Attending the BCS Foundation Certificate in Agile is great preparation for the associated assessment, but there is an expectation of some self-study after the class to maximise your chances.
BCS have published one official set of 20 sample examination questions. This specimen paper is half the length of the full examination, but the questions are at the same level and format. It is recommended that you:
- Download the test here (courses attended before 20 Sept 2020) or here (courses from 20 September 2020 onwards) and answer the questions.
- Mark your answers using the official answer key (pre 20 September 2020). The answer key for post 20 September 2020 courses is at the end of the question page.
- Research the questions you got incorrect, or contact your trainer with any follow-up questions.
The knowledge required is listed below, taken from the BCS syllabus (pre 20 September 2020). For courses delivered after 20 September, 2020, follow this link to the BCS Syllabus for 2.0. There are links to resources for further reading within each section. This will allow you to focus your reading in areas that you feel least strong, or on the parts of the specimen paper that you scored lowest.
The key reference text for the course is Agile Foundations: Principles, practices and frameworks published by BCS. If your organisation has a Safari subscription, you may be able to access it there for free.
A high-level summary of the key terms and principles, based on the above reference text, is available in this glossary of agile terms, which is relevant for the BCS Certificate in Agile 2.0. Reviewing this document would recommended to consolidate the key facts you are likely to need to recall in the exam. For anyone who attended the training course prior to 20 September, 2020, follow this link to the relevant Pre 20 Sept glossary of agile terms.
BCS Foundation Certificate in Agile Knowledge Areas
1. The Agile Manifesto
2. Rationale & Benefits of Agile
3. Individuals and their Interactions over Processes and Tools
4. Working Systems over Comprehensive Documentation
5. Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiations
6. Responding to Change over Following a Plan
7. Common Agile Roles
What is an agile coach? (Known as Agile Lead in BCS syllabus)
What is a product owner? (Known as Customer in BCS syllabus)
What is an agile development team? (Known as The Team in BCS syllabus)