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Architect Review Board Evaluation Guide & Tips

Salesforce Certified Technical Architect Review Board Evaluation Guide & Tips.

About the Architect Review Board Evaluation

The Architect Review Board Evaluation is relatively new and Step 1 of 2 (Step 2: Architect Review Board Exam) to become a Salesforce Certified Technical Architect (CTA). This exam evaluates the readiness for the coveted CTA Review Board Exam. To appear for this exam you must have System Architect and Application Architect credentials as prerequisites. It is available in Online format only.

  • 60 minutes to read, solution, design, and justify a detailed architectural solution
  • 30 minutes to present their recommendations
  • 30 minutes for Q&A discussion
  • 45 minutes for additional feedback and discussion
  • Registration fee: $1,500 USD plus applicable taxes as required per local law.
  • Retake fee: $750 USD plus applicable taxes as required per local law.

Path Towards the Exam

Be ready and fully prepared to face the “Architect Review Board” Exam before applying for this exam. After the registration you get an email to provide a tentative date for the exam(must be within a month). A judge(CTA) will be allocated for the evaluation. You will get a few slots from the judge to book the desired slot. About a week before the exam you get an email explaining the different aspects and logistics for the exam. You must appear for the exam virtually and resolve the scenario by a screen share. Be careful about Windows PC and Mac. The combination does not always work well. Make sure to get it clarified before the exam and practice upfront so that there are no surprises during the exam. Consider the lag on a screen share during the preparation.

Now the Exam

You will be provided with a Business scenario similar to this. You will have an hour to read it and come up with a detailed architectural solution. You can use G suite applications and/or paper based documents to resolve the scenario. In the case of offline documents such as hand drawn diagrams etc. those need to be shared with the Reviewer for evaluation(by taking pictures and sending email). You will have thirty minutes to present the solution and thirty more minutes for Q&A. The judge will then provide additional feedback and discuss your performance, areas of improvements etc.

After the Architect Review Board Evaluation

Now the wait begins! You will receive the decision via email. In case of an unsuccessful evaluation, feedback will be provided to the Candidate with prescriptive next steps. The Candidate will be eligible to re-register for the evaluation only after 6 months. In case of success the next step is the “Architect Review Board Exam” You get a date 2 months prior to your exam.

My Few Cents

  • Form a study group as soon as you start with your journey.
  • Time management is the key during the exam.
  • Practice like exact exam conditions i.e. virtually controlling a PC with Timer and get accustomed with the input lag.
  • Reach out to the Architect Community for guidance. Join the “Architect Ohana” slack group and “Architect Trailblazers” Trailblazer community group.
  • Practice as much as you can and treat this as an exam meaning cover all the domains that are being evaluated to score enough marks!!!

Good Luck!!!!

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