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Tips on Preparing for the PMP® Certification Exam
27 Jun

Tips on Preparing for the PMP® Certification Exam

  • Sunil Meshram
  • 27 Jun, 2017

Understand the PMP® question pattern:

1.The PMP® Certification Exam has 200 multiple choice questions, with a time limit of 4 hours. 

2.There is No Negative Marking .
All questions are multiple choice questions in which the candidate must select one answer from the four options provided in each question.4.You are not required to type even a single word to answer any question.  Also, these questions are randomly selected from a question database.5.Out of 200 questions asked, 25 questions are dummy questions which are not scored. The validity of these questions is being tested for possible inclusion as authoritative questions in future versions of the PMP® Exam.
6.Please note that pretest questions are not known to the candidate when taking the exam; so, it is better to answer all 200 questions to the best of your knowledge.


Take our Free Mock Tests containing 50 questions to get an idea of the PMP® exam format.

Understand the PMBOK® Guide thoroughly:PMI® has clearly recommended the PMBOK® Guide as the standard study guide for the PMP® Certification Exams and several questions are based on the PMBOK® Guide, so make sure you thoroughly study the PMBOK® Guide. While studying PMBOK® Guide, try to relate their terms, concepts and processes with the terms, concepts and processes used in your organization for better understanding. Some terms and concepts in the PMBOK® Guide may be different from what is used in your organization, however if you are able to relate them with the current organization, it would make your preparation easier.

How to read the PMBOK® Guide: 

1.First skims the chapter to understand what the chapter contains.
2.Then go through details of that topic in the PMBOK® guide, while doing this focus on understanding all of the processes and their interactions and all the terms and concepts.
Take notes for future reference.
4.Review the chapters and keep revising your notes.
Nowadays lots of study materials are available online. Be careful while referring them; make sure you check PMBOK® Guide for the relevance of those materials.

Relate PMBOK® Guide concepts to real-life examples:

Remember cramming all the concepts of PMBOK® Guide may not be very helpful. So try to relate the terms and concepts in the PMBOK® Guide to your real-life project examples. Go through case studies for better understanding of each knowledge area.

A careful study of PMBOK Guide will help you to understand that almost all of the concepts and knowledge areas in the PMBOK® Guide are inter-related, and can be applied to real-life project management scenarios.

Join a Study Group:

Study Group is a group of like minded people who are also preparing for PMP®
® Certification Exams. It is a brilliant way to keep yourself motivated and at the same time lets you discuss and understand the concepts which you find difficult in PMBOK® Guide. Plus as different terms and concepts are used in different organizations, you will get an opportunity to understand the terms and concepts used in other organizations.

There are 2 kinds of study groups which a PMP® aspirant can join:

Offline Study Groups: These Study Groups can be people from a physical location meeting at a particular place, once or twice a week, to discuss relevant issues in the PMBOK® Guide. If you would like to be part of this kind of study group, please contact your local PMI® Chapter.

Online Study Groups: If you are unable to join any offline group, there are some excellent online study groups in which you can ask questions about and discuss issues related to PMP®
® Certification Exams. Joining these forums and going through their postings at least once every day is highly recommended.

Finding Time to study for the Exam:

This varies depending on your prior knowledge and experience. Detailed study of PMBOK Guide is must to clear the PMP® Certification exam.

How many hours a day?

This varies depending on your preference. Study whenever you find it convenient. Some students like to study continuously for 3-4 hours in a day, while others enjoy frequent breaks. 

What will be the best number of days I need to set aside for certification preparation? 

It depends on how many hours you can put aside for preparation on daily basis. Usually 45-90 days should be sufficient preparation time for PMP® Certification Exams.

How do I know that I am prepared for the exam?

Make sure you don’t skip topics. Many topics are inter-related in PMBOK
® guide, so skipping even one topic may affect your result.  After finishing your exam preparation, take our Simulated Practice Tests. Our questions are thoroughly based on the PMP® exam model. If you score well on all the tests, then you are ready to take the PMP® Certification Exam. Try to take the exam as early as you finish your preparation.

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