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The IBM Cognos TM1 Developers Certification Exam


The IBM Cognos TM1 Developers Certification Exam

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The IBM Cognos TM1 Developer exam covers key concepts, technologies, and functionality of the Cognos products. In preparation for an exam, we recommend a combination of training and hands-on experience, and a detailed review of product documentation.

Those looking to become a certified IBM Cognos TM1 Developer will need to pass the IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam.

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Exam specifics

The IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam (as of this writing) follows the same format as most IBM certification exams. The following information describes the test itself in more detail.


As of this writing, the certification exam contains a total of 63 questions.


As of this writing, the certification exam is multiple choice and is given electronically.

(Note: it is not currently accessible via the internet. The candidates appearing for the test must schedule an appointment to take the exam at a certified test facility).

Maximum time allowed

As of this writing, the allowed time for the certification exam allows for a total of 90 (consecutive) minutes.

Once the exam is started, time expends and does not stop until you indicate that you are done with the exam (or the total time allowed is exhausted). Once you begin the exam, if you must take a break, keep in mind that the break does not stop or pause the clock, so be prepared to complete all questions on the exam at a single sitting.

As in a written exam, you have the ability to skip or page forward and back during the time allowed.

There is no advantage for taking less time to complete the exam. Therefore, it is advised that you take the time to go back and check over the questions and answers which you finish early. This will also allow you to make sure that you answered all of the exam questions.

Questions that you do not provide an answer for are marked incorrect and will affect your total score. So, do not leave any unanswered questions! Make an educated guess if you have to!

Minimal score required to pass

As of this writing, the certification exam has a minimum passing score of 73 percent. Since, the exam has 64 total questions, to obtain a passing score you need to answer at least 45 answers correctly.

Test languages

As of this writing, the certification exam is currently only offered in English.

Location of exam

As of this writing, the certification exam can be taken at any of the many certified testing facilities throughout the world.

A current list of certified faculties can be found online at


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Jim Miller

Mr. Miller is an IBM certified and accomplished Senior Project Leader and Application/System Architect-Developer with over 30 years of extensive applications and system design and development experience. His current role is National FPM Practice Leader. His experience includes BI, Web architecture & design, systems analysis, GUI design and testing, Database modeling and systems analysis, design, and development of Client/Server, Web and Mainframe applications and systems utilizing: Applix TM1 (including TM1 rules, TI, TM1Web and Planning Manager), dynaSight - ArcPlan, ASP, DHTML, XML, IIS, MS Visual Basic and VBA, Visual Studio, PERL, Websuite, MS SQL Server, ORACLE, SYBASE SQL Server, etc. His Responsibilities have included all aspects of Windows and SQL solution development and design including: analysis; GUI (and Web site) design; data modeling; table, screen/form and script development; SQL (and remote stored procedures and triggers) development and testing; test preparation and management and training of programming staff. Other experience includes development of ETL infrastructure such as data transfer automation between mainframe (DB2, Lawson, Great Plains, etc.) systems and client/server SQL server and Web based applications and integration of enterprise applications and data sources. In addition, Mr. Miller has acted as Internet Applications Development Manager responsible for the design, development, QA and delivery of multiple Web Sites including online trading applications, warehouse process control and scheduling systems and administrative and control applications. Mr. Miller also was responsible for the design, development and administration of a Web based financial reporting system for a 450 million dollar organization, reporting directly to the CFO and his executive team. Mr. Miller has also been responsible for managing and directing multiple resources in various management roles including project and team leader, lead developer and applications development director. Specialties Include: Cognos/TM1 Design and Development, Cognos Planning, IBM SPSS and Modeler, OLAP, Visual Basic, SQL Server, Forecasting and Planning; International Application Development, Business Intelligence, Project Development. IBM Certified Developer - Cognos TM1 (perfect score 100% on exam) IBM Certified Business Analyst - Cognos TM1

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