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How to study for CAPM?
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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?

Thank you very much in advance!
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Hello Anna.

There are already many discussions on tips and suggestions for CAPM certification. I suggest you use the Advanced Search to find discussions around CAPM.

By and large the CAPM is about ensuring that project team members can communicate and work together on a project with a common understanding and nomenclature.
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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.
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Hi Anna,

since we are not allowed to post external links in the discussion board I will send you some great resources regarding your request via private message.

Hope they are a bit helpful. Please do not hesitate to ask any further questions that may occur.

Regards,

Markus
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2 replies by Anna Grover and Ashley Giustizia
May 16, 2019 9:12 AM
Anna Grover
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Hi Markus, thank you so much! The project management basics course from PMI is very high level and seems to be focused on just memorizing the processes.
Jun 05, 2019 2:18 PM
Ashley Giustizia
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Can you please share those resources with me as well? Thanks in advance!
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May 16, 2019 2:21 AM
Replying to Markus Kopko, PMP
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Hi Anna,

since we are not allowed to post external links in the discussion board I will send you some great resources regarding your request via private message.

Hope they are a bit helpful. Please do not hesitate to ask any further questions that may occur.

Regards,

Markus
Hi Markus, thank you so much! The project management basics course from PMI is very high level and seems to be focused on just memorizing the processes.
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Hi Anna,

I am in the same boat as you. I am preparing for my CAPM certification. Any insights you could share on preparing for this certification would be of great help to me.

Best,
Harshini
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May 16, 2019 2:21 AM
Replying to Markus Kopko, PMP
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Hi Anna,

since we are not allowed to post external links in the discussion board I will send you some great resources regarding your request via private message.

Hope they are a bit helpful. Please do not hesitate to ask any further questions that may occur.

Regards,

Markus
Can you please share those resources with me as well? Thanks in advance!
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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!

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