Hi, I recently signed up for CAPM. I don't have a background in PM and I signed up because I thought it would help me manage the large projects I end up managing as part of my day job. I'm taking the PMI course but it's very superficial in its detail and appears to require the student to memorize the PMBOK guide. Could you please share any tips on how you prepared for the exam?
I have taken both the CAPM and PMP exam, but it has been a few years since I took the CAPM exam.
I believe I focused a lot on definitions of terms versus trying to put the PMBOK into real life scenarios. I did most of my studying with flash cards, knowing which processes belonged to which process group and knowledge area. I did not study the ITTOs very well but I got lucky and didn't have many questions related to those. Saving Changes...
Here are some tips-
In PMBOK 6 p. 556-Table 1.1 Memorize it. Get used to writing it down. When you start the CAPM you'll have a 10 minute tutorial so you'll have plenty of time to write it down on the scratch piece of paper you'll be given. DON'T SKIP THE TUTORIAL.
PMBOK 6. Start with the Standard of Project Management p. 541. This will give you a great overview of project management and the knowledge areas. Cross reference that section with the respective chapters for more detail. For example for the Initiating Process Group p 563 it has identify stakeholders so you'll refer to chapter 13 for more info about that.
Understand and study chapter 7 Project Cost Management. Refer to Table 7.1 on p267. Know how to calculate your EVM. Know what three point estimating is and the formulas for that. The new exam may or may not ask for it but be prepared. Also, learn how to calculate Earned Schedule-ES.
Chapter 8-Project Quality Management and chapter 13 Stakeholder Management are good areas to become very familiar with.
I tested off of the PMBOK 5 so I'm not sure if you should know how to calculate the forward and backward pass for Project Management Schedule but it wouldn't hurt to become familiar with that. This is one area I hope is automated and soon.
That's all the tips I have for now. Good luck! Saving Changes...