The COG-703 test is the code for IBM Cognos Tables Manager1 10.1. This is the required certification test if you plan to become an IBM Certified Administrator – Cognos Tables Manager1 (TM1) 10.1. Basically, this is an online certification test written in English language and there will be 60 questions. You will only be given 90 minutes or one hour and a half to answer everything. There will be no time extension. You will pass if, and only if, you garner at least 66% correct answers which is equal to approximately 40 points.

The IBM Cognos TM1 10.1 or COG-703 has four parts such as TM1 Concepts, TM1 Installation and Administration, Performance and Scalability, and Troubleshooting. Each part is worth 28%, 38%, 15%, and 19% respectively. From there you can figure out how many items of questions are allocated for each part.

The IBM itself provides a ready-to-read sample test that is available for public to download. This will give you an idea of how COG-703 looks like. However, the sample test only contains 10 questions with multiple choices so this is actually not enough for your preparation. Most likely, the questions included in the sample test are very basic. Do not rely much on the pattern given by the sample test, besides it is not a reliable assessment tool of how prepared and qualified you are for the test.

A very engaging preparation for the COG-703 test is the IBM Cognos TM1: Administer the Technical Environment (v10, 1). It is a short course that runs for two days. In case you do not have the opportunity to attend the training due to schedule and location restraints, you still have an alternative choice which is a COG-703 Instructor-led Online Course. With that, you will still get to prepare for the test at your own convenient time without thinking of distance issues. The title of the online course is IBM Cognos TM1: Administer the Technical Environment (v10.1) – ILO.

You really have to do a lot of reading to be able to pass COG-703 with certainty and to get your IBM Certified Administrator – TM1 10.1 soon-to-be title. The different manuals you should not miss to read are IBM Cognos TM1 10.1.0 Information Center, cognos TM1 Operations Console Guide 10.1.0, TM1 Reference Guide 10.1.0, cognos TM1 Operation Guide 10.1.0, TM1 TurboIntegrator Guide 10.1.0, TM1 Installation and Configuration Guide 10.1.0, Cognos TM1 Developer Guide 10.1.0, Configuring IBM TM1 for Citrix, Cognos TM1 Performance Modeler User Guide 10.1.0, TM1 New Features Guide 10.1.0, TM1 Web User Guide 10.1.0, SAP Cookbook for IBM Cognos 8 BI. You might wonder why there are so many readings you have to review for 60-item COG-703 test. Well, the answer is simple- the test is just the start of you career determination so if you really want to be a Cognos TM1 Administrator, better be prepared for the real thing ahead of time.

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