Preparing for PMP Exam
To earn your Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential, you need to meet the experience and education requirements, and pass the PMP® examination. The exam is a 200-question, multiple-choice test.
Having the right project management skills does not guarantee by itself that you pass the exam, but must include vigorous
preparation and dedication.
Successful PMP candidates typically use multiple study aids, including courses, self-study and study groups.
Even though the PMP® is based on the PMBOK®, you must rely on other resources as well to prepare for the exam.
This includes training, solving and practicing exam questions, and others.
Tips for Taking the Exam
- No single reference work; e.g., PMBOK®Guide
- Supplement your knowledge and experience with “focused” references; e.g., PMI Standards, etc
- Prepare a little each day rather than “cramming”
- Depending on how you learn, study groups can be helpful
- Consult with others who have taken the exam
- Have a strategy:
- Read instructions carefully
- Budget your time (200 questions in 4 hours)
- Do a brain dump of formulas on scrap paper as you sit down
- Use all time allowed to recheck answers
- Focus on answers during exam, not your score, etc.
- Read questions and all answers carefully
- When all else fails “guess
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. Your goal is to pass not make a perfect score. No one will know except you will know whether
you barely passed or aced the exam. You are still certified either way.
- Answer the question!
- Read the entire question and all responses before selecting answer
- Remember to allocate your time accordingly
- Answer questions you know first and mark those you need to work on so you can come back later; i.e., save your time for those you need to work on, get all of the others out of the way first)
- Save time at the end for those you don’t know so you can guess – any answer is better than no answer
- Do NOT change an answer unless you are sure you made a mistake – your first guess is probably your best guess
- You can usually eliminate the options down to 2; if all else fails, guess – you may get it right
- If you run short of time simply guess at the answers; luck may be with you.
- Once certified make sure you meet the Continuing Certification Requirements – you do NOT want to have to start all over in regaining your PMP®