At ExamREVIEW we know that merely reading textbook
kind of course material does not
equate to exam success. And there is way too much
The rising exam failure rate shows clearly that the certification industry has
undergone a fundamental change - you can no longer pass just by
reading the regular "standard" preparation material.
the past, exam prep is straight forward - you read the exam prep
books from Amazon, do a couple of practice tests and then bingo.
Nowadays, in order to maintain the "credibility" of their
certification programs, vendors tend to offer huge Bodies of
Knowledge (BOK) which make your life much harder by trying to cover
almost everything under the sun.
Most of the study packages in the
market organize their contents based on the entire BOKs. At ExamREVIEW,
we believe that the BOK approach of exam preparation is quite
unrealistic as it is uneasy to expect busy professionals who do not
have the leisure time to go through 1000+ pages of boring yet heavily
overlapped study information.
Based on our research
and experiences, 80% of
mistakes made by the candidates often come from 20% of the BOK contents.
Think about it:
1, Why do books have to be written the BOK way?
Because the publishers are not certified individuals themselves! Simply
put, they do not really know the contents of the exams being covered.
Therefore, the BOK has to be relied upon on as a framework for
coordination with the authors (it is widely believed that the BOK defines the scope and boundaries of
2, Why do publishers prefer the BOK
approach? If they don't come up with 500 or 1000 pages of information, how
can they justify the high price tags of their packages? It is a typical
quantity versus quality issue.
3, Have you ever wondered how a BOK is formulated?
Most reputable organizations start the BOK process by setting up a
steering committee for establishing the overall goals and directions of
the certification program. Then, by working with a group of external
subject matter experts (SMEs), an initial BOK is formed and is then
further refined. With a BOK on hand, potential sponsors and partners are
being approached for obtaining buy-in and support. Development of exam
questions are then contracted out to qualified professionals, and after a
number of review processes some of the submitted questions are selected
for inclusion into the beta testing process. During the beta testing
process, trial exams are run and statistical tools are deployed for
classifying questions and assigning weights. So what does the BOK process
It is all about first impression. The
BOK has to be broad and comprehensive. A 10-line BOK doesn't look good
enough and should fail to gain any respect. Just like an academic thesis
- a 200-page thesis for certain looks more professional than a 50-page
Most exams do not cover the BOK line
by line themselves. Just compare the numbers - can a 200-question exam
cover a BOK with 400 knowledge statements?
When writing a test question one has
to ensure that the question itself doesn't look stupid and that there
shouldn't be room for dispute. Simply put, it must be possible for a
reasonably qualified third person to figure out the correct answer. Therefore,
many exam questions writers write their questions with strong practical sense
in mind - the kind of practical sense shared by most exam candidates who
have real world experience in the corresponding professions.
As a matter of fact, experienced
candidates do not study the BOK line-by-line. They recognized that many of
the knowledge domains include topics that are heavily overlapped with one
another, and that many knowledge statements simply refer to knowledge that
are hardly testable or simply common-business-sense based. Let us give you
an example to illustrate:
You need to stop your car when the
traffic light turns _________.
This example question tries to test your
knowledge on traffic signals, which is associated with the knowledge
statement "Know the different traffic lights and their meanings" of the
"Traffic signals" knowledge domain. Do you think such a question make
sense in a serious exam scenario? We believe anyone who has practical
experience walking on the street can pick the correct answer.
The above also shows example of knowledge
that is part of the BOK but is hardly testable. Interestingly, similar
information is mentioned in the "Know the traffic rules" statement of the
"Traffic rules and regulations" domain and is tested through a question
According to the traffic rules and
regulations of the United States, the valid traffic light that requires a
complete stop is:
A real life example of the "common sense
based" knowledge domain is "User Awareness and Training". Everyone knows
user awareness and buy-in are
essential to project success.
early user involvement in the design
process is a good approach for obtaining buy-in.
user acceptance is critical and that
sufficient training can facilitate the implementation process.
Based on the above key concepts you can
for sure answer all the "User Awareness and Training" questions correctly.
What is the point of studying for this knowledge domain line by line? Here
comes another classic example:
On which of the following would an
information security strategy place the MOST emphasis?
A. Business goals and objectives
B. Technology plans and deliverables
C. Industry best practices
D. Security metrics
For any strategy to be successfully
implemented, the number ONE rule is to have it properly aligned to the
business goals of the organization (therefore, A is the answer). This is a
very basic knowledge taught in the "Modern Management for dummies"
So, by now, did you get what we are
trying to say? Why "examprep" the dummy way? Of course, you may still pass
your exam through the BOK approach. It is just that you'll have to spend
more time and pay more $ to get yourself passed even though in reality you don't
Frankly, most of the study products on
the market are nothing but many hundred pages of instructions and useless
practice material. They were all written like a textbook, making studying
a slow and painful process that produces meager results. Even the better
guides completely miss the boat- they try to TEACH the material, instead
of TEACHING THE EXAM. Knowing the subject matters isn't good enough - you
have to know how to apply the knowledge - most candidates students have
already learned everything taught in these guides in college and
throughout their professional careers anyway.
"How to Ace the certification exams
without weeks and months of endless studying, using ExamREVIEW study
Now, we know you're probably skeptical.
That's normal and healthy. Let us give you the good reasons we can back up
what we claim:
An unique approach to exam preparation
The reason some candidates
do well on exam day is that they have made the critical connection
between the material they learned and how to use that material to
succeed on the exam.
The ExamREVIEW study products address
the difference between merely knowing the material and knowing how to
use the material to perform on the exams. To avoid wasting your valuable time, BOK topics
that are heavily overlapped, too easy or hardly testable are not included in our TOCs. We make content exclusion judgment based on our skills and
experiences both as business professionals and as qualified exam
We help you focus on topics that are
often essential to exam passing yet often missed by other study prep
product developers. We tell you which topics to pay more attention to,
so that you can have a better shot at handling the killer questions in
the real exams. Simply put, our study guides will help you plan your
study and determine what should go in it. We help you through the study
process (and help you study smarter).
This is how we create our study
1. We sift through the mountain of exam study information available.
2. We sort through the exam specific info and deliver the most critical study info you must know.
3. We analyze, clean up and summarize the study info for you.
4. We make regular updates to the study info based on user feedbacks and
our own internal reviews.
Our materials are updated regularly to
reflect curriculum changes.
Learn the Essential Bits
Packed with valuable tips, tricks, and lessons learned from
years of exam prep experience, our ExamESSENTIALS Guides use an easy-to-follow
point-to-point format to cover the critical and difficult exam topics.
The strength of such approach is in finding your weakness - it is not
the conventional concepts that you need to learn more about. It is the things that
you find hard which require more attention. Our approach is to force you to focus on
your rough spots. Through this means we'll help get you certified!
Our ExamESSENTIALS Guides are highly condensed: topics covered are
summarized into concise and well written information that is easy to
read and understand. In fact, we further classify our prep material into
three different classes:
We'd like to stress
that we do NOT waste time on generalized "study system" kind of
"pick-the-right-answer-every time" techniques or "visit the
web link" referrals. We prefer to focus on actual knowledge contents.
Below shows how our guides look like in print:
After you have developed enough understanding of the critical exam
topics, you can enhance your exam readiness through the review questions
we have assembled. Each ExamREADINESS module is a compilation of questions
covering the major concepts presented in our study guides. To ensure that you can tell the correct answers by truly
understanding the rationale, the review questions
come with answers and explanations that are presented in depth. You will
know WHAT is the correct answer and WHY such an answer is correct.
To help you make a sufficiently informed purchase decision, the TOCs
of our study guides have been reproduced on the individual product
pages. You may refer to those TOCs for further information.