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What advice would you offer to someone who is studying for the PMP exam?
In an age where information is at the tip of one's finger, credible information can be hard to come by. As experienced project managers and professionals, what is the best advice you would give to someone studying for the PMP exam?
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Jul 06, 2019 7:52 AM
Replying to Vijayananda Mohire
For those working towards PMP exam along with 35 contact hours, below two links add value to your study. There are 700+ questions and Udemy certificate as proof of training (for under $10), offered by certified trainer. I am not aware if these are verified by PMI.

Please download official PMP books (being a member is great) and make personal notes as you progress along as you move forward either from Q&A track or from the PMBoK or based on exam syllabus. Always follow the guidelines, ethics and rules. Being a new member here, I am also trying to get along with the forum. Good Luck !
Thank you for the links will review even if I pursue the training for practice.
Jul 06, 2019 8:20 AM
Replying to Harish Ranganatha
Attending the scenario based practice questions in an OPEN book mode help you gain the PMBOK perspective of the scenario, what processes are involved and help gain on tools and techniques.

You can also develop mind map on the concepts. That is 10 times more effective than just reading.
Mind Mapping great idea. Thank you.
Jul 06, 2019 8:22 AM
Replying to Christopher First
I studied the PMBOK while I took the required courses (which I paid for 1 year of access to when it was on sale). I then also used free question generators online and took a lot of practice tests - make sure they are setup for the latest version of the PMBOK.
Then when I took the actual test, I used all 3 hours. I went through the test twice, double checking myself. Don't rush through the test.
Thank you! Appreciate the advice. Take my time.
Jul 06, 2019 10:21 AM
Sherna handle the preparation for PMP exam as a project. I personally did this preparation in two months time, three weeks of evening classes 6.00 to 9.00 pm by Tenstep and 1 month and 1 week of self study. As part of planning I identified the constraints that I had to manage and pay critical attention to for me to succeed.

I read the PMBOK examinable material thoroughly well. In addition I bought and read the PMI exam preparation book. You can as well pay for the online access to the project management academy student exam simulator.

Finally practice by taking the several mock exams and remember to time yourself.

Good luck
Thank you for your response. Mock exams and timing myself. Will look into the simulator.
Jul 07, 2019 4:52 PM
Replying to James Shields
Before doing prep-work, I would plan it out on a calendar as prep-time is involved (or was for me … and I passed on the first sitting). Assuming you have a full-time job or other things that command your attention, you need to set aside time and commit to it.

As far as the prep-content, I did the following:
1. Read through Rita Mulcahy's book (including the Q&A and quizzes) - 2 times.
2. PMBOK - 1 time. This is a very dry read; at times it really tested my ability to concentrate!
3. Took a course to fulfill PMI's requirement for 35 PDUs.
4. Took 3 mock-exams (200 questions/4 hours each).

As I look back, Rita's book and the 3 mock-exams were key. The information from the book set the foundation for the mock exams. Taking the mock exam more than once helped me gauge my time more effectively and increased my attention in what to pay attention to when answering a question.

I did briefly look at flashcards, but found that to be a total waste of time.

Lastly, keep in mind that the exam -- currently based on PMBOK 6th edition -- is going to change. I believe the 7th edition is due out at the end of 2019. Not sure when the exam would be updated, but it wouldn't be far from when the new edition is released. (Another reason why you need to plan out your activities on a calendar!)

Good luck!
Thank you, James, for this insight. I realize Rita Mulcahy's name has come up a few times in responses. I will certainly look for her book and videos.
Read PMP exam outline on PMI website, read PMBOK not less than 3 times, read rita book for understanding, practice not less than 3000 questions from PMP websites and relax and good luck!!!!
Suggest after much of the studies and mock test, relax the brain a day before your real exam. i.e. dont take a mock test a day before your real exam. Just go through your notes.
Carve out space to study either in a group or away from distractions. You need to be able to concentrate on what you are trying to learn. That was key.

Also, ensure you go in confident. Remember, you know this, you got this :)
1st. Cast aside all your PM related experience. Focus on what the PMBOK or your guide teaches.

I had the Rita guide and the Head First PMP book which i refer to as the comic book - for easy digest when i am in no mood for serious studies.

2nd. Be consistent in your study plans. I did daily studies from 5 - 7am. At times, can do about 6 - 10 pages, at times i stuck at 4 pages and unable to carry on. It's ok , we are humans.

3rd. Give yourself an off day a week from studies. We may be at the age where loooong hours starting the books may not work anymore. Worse of all, if you kids come looking for you during study time.

4th. Take all the free PMP exam questions and closer to your exams, buy a full fledge exam simulator . Practice practice and more practice.

5th. If time permit, read the text once more. Do the mock exam questions again.

I passed on 1st attempt and this is the most challenging exams i had ever attempted. Best wishes to you.
With so many people taking the exam and failing it the first time, it's important to select the right resources, especially a course that will not only provide you with the required 35 hours of formal project management training, but that will also prepare you for the exam.

You'll also want to practice with a quality exam simulator. I recommend you select a quality PMP® exam prep course that includes an exam simulator with at least 1000 questions.

There's much more to it, but the course and exam simulator are key.

For more details see
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