How much time should I spend studying for the exam? Which books should I read in order to prepare for the exam? Do I need to memorize all the ITTOs? If these questions sound familiar it is because everyone has the same concerns regarding taking the exam. Also, there are tons of blogs and online social media groups discussing all the possible configurations for studying for the exam. However, there is such a thing as overkill when it comes to preparing for the exam.
My advice, after running countless PMP Exam workshops, is to follow these steps in this order:
- Schedule the exam preparation process, which includes the following:
- Preliminary studying. See item 2 below.
- Dates for the PMP exam preparation workshop.
- Post-workshop studying timeframe. Usually, no more than 1 to 2 months after the workshop ends. Otherwise, you will start to forget too many important definitions, processes, etc.
- A target date for taking and PASSING the exam.
- Study the PMBOK.
- Highlight the information and topics you consider salient.
- Take a PMP exam preparation workshop.
- Ask your workshop coach to point out what he/she considers to be important for taking the exam, as well as what would be beneficial for your everyday project management tasks.
- Re-study your notes.
Take as many sample exams as you can. You don’t have to take several 200-question exams all at once, especially if you don’t have the time to take 4 hours out of your day. Just go over 50 questions during lunch, in the evening, on the train ride to and from work, etc.
- When you feel you understand the concepts and are scoring 75% or better on the sample exams, you should be ready for the test.
- THINK POSITIVELY!
- Don’t stress too much about this. At the end of the day, it is just a test!
If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email, regardless of whether you take a PMP exam prep course through me or not.