IBM Professional Certification Program

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Prepare for Your Certification Test


Start with a review of the certification description. Then link to the required certification test(s).

  • Study the overview and objectives.
  • Evaluate how closely your knowledge and skills are aligned information provided.
  • Review the test preparation information.
  • Plan your studies

You may decide you are already prepared to take the required test(s) based on previous education, experience, and/or your current job skills. However, to make the most of your expertise and testing experience, it is highly recommended you take advantage of these preparation resources.

Test objectives

The test objective information describes the topics to be covered for each section of the test. The objectives also indicate the emphasis placed on each topic by showing the percentage of the test that is dedicated to the section. The actual objectives are listed as specific tasks & knowledge-areas included in each section. The test questions are based on these objectives.

Sample Tests

Sample Tests are provided for some tests. These tests typically have only a few questions intended to acquaint you with the format of a test and the type of questions that may be presented. The Answer Key for the sample questions is also provided. These Sample Tests are only for familiarity and are not designed to aid in assessing preparedness to sit for the exam.

Assessment Tests

Assessment Tests are designed to aid in assessing preparedness to sit for the exam. These tests simulate the actual certification exam. Based on your responses, the Assessment Test will indicate potential areas you may want to study further before taking the certification exam.

The Assessment Test:

  • is the same duration as the certification exam.
  • has the same number of questions.
  • questions are based on the same objective.
  • sections have the same percentage distribution of the test content.
  • score report provides the same type of feedback regarding testing results with the percent correct and number of questions answered correctly by section.

A direct link to the testing website is provided for available Assessment Tests. As you prepare you may take the Assessment Test as many time as you want to check your progress. (NOTE: To maintain the integrity of each assessment test, answers are not provided.)

Recommended Training Resources

Suggested study options for each certification exam are listed on the Test Preparation tab. These resources are identified for your consideration (as needed) to prepare for the exam. Review the offerings listed and chose those you think best suite your preparation needs. Examples of what you might find listed include, various courses (classroom and online), self-study materials, books, IBM reference manuals, product manuals, white papers, and more.


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