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How is this information useful to me?

Business analysis body of knowledge (BABOK) is the official IIBA Book. You need to read this book to clear the exam as questions are based on the content of this book. This book is divided into multiple chapters. There are six knowledge areas and each of the knowledge areas has a defined weightage for the ECBA exam. The ECBA exam has 50 questions. The table below shows the wightage of each knowledge area along with the expected number of questions in the exam.

 Knowledge Area ECBA Exam % Weightage No of Questions
Business Analysis planning and moitoring
Elicitation and Collaboration
Requirement lifecycle and management
Strategy Analysis
Requirements Analysis and design definition
Solution Evaluation
Business Analysis and BA Professional
Underlying Competencies
Business Analysis Key Concepts

The most important implication of the above information is that you can be selective in your preparation. You can easily take a selective approach. For example, even if you completely skip strategy analysis and solution evaluation knowledge areas, you will only skip 3 questions. However, these two chapters take up 58 pages in BABOK, around 12%.

Secondly, it also means that if we consider the passing score for ECBA exam to be, let's say, 65% - it means that you need to get 50 X 65% = 32 questions right in the exam.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the format of the ECBA Exam?

The ECBA examination comprises 50 questions and each question has four options. Only one answer is correct. There is no negative marking.

What is the complexity level of the ECBA Exam?

The questions in the ECBA exam are not very complex. The questions are conceptual and do not require any business analysis experience. A good understanding of BABOK and its key concepts are required to clear the exam.

Can I take the ECBA Exam from home?

Yes, all the IIBA exams including ECBA are proctored examinations and can be taken from home. You can check the compatibility status of your device at the official website of PSI.

How to register for the exam?

You can register for the exam from the IIBA website. You can visit the ECBA Certification page and get complete details.
You can become a member and then register for the exam. Get all the details about the ECBA Certification at IIBA Certifications.

Who is eligible for the ECBA Certification?

There is no specific ECBA Eligibility criteria except 21-hrs of Professional development (PD) hours. You can get the 21-hrs of PDs by attending an Endorsed course (which is endorsed for 21-hrs). Techcanvass offers ECBA Certification training which is endorsed by IIBA.

About Techcanvass

Techcanvass is an IT certifications training organization. We are an IIBA Endorsed education provider and iSQI, Germany Authorized training centre. We provide business analysis and automation testing certification courses. Apart from providing training programs, we also publish useful resources for entry level and working business analysts. Visit our blog to know more...Business Analyst Blog


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