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Passing the PMP Certification Exam – PMP Exam Prep

As you tell by the countless websites guaranteeing success on the PMP exam on the first try, passing the exam is on the mind of many exam candidates. And, as a trainer at PM Workshops (www.pm-workshops.com,) “what do I need to do to pass the exam?” is the most common question. People are mostly asking for the score they need on the exam, which is actually unknown. The Project Management Institute (www. PMI, org) has never published a grade or percentage required to pass the exam. Therefore, there is a lot of conjecture, hearsay, and theorizing. Some training providers claim that all you need to pass the exam is to answer 60-65% of the questions correctly, although they have no proof. For me, 60-65% is too low and not very beneficial in the long run. In other words, if your level of confidence in knowing the PMP material is in the low 60s, then it means that you are not actually well versed in what you have learned.

Passing the PMP Certification Exam

Passing the PMP Certification Exam

I prefer to tell my students and clients to achieve scores around 80% in the sample exams. Not only is this score a safer bet to become certified, but, more importantly, it demonstrates to you personally that you know the material, as well as how to apply it appropriately. 80% and above is a good score that shows you are well-versed in project management processes and techniques, which you can start using immediately at work. And that is the most important goal to achieve. If you know how to utilize the methodology you learn from preparing for the PMP; it will make you a more effective and efficient manager; plus, you will pass the exam without a problem by extension.

For more specifics, when preparing to take and pass the exam, the key is to learn the study material by applying it as much as possible. In other words, don’t just learn the definition and terms associated with a process or standard; for example, don’t just learn what “scope creep” is, but rather, what it looks like in your industry/profession, as well as how it occurs and the ways you can combat it.

Passing the PMP Certification Exam - PMP Exam Prep

Passing the PMP Certification Exam – PMP Exam Prep

For those of you who may not yet be familiar with this term, “scope creep” is unauthorized work is done, which means that work-related tasks have been performed, which are not included in the contract. The vendor might perform this work in good faith because s/he thought it would be better for the project overall, but the client may not be happy that their project’s cost has increased without prior notice. This is, of course, understandable, but it only complicates the issue. And these are the types of questions that you will encounter on the exam. However, since you have no way of knowing how the situation will be presented, understanding the term “scope creep” by being able to relate it to your experience and applying the PMI methodology will facilitate finding the right answer. Furthermore, it will provide you with an extra tool you can apply next time you try to avoid and/or mitigate unauthorized work.

Passing the PMP Certification Exam – PMP Exam Prep

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