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I'm preparing to take the PM Certification. Does anyone have any pointers for the exam? I'm praying to pass on my first go.
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There are many other discussions on this site around preparation for exams. By PM do you mean PMP? If so, type "PMP certification" in the search box. (You can also click on Advanced Search to set the filter on only discussion items.)

All the best in your preparation.
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2 replies by Shericka Blair and Stanley Oranika
Jun 12, 2019 12:59 PM
Stanley Oranika
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Hi Shericka,

I guess you mean the PMP certification. One pointer is to read the PMBOK guide from cover to cover, at least twice, and then try as many mock exams till you start scoring above 80%. By this time, you understand the PM lexicons, and process flows. With these, you are likely to nail the exam on the first try.

Good Luck.
Jun 12, 2019 1:11 PM
Shericka Blair
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Thank you.
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Jun 12, 2019 12:35 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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There are many other discussions on this site around preparation for exams. By PM do you mean PMP? If so, type "PMP certification" in the search box. (You can also click on Advanced Search to set the filter on only discussion items.)

All the best in your preparation.
Hi Shericka,

I guess you mean the PMP certification. One pointer is to read the PMBOK guide from cover to cover, at least twice, and then try as many mock exams till you start scoring above 80%. By this time, you understand the PM lexicons, and process flows. With these, you are likely to nail the exam on the first try.

Good Luck.
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1 reply by Markus Kopko, PMP
Jun 12, 2019 5:05 PM
Markus Kopko, PMP
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Hi Stanley,

I am sorry, but with all my respect I have to disagree here. Reading the PMBoK Guide from cover to cover is just a waste of time. And do it twice or even more often is just ... oh my god ...

Do not get me wrong please, you do need the PMBoK Guide for PMP Exam preparation, it is one of the must-have prep tools for sure. But reading it does not help. You can't even read it like a novel from cover to cover. At least that would be boring you to death.
Maybe you can read the first three chapters. But when it comes to the KA's and the processes just reading is ridicules.

What you need is the PMBoK Guide in companion with at least one - better two - good PMP Exam prep books and then STUDY them both. And therefore, you should define a study routine that fits your learning preferences best.

Here comes an example that has worked well for me:

Step 1: Just read the chapter in PMBoK Guide
Step 2: Now STUDY the corresponding chapter in your prep book(s)
Step 3: NOW STUDY the same chapter in PMBoK Guide AND try to understand the content and how the processes work, for instance.
Step 4: After all of that, do the provided sample questions in your prep book(s) to see if you have understood the stuff. If you have less than 70% right, do the steps 2 - 4 again or try to figure out where your weak areas are and do those chapters again.

That is how my strategy works in a rough, and it is good for me. Another people here rude for the strategy to read the PMBoK Guide at least three times straight through.
From my point of view, this doesn't work well.
But everyone has to find his strategy, I guess ...
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Jun 12, 2019 12:35 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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There are many other discussions on this site around preparation for exams. By PM do you mean PMP? If so, type "PMP certification" in the search box. (You can also click on Advanced Search to set the filter on only discussion items.)

All the best in your preparation.
Thank you.
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I like Stanley's advice. I mapped the entire PMBOK to make sure I understood how it was all connected, and that helped me a great deal. It was a long exercise, but worth it.

Also, normal exam advice applies: get plenty of rest, eat a good breakfast, etc. The PMP is designed to make you think. You won't just need to find the right answer, you'll need to find the "most correct" answer. So information regurgitation isn't nearly as important as clear, rational thinking.
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The PMP Certification exam is like no other exams I've been taking.
Study hard and make sure you understand the concepts and their applicability and as well, as Stanley mentioned, take as many mock exams you can. Those will help you experience scenario based questions and make you think about how the processes, tools, techniques, etc are being applied and inter-corelate.
Also, great tips both Stanley and Wade.
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Agree with everything said but would also sign up for some online classes as well. I went with Villanova University online but there other good ones as well.
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Hello Shericka,

I will send you a bunch of tips and guidance via private message. Why? Cause that content contains a lot of links to other websites and we are not allowed to post external links here at the discussion board.

Those tips I will send you contains step-for -step guidance on how you should start and proceed your PMP Exam preparation based on the experience of hundreds and thousands of already PMP exam takers and now credential holders.

Anyone who also wants to receive that information can contact me via private message directly.

Some of you may ask themselves - or me - why I do not post that information and guidance right here.

Well, it is just too much information to pack it in one posting. Ask a specific question, and I will post the answer - if I can - right here. But that request is so general that I just can't.

regards,

Markus
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Jun 12, 2019 12:59 PM
Replying to Stanley Oranika
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Hi Shericka,

I guess you mean the PMP certification. One pointer is to read the PMBOK guide from cover to cover, at least twice, and then try as many mock exams till you start scoring above 80%. By this time, you understand the PM lexicons, and process flows. With these, you are likely to nail the exam on the first try.

Good Luck.
Hi Stanley,

I am sorry, but with all my respect I have to disagree here. Reading the PMBoK Guide from cover to cover is just a waste of time. And do it twice or even more often is just ... oh my god ...

Do not get me wrong please, you do need the PMBoK Guide for PMP Exam preparation, it is one of the must-have prep tools for sure. But reading it does not help. You can't even read it like a novel from cover to cover. At least that would be boring you to death.
Maybe you can read the first three chapters. But when it comes to the KA's and the processes just reading is ridicules.

What you need is the PMBoK Guide in companion with at least one - better two - good PMP Exam prep books and then STUDY them both. And therefore, you should define a study routine that fits your learning preferences best.

Here comes an example that has worked well for me:

Step 1: Just read the chapter in PMBoK Guide
Step 2: Now STUDY the corresponding chapter in your prep book(s)
Step 3: NOW STUDY the same chapter in PMBoK Guide AND try to understand the content and how the processes work, for instance.
Step 4: After all of that, do the provided sample questions in your prep book(s) to see if you have understood the stuff. If you have less than 70% right, do the steps 2 - 4 again or try to figure out where your weak areas are and do those chapters again.

That is how my strategy works in a rough, and it is good for me. Another people here rude for the strategy to read the PMBoK Guide at least three times straight through.
From my point of view, this doesn't work well.
But everyone has to find his strategy, I guess ...
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1 reply by Martin Premont
Jun 12, 2019 5:50 PM
Martin Premont
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I totally agree. Would you read a dictionary?

I cleared my CAPM last week.

My approach was the following.

I call it the Triangular Study MethodologyTM (joke)

1) Chose online courses of your choice and watch on your computer
2) PMBOK Guide in front of you and follow along the material from the online video course you have selected
3) On right hand side (or your writing hand) notebook for taking notes

For myself I've never and not even once looked at my notes to study. Writing was more of a scanning of information type of activity and made me visualized what I was learning.

PMBOK is great to follow along as it actually gives you the actual terms used by PMI but reading cover to cover is next to impossible. You will find a pattern in the PMBOK that repeats itself all along. Description, Key benefits, Agile etc...
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Jun 12, 2019 5:05 PM
Replying to Markus Kopko, PMP
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Hi Stanley,

I am sorry, but with all my respect I have to disagree here. Reading the PMBoK Guide from cover to cover is just a waste of time. And do it twice or even more often is just ... oh my god ...

Do not get me wrong please, you do need the PMBoK Guide for PMP Exam preparation, it is one of the must-have prep tools for sure. But reading it does not help. You can't even read it like a novel from cover to cover. At least that would be boring you to death.
Maybe you can read the first three chapters. But when it comes to the KA's and the processes just reading is ridicules.

What you need is the PMBoK Guide in companion with at least one - better two - good PMP Exam prep books and then STUDY them both. And therefore, you should define a study routine that fits your learning preferences best.

Here comes an example that has worked well for me:

Step 1: Just read the chapter in PMBoK Guide
Step 2: Now STUDY the corresponding chapter in your prep book(s)
Step 3: NOW STUDY the same chapter in PMBoK Guide AND try to understand the content and how the processes work, for instance.
Step 4: After all of that, do the provided sample questions in your prep book(s) to see if you have understood the stuff. If you have less than 70% right, do the steps 2 - 4 again or try to figure out where your weak areas are and do those chapters again.

That is how my strategy works in a rough, and it is good for me. Another people here rude for the strategy to read the PMBoK Guide at least three times straight through.
From my point of view, this doesn't work well.
But everyone has to find his strategy, I guess ...
I totally agree. Would you read a dictionary?

I cleared my CAPM last week.

My approach was the following.

I call it the Triangular Study MethodologyTM (joke)

1) Chose online courses of your choice and watch on your computer
2) PMBOK Guide in front of you and follow along the material from the online video course you have selected
3) On right hand side (or your writing hand) notebook for taking notes

For myself I've never and not even once looked at my notes to study. Writing was more of a scanning of information type of activity and made me visualized what I was learning.

PMBOK is great to follow along as it actually gives you the actual terms used by PMI but reading cover to cover is next to impossible. You will find a pattern in the PMBOK that repeats itself all along. Description, Key benefits, Agile etc...
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I read the PMBOK, practised exam questions. Joseph Philips Udemy refresher course was also helpful.
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1 reply by Martin Premont
Jun 12, 2019 8:13 PM
Martin Premont
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I did the same. With lots of mock tests. Around 2000 questions to prep.
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