How to Pass the Disciplined Agile Certification Tests

 

This page is organized into the following sections:

Preparing for a Certification Test

Each test involves randomly selected, multiple choice questions.  To prepare for the Disciplined Agile Certification test, we've seen people be successful by following at least one of the following strategies: 

  1. Take one or more workshops and read the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) book in its entirety.
  2. Read the DAD book in its entirety.
  3. Have several years of agile experience and take one or more workshops.

Both tests are comprehensive.  To be very prepared for a certification test, we suggest that you study the following topics:

How Test Questions are Marked

There are two strategies for awarding points based on the type of question:

  1. True-false questions.  You get one point for a correct answer, zero for the incorrect answer.
  2. Multiple-answer questions. There are several correct choices for this question.   You are awarded one point for each correct answer but one point is deducted for each incorrect answer.
This marking scheme is described in greater detail, with examples, in following sample test.

Sample Test 

We've developed a sample test that you can take to give you a feel for what the two tests are like.  There are 10 questions in the sample test, the answers to the questions at the back of the test, a marking sheet to help you calculate your score, and a detailed description for how your score is calculated (including an example of how a question is marked).  Our recommendation is to print the PDF, take the test, and then calculate your score.

Click here for the Sample Test PDF.


The Certified Disciplined Agilist (CDA) Test

The Certified Disciplined Agilist test is a closed book exam with 25 questions.

The test has a 40-minute time limit. Once started, you WON'T be able to pause the test. We recommend a reliable internet connection, not a public location. 

You must achieve 70% to pass the test.

To prepare for the test, consider one or both of the following:

 

  

 

The Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner (CDAP) Test

The Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner test is a closed book exam with 50 questions.

The test has a 60 minute time limit.

Once started, you WON'T be able to pause the test. We recommend a reliable internet connection, not a public location. 

You must achieve 70% to pass the test.

  • The Certified Disciplined Agile Practitioner test is considerably more challenging than the Certified Disciplined Agilist test.
  • Candidates are expected to be very familiar with the book Disciplined Agile Delivery by Scott Ambler & Mark Lines.
  • Candidates must also have at least two years experience on agile teams. 

 

(but only if you are already a Certified Disciplined Agilist)

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