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15 Steps to Passing PMP
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This is the short version of the process I went through step-by-step to pass the exam, for people who hate reading through pages and pages of instructions.
Almost all PMP questions are scenario based. Knowing the PMBOK by heart will not make you pass the exam. The key to passing the exam is practice. You can study the processes and theories all you want but that alone will not help you pass the exam. My approach was to do as many mock questions as possible. I passed PMP in one go and got above average on all process groups. This was my approach:

1. PM education workshop (required for exam application).
2. Find questions from each knowledge area (at least 50 questions from each) and give open-book answers. but make sure to highlight the references on PMBOK (better to have a printed copy).
3. Review the questions and answers.
4. Attempt your first Mock exam. Time this attempt properly and do it with the books closed. Don't worry about the score for now. But make sure this is a full 200 question test, timed through 4 hours. Sites like Udemy, provide full length mock exams that are timed.
5. Once you are done with your first mock, start reviewing each question. Even if you got it right or not, go through each question. Highlight references on PMBOK for each and every question.
6. Once done, take your second mock the same way. Closed-book and timed. Review each question like the first time. Highlight references.
7. Read through all the highlighted references on the PMBOK.
8. It’s time to take the third mock. This time, you should be worried about what you will be scoring. Target is to achieve 70%. Once again, go through each question and highlight references on the PMBOK.
9. If you scored more than 70%, It’s time to set the date for the exam. If not, try more questions from knowledge areas and re-take the 3rd mock. Once exam date is set, keep on reading through the highlighted references. Identify the areas which seem to be generating the most number of questions, and give more focus to those areas of the PMBOK.
10. With about two weeks to go for the exam, attempt the 4th mock. Follow the same process. This time, the target should be 80%.
11. One week before the exam, start reading through all the highlighted references on the PMBOK.
12. Re-do step 11.
13. With about 2 days to go for the exam, plan how you would celebrate passing the exam.
14. Exam eve, get a good night’s sleep.
15. Take the exam, and pass!
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good advise
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This is very useful. am writing both CAPM and PMP in the month of March. i hope to share a positive feedback after the exam.
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2 replies by Lesith Dissanayaka and Markus Kopko, PMP
Feb 13, 2019 8:39 AM
Lesith Dissanayaka
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Good luck with the exams :)
Feb 13, 2019 9:28 AM
Markus Kopko, PMP
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Hmmm, why doing both at the same time?

If you are already eligible for taking the PMp Exam, there is no need to do the CAPM Exam also?

Just curios ...
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Thank you for sharing your experience. It would help those would like to write the exam.
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Feb 13, 2019 7:54 AM
Replying to Ajifowoke Olakunle
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This is very useful. am writing both CAPM and PMP in the month of March. i hope to share a positive feedback after the exam.
Good luck with the exams :)
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Feb 13, 2019 7:54 AM
Replying to Ajifowoke Olakunle
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This is very useful. am writing both CAPM and PMP in the month of March. i hope to share a positive feedback after the exam.
Hmmm, why doing both at the same time?

If you are already eligible for taking the PMp Exam, there is no need to do the CAPM Exam also?

Just curios ...
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I really enjoyed your article. I followed a similar process 15 years ago to success! Thanks to a great test simulation software and audible flash cards.

Your article is relevant as I have a young team lead taking the PMI training this week to be able to take the exam. He will find your article very helpful. Good job!
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1 reply by Aurelio Vega
Feb 13, 2019 5:21 PM
Aurelio Vega
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John,

which exam simulator and flash cards do you recommend for the PMP?

I would like to take the exam in June of this year and I want to make sure I pass on the first try.
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Lesith, this is very valuable.
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OR... simply book the date and start preparing.
I haven't opened PMBOK at all. Spent 12 days on PM Prep Cast, Video course from Udemy and going through ITTOs. Passed 1st time.

Good luck to those who are preparing for the exam!
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@markus, there’s no particular reason for this, I had registered for CAPM since 2018 only for me to change my mind this year to sit for PMP and I applied. Don’t want to cancel the CAPM.
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Thanks for the 15 step to passing approach. I have recently been approved to take the PMP certification exam as I have met the education and PDU requirements. I have yet to schedule for the exam because it is time for me to study and prep for the exam.
I only have the PBOK guide and I think reading the full text is not the solution to my circumstances.

I could use some advice on the exam prep simulators; flash cards??

Udemy??

Please advise further?
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3 replies by Aurelio Vega, KEYULKUMAR DAVE, and Lesith Dissanayaka
Feb 13, 2019 7:18 PM
KEYULKUMAR DAVE
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I think other than PMBOK guide you can clear the view by Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam prep. This is really helpful in identifying gaps in knowledge.
Feb 13, 2019 10:34 PM
Lesith Dissanayaka
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Udemy is a good platform. Their exam simulator is quite good as well. I found this course to be extremely helpful. Specially the 2 full length mock exams.

https://www.udemy.com/share/1001BQBUIZdlpTRXg=/
Feb 15, 2019 1:25 AM
Aurelio Vega
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All, thanks for your response. I will look into these resources and offer feedback.

I am sure there are others curious to know the best approach for studying for the exam.
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