PMBOK is a good start. I strongly recommend the leadership chapter first. Ethics are important both to understand and for the exam. Also, try to understand logically, the reason behind the processes than just mugging them up. It helped me in clearing in first attemp. Saving Changes...
I used a lot of mnemonic devices to memorize all of the Knowledge Areas and components within each Process Group. The trick is to pick a topic that you're familiar with or enjoy and make all your mnemonic devices based on those. It's a little silly, but I used Harry Potter as the theme for my memorization and it worked really well. Knowing all of these in order is critical for passing the exam.
I also took Page 25 of the PMBOK 6th Edition and blanked out all the text for Knowledge Areas, Process Groups, and components within each process group and printed about 20 copies and every day filled it out until I could complete the whole page in less than 5 minutes. That'll help you for when you do your "cheat sheet" on your scratch paper during the first few minutes of your test.
2 replies by André Cassule and Melissa Sabile
Feb 12, 2019 5:45 AM
Thank you for your comment Melissa.
Feb 12, 2019 12:48 PM
Of course! Good luck on your test prep and taking the exam!
One last note, I read a lot of the other responses and I have to say that I also took a LOT of practice tests (around 15 total 50 question tests) and 4 mock exams (timed 200 question test) to really feel confident. That being said, the format of the real PMP exam was very different from the format of the practices tests and mock exams (from two separate websites). But really knowing the material is what helped me pass the first time around. Just be confident and take the time to study and you'll do great.
Depending on the best method in which you learn, there are a lot of sites out there willing to take your money to give you study materials, but in my experience I have helped many others train for the exam without them having to fork out the money asked for on those sites. Repetition is key, as with anything else. Reinforce the areas you are strong in and build in the areas of weakness. As you get to the point where you have more strong suits versus weak, your confidence will grow when you remember that out of the 250 questions there are only so many questions in each area. Its a numbers game...
Although I do like what Melissa said prior to my post about her method based on Mnemonic devices. I never thought of it before like that but think it is an awesome way to build on those areas needing attention. Definitely like the use of page 25 of PMBOK as a ditto or worksheet. This is a great approach. Good luck and I am here if you need to chat on any of the subjects in general.
I will offer an approach that worked for me when I passed the Exam based on the PMBOK 4th edition. I didn't memorize much and certainly didn't memorize the process areas. I had an understanding of the areas and how they worked together. For that reason, my lack of memorization didn't seem like a disadvantage.
I used a PMP prep book (Rita Mulcahy's) to study and targetted one chapter per day. I also answered lots of sample tests/questions. The sample questions put me in the correct mindset for understanding how to beat the exam. You need to think like the PMBOK which focused more on ideal situations rather than real-world scenarios. I did this all in a two week period to immerse myself in the exam preparation and get it over with. Saving Changes...
Andre, There are multiple ways of effective study method, but its totally up to you. I agree with all the fellow members.I first referred Rita, then Head First and once I was through over understanding then I moved towards PMBOK. Key things to note understanding process and knowledge areas, clearity over ITTO and most important Integration. Once you are done with study then only go over test exams, Test exam helps a lot and I have also found PM challenges question on projectmanagament.com website also has good 1000 Question.
No person benefits the same from the same study methods. You could, for instance, learn the PMBOK and recite it like a parrot while I cannot remember the first sentence. You need to determine what type of learner you are before you just follow advice. I prefer a more organized approach and draw mind maps to summarize different areas. I have extreme difficulty following along in a book. If you do not understand how you function you could end up wasting time and money. Having said that, a good way to test your knowledge is to get some mock exams, there are plenty of free and paid out there. I would go for a paid one since they are generally more up to date.
Readh PMP exam outline carefully, read PMBOK cover to cover not lesst than two times, read Rita book for understanding. Then solve PMSTUDY, PMPRECAST and Udemy applications!!! You must solve not less than 3000 questions and make sure your score not less than 85%.