Preparing for the Exam
CAP and aCAP certifications independently verify an individual’s superior knowledge of the entire analytics process. As such, all certificants must first take and pass a 100-question, multiple-choice exam designed to test professional fluency with data projects and related concepts. Though the passing score for each version of the CAP examination is computed separately, it typically hovers around 70%. More information regarding exam content and resources for exam preparation are available below.
What is the CAP exam based on?
The Certified Analytics Professional examination is based on the Job Task Analysis (JTA) developed and validated by subject matter experts and practitioners and which serves as the blueprint. For the content of the CAP program, there are seven areas of responsibility: business problem framing, analytics problem framing, data, methodology selection, model building, deployment, and lifecycle management. See the Analytics Job Task Analysis (JTA).
How can I best prepare for the CAP exam?
Because the exam is based on analytics practice, there are no required courses. There is an optional CAP Prep class offered by INFORMS Professional Development. You can use our Exam Resources page for materials to help you study for the exam. These include the Analytics Job Task Analysis (JTA), a free Study Guide, and the Candidate and Associate Candidate Handbooks which have sample questions and list several reference books that may be useful in your preparation.
Are you planning to take the Certified Analytics Professional exam and earn your CAP? Click on the button below to access free resources are available to help you prepare. In addition to these materials, INFORMS offers CAP Prep Online and CAP Prep Boot Camp courses to help boost your comfort with exam material before test day.View Resources
Take a Sample Test
Although sample test questions will not appear on any actual CAP examination, they are intended to inform you of the types of questions that will be on the exam. Click below to access the sample test.Take the Sample Test
CAP Prep Classes
The INFORMS CAP Preparation Course, or CAP Prep for short, is a class created by INFORMS Professional Development to help candidates prepare to take the CAP exam. It is an instructor-led online training, providing busy professionals with a flexible and affordable option to prepare for the next step in their career. We recognize that everyone has different learning styles. Some prefer the flexibility of the four-week, instructor-led online course. Others may prefer something more condensed with a shorter time commitment. CAP Prep is not required for obtaining your certification and taking a CAP Prep course does not guarantee that you will receive your certification, it is an available and optional tool like any other resource.
The CAP Prep and CAP Prep Premium course options run for four weeks and each week students participate in three, one-hour webinars. Each webinar is recorded and available in the online classroom for review as needed. The Premium option of the class provides participants with additional support to help them prepare for the CAP exam. Premium participants receive an electronic version of the INFORMS Analytics Body of Knowledge (ABOK), access to set “office hours” with their instructor, and learning boosters designed to help retain information learned in each module.
For those who would rather spend three half days focused on preparing for the CAP exam, INFORMS offers an intensive CAP Prep Boot Camp. This boot camp is a synchronous, instructor-led that covers the same content as the CAP Prep course, simply in a more concise format.Learn more about CAP Prep Register for a CAP Prep class
Frequently Asked Questions
Preparing for the Exam
Preparing for the Exam
What is the examination based on?
The examination is based on the Job Task Analysis (JTA) developed and validated by subject matter experts and practitioners and which serves as the blueprint for the content of the CAP program. There are seven areas of responsibility: business problem framing, analytics problem framing, data, methodology selection, model building, deployment and lifecycle management. See the Analytics Job Task Analysis (JTA).
Are there sample questions?
Yes. In the Candidate Handbook there are 24 sample questions with rationale for both the correct and incorrect answers. These questions will not appear on any actual CAP examination; they are intended to inform you of the type of questions you will find on the exam. They should not be used as a self-assessment; performance on these questions does not indicate performance on the exam.
Is the exam open book?
No. No books or notes of any kind may be used for the exam.
Do I have to know a programming language?
No. The exam is software and vendor neutral and assesses only the analytics process contained in the job/task analysis.