Exam Prep Tips
Here are quick tips to help you excel in your exams.
Exams S90.01, S90.03, S90.04, and S90.06 are hour long exams that consist of multiple-choice questions. Exam S90.07 is a two hour lab exam comprised of questions with complex problems for you to solve. Each lab question has a background scenario and a problem statement that first must be analyzed in order to determine the correct solution.
To prepare for these exams, it is best to attend an instructor-led workshop or purchase Self-Study Kits from SOASchool.com. The kits include Self-Study Guides, Flashcards, and Audio Tutor CDs that supplement the Course Module Booklets. These supplements can be beneficial in providing further resources specifically for exam preparation. Studying sample questions from the Self-Study Guide especially enables you to get a preview of how the Prometric exam questions will be structured. By memorizing the flashcards, you can enhance your ability to recall larger bits of information referenced by the triggers. And, the Audio Tutor CDs are an effective study aid that provides guidance from actual Certified SOA Trainers.
The key to being prepared for exams is in understanding how all the parts of the SOA Analyst curriculum relate and work with each other. Pinpoint key terms and concepts and make sure you understand them. Knowing the course material is necessary but not sufficient to guarantee success on the exam. You also need to be able to communicate the answers effectively under exam conditions. Remember, people respond to different learning styles, so use what works for you.
The Business Value of SOA Analysis
As an Certified SOA Analyst, you will be able to take business intelligence, break it down into core functions, and derive conceptual services that will eventually be responsible for business automation. Moreover, the service candidates that you will be defining will form the basis for true IT assets that will be able to provide repeated value for the organization over time in order to achieve high levels of ROI. You will be able to develop a shared vocabulary based on a common understanding of SOA and service orientation, and you will be able to leverage this to fulfill business requirements, meet stakeholder expectations, and provide true business value to help transform the organization. SOA Analysts help bridge the business and technology communities in order to achieve real-world alignment between business requirements and technology automation solutions.