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CICS Concepts and Operation


1 hour


A good general knowledge of CICS concepts, common CICS terminology, and the environment that CICS operates in.
The following Datatrain courses have been used as reference for this assessment:

  • CICS TS - Introduction
  • CICS TS - Controlling CICS Operations
Additional on-the-job training in the areas above should also be undertaken to prepare you for scenario based questions that have been included in this assessment.


This assessment is designed for data center staff responsible for operating and monitoring the CICS subsystem.


This assessment covers the following topics:

  • CICS Terminology
  • CICS Startup and Shutdown
  • Format and Syntax of CICS Commands
  • Interpretation of CICS Messages
  • Resolving Operational Problems Associated with CICS.

Assessment Detail

The question types in this assessment are mainly simulation, multiple choice, drag and drop, and true or false. The questions displayed are different for every examinee because a number of core questions are always selected along with a number that are taken from a pool. All questions are then randomized to produce your customized assessment. No technical manuals or references (either vendor or internally developed by your organization) should be used during this assessment.

Pass Mark

The pass mark for this assessment is 70%.

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