So, you have decided to go ahead with the Project Management Exam but are still trying to figure out how to prepare for the PMP exam? Worry not! This article will take you through some of the best tips and practices you should adopt to crack the PMP Exam. So, take your notebook and pen down all these essential tips so you don’t miss out on anything.
Each year, different individuals with experience and expertise appear in the PMP exam. But unfortunately, only a few successfully sail through it. Everyone is different, and so are their learning habits and capabilities—That’s why you should make a study plan according to your capabilities.
Four best practices for your PMP® Exam preparation
Here are some of the most legit practices that will help you in your PMP exam preparation.
Feed the PMP Examination Content Outline & PMBOK Guide In Your Mind.
Before starting the preparation for any exam, you must understand the content outline and the structure of the questions you’ll face. So, your first step should be going through the PMP Examination Content Outline to get a decent idea of the PMP Exam format.
PMI publishes the PMP Examination content outline to help you understand:
- Different types of questions as per the Process areas
- Skills and knowledge required to face difficulties as a project manager.
Along with this, you should also go thoroughly read the PMBOK guide to avoid any unwanted surprises during the exam.
PMBOK guide is nothing less than the bible for PMP preparation. It consists of the most critical important needed to crack the exam. PMBOK guide explains all the essential PMP processes and guidelines and also describes how these are applicable to project management.
Take Formal Courses To Kick-start The Preparation
Many high-rated PMI-approved institutes in the market offer quality training to help you crack the PMP exam. However, you can crack your PMP exam without enrolling in these courses. The only difference is that these courses remove all the clutter you’ll have to go through in the preparation and considerably help you minimize the preparation time.
Here are a few reasons why you should enroll in a PMI certified PMP Course:
- First, it will allow you to get tailor-made study materials essential for exam preparation.
- It will help you get hands-on experience by working on different projects and familiarizing you with various project management concepts, formulae, terminology, and other key inputs.
- And most importantly, completing these courses will get you the 35 contact hours certificate, which is super duper important for you to be eligible for the PMP exam.
Come up with a study plan and Start Self-Studying.
No matter which institute you enroll in or what study materials you have in your arsenal, it is all for naught unless you dedicatedly study.
I always tell the aspirants that you become a project manager when deciding to go for the PMP exam. But why so? Like a typical project, you will have to make plans (study plans) and define processes (going through the study material and eliminating unneeded stuff). So treat your exam preparation as a project and plan everything necessary to crack the exam.
Most importantly, develop a study that aligns with your capabilities and break up your study sessions into smaller parts.
Practice Hundreds of Mock Tests
Mock exams are possibly the best way to judge yourself and see where you stand. Mock tests help you find your weak and strong points and understand where you need to work the most.
The PMP exam is a 4-hour exam that tests your PMP knowledge and mental sturdiness because sitting in front of a computer for 4 hours straight is not easy. And mock exams will also prepare for this hours-long punishment 🙂 Anyways, if you are serious about cracking your PMP exam, give as many mock exams as possible.
Remember that PMP certification is a must if you want to do well in the profession of project management, and believe me, this certification is your ticket to a hefty salary and a senior position(if you play the game well). I am sure that the points mentioned above will make your journey smooth and help you crack the PMP exam on the first attempt.
And before wrapping up, let me tell you that the PMP exam is not simple; almost 3 out of 5 people fail every year. So start your preparation right away.
Senior Data Scientist and Alumnus of IIM- C (Indian Institute of Management – Kolkata) has over 25 years of professional experience specializing in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning.
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