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PMP: Top 10 PMP Exam Prep Tips
Posted on Monday, November 16 @ 16:53:15 EST by webadmin

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This presentation will provide the top 10 tips for preparing for the PMP Exam
They are in somewhat of a sequential order as some items will be required before beginning or completing other items.

Here are Top 10 PMP Exam Prep Tips:

1. Don’t take this exam lightly!

- There are 180 questions.  You must answer them within 4 hours
- Content is pulled not only from PMBOK but also various other sources
- It will require time for you to not only memorize terms, definitions and formulas, but you also need time to actually learn and understand the PMI way

2. Treat your “PMP Exam Prep” as a project

- This initiative is temporary and unique.
- It has a definitive start and end
- It will produce a deliverable; you being PMP Certified
- These are all characteristics of a project
- For this reason, you should create an INITIAL high level plan or schedule to support this project
- Acquire a PMP Exam Prep Plan here

3. Begin Preparation

- Become a member of PMI here
- Read the “PMP Handbook” from here
- Acquire a copy of “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” (PMBOK) and the "Agile Practice Guide".  Get the bundle from here
- Acquire at least one of PMI's Recommended PMP Exam Reference Materials.  See the full list here

4. Create a Study Plan

- After receiving and reviewing PMBOK as well as you supporting exam prep materials, update your high-level plan with more a detailed study plan.  This is an example of Progressive Elaboration.
- Acquire and or adjust the PMP Exam Prep Plan here

5. Study!

- Read PMBOK
- Read the supporting PMP Exam materials
- Memorize Terms and Definitions.  PMBOK® Glossary Terms and Definitions 6th Edition 2017 online here.
- Study ITTO's and memorize Formulas.  Both can be acquired under the Standard option here
- Critical Path and Earned Value is critical!  Check out this video
- Memorization is Important, but Understanding is Paramount.

6. Practice Questions

- Complete as many practice questions as you can find.  Thousands of FREE Practice Questions here
- Suggestion is to take a pre-test prior to each PMBOK chapter to set a baseline of your knowledge
- Study that PMBOK chapter
- Take a post test.  Take your time and think about the questions and draw from your understanding
- Review questions that you missed to understand why

7. Consider a Training Course

- This can be used as part of your 35 hours of Education needed for the PMP Application
- These are quite frequently referenced as Workshops
- These are generally fast paced and should be viewed as a way to supplement your personal studies
- There are a ton out there!!  Here is one.

8. Network

- Talk to others
- Join your local PMI Chapter
- Join online discussion groups
- Find a mentor.  You might try this guy

9. Take full practice test

- These are often referred to as Exam Simulators
- Practice with 200 questions
- This will help you in time management for the real exam
- Use results and go study the knowledge areas where you fell short
- Try the full practice test multiple times
- Goal is to consistently hit 85%
- Find some exam simulators from here

10. REST!

- Build into your schedule one day of rest before your exam day
- Studying on this last day can cause un-needed anxiety
- Have all your items needed ready prior to exam day
- Get a full 8 hours of sleep

Other useful information:
  • Is there still value in obtaining the PMP certification?  Answer here and then see the results from you peers.
  • Get a PMP Exam Prep Plan here.
  • Find the PMBOK® Glossary Terms and Definitions 6th Edition 2017 online here.
  • Get thousands of FREE PMP Exam Prep questions here.
  • PMP Exam Day Tips here.
  • Top 10 PMP Exam Prep Tips here
  • Find other PMP Exam Prep Tips from here

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