How should I prepare for the PMP exam?

We get this question all the time.  Are there any short cuts? One magical Online PMP Training Course to cut through all the PMBOK knowledge in an afternoon?  Sadly, the answer is no. The exam is quite extensive – The certification exam has 200 multiple-choice questions, and you have four hours to complete it. In the past, 61% was published by PMI as the passing score for the PMP. Now, there is no set number – You need to score at least “Moderately Proficient” in all 6 domains in order to pass the exam.

How should I prepare for the PMP exam?

“Moderately Proficient” means you need to have a good working knowledge of all the different areas covered Project Management Body of knowledge “PMBOK.”

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) —Fifth Edition reflects the collaboration and knowledge of working project managers and provides the fundamentals of project management as they apply to a wide range of projects. This internationally recognized standard gives project managers the essential tools to practice project management and deliver organizational results.

  • A 10th Knowledge Area has been added; Project Stakeholder Management expands upon the importance of appropriately engaging project stakeholders in key decisions and activities.
  • Project data information and information flow have been redefined to bring greater consistency and be more aligned with the Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom (DIKW) model used in the field of Knowledge Management.
  • Four new planning processes have been added: Plan Scope Management, Plan Schedule Management, Plan Cost Management and Plan Stakeholder Management: These were created to reinforce the concept that each of the subsidiary plans are integrated through the overall project management plan.

How should I prepare for the PMP exam?

Pay particular attention to Table 3.1 – Project Management Process Group and knowledge Area Mapping.  This is your outline for studying. If you can address the ares on this table, then you are ready to go. Most PMP candidates take 6-12 months studying for the exam.


PM Workshops (PMW) incorporates both the theoretical, as well as practical, sides of project management into all our trainings.

  • 4 days of classroom training, 35 PMI® required contact hours, and the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 5th edition in preparation for the PMP Certification Exam.

Our experienced trainers have studied and worked in their respective fields in the EU, U.S. and worldwide for a minimum of 20 years prior to joining PMW. Furthermore, their experience covers the gamut from banking to business/finance to the architectural-engineering-construction (AEC) field to manufacturing and production and more. Their expertise affords them the ability to contour the workshops to their audience, explain the material in the participants’ industry-language, and provide the participants tools they can use in their day-to-day jobs.

For more information on how you can start the process of earning your PMP, fill out the form below for pricing information and a course syllabus.

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