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How can I prepare for the PMP exam if I am planning for exam after 1 July 2020.

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Richard
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Not much help exists for now. If it starts to exist, it will be untested, I think incomplete. You probably have to look out for a PMI approved training provider, once they are known.

So if you can, go for the current exam.

If you want to prepare for the new exam with the current information, you should

1. read and analyze the new ECO

2. learn from current PMBoK, this knowledge still will cover 50% of questions.

3. social skills -
42% will pertain to leadership. I would focus on the leadership parts of PMBoK (role of the PM, stakeholder engagement, resource/team building) and the relevant parts in the agile practice guide that is bundled with PMBoK.

4. 8% of questions will look at strategy/business- I would understand the concepts of portfolio and program mgmt, benefit management and the business case.

5. consider the sources mentioned in the recommended readings.

6. about 50% of the questions across the other areas are relevant for the agile world. So read the agile practice guide and if you can the preparation materials for the ACP exam.

Just my personal opinion based on 20 years of PMP prep teaching and what I understood so far.
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1 reply by Babalola Coker
Feb 06, 2020 3:09 PM
Babalola Coker
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Nice response sir, I have a few colleagues who will be taking the exam this year. Not sure if it will be before or after the June date. In the new exam, do you think there will be more questions focusing on Agile? If so, what differentiates the new PMP Exam from the ACP Exam?
Feb 06, 2020 2:13 PM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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Not much help exists for now. If it starts to exist, it will be untested, I think incomplete. You probably have to look out for a PMI approved training provider, once they are known.

So if you can, go for the current exam.

If you want to prepare for the new exam with the current information, you should

1. read and analyze the new ECO

2. learn from current PMBoK, this knowledge still will cover 50% of questions.

3. social skills -
42% will pertain to leadership. I would focus on the leadership parts of PMBoK (role of the PM, stakeholder engagement, resource/team building) and the relevant parts in the agile practice guide that is bundled with PMBoK.

4. 8% of questions will look at strategy/business- I would understand the concepts of portfolio and program mgmt, benefit management and the business case.

5. consider the sources mentioned in the recommended readings.

6. about 50% of the questions across the other areas are relevant for the agile world. So read the agile practice guide and if you can the preparation materials for the ACP exam.

Just my personal opinion based on 20 years of PMP prep teaching and what I understood so far.
Nice response sir, I have a few colleagues who will be taking the exam this year. Not sure if it will be before or after the June date. In the new exam, do you think there will be more questions focusing on Agile? If so, what differentiates the new PMP Exam from the ACP Exam?
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1 reply by Thomas Walenta
Feb 06, 2020 3:43 PM
Thomas Walenta
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Still 50% will not be agile, ACP is 100%.
Also, the ECOs of PMP and ACP are different.
Feb 06, 2020 3:09 PM
Replying to Babalola Coker
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Nice response sir, I have a few colleagues who will be taking the exam this year. Not sure if it will be before or after the June date. In the new exam, do you think there will be more questions focusing on Agile? If so, what differentiates the new PMP Exam from the ACP Exam?
Still 50% will not be agile, ACP is 100%.
Also, the ECOs of PMP and ACP are different.
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1 reply by Babalola Coker
Feb 06, 2020 3:47 PM
Babalola Coker
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Oy, right on. Makes sense. I'll pass on the info. Thanks
Feb 06, 2020 3:43 PM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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Still 50% will not be agile, ACP is 100%.
Also, the ECOs of PMP and ACP are different.
Oy, right on. Makes sense. I'll pass on the info. Thanks
Great response by Thomas. When the exam changes, we shall see what resource providers like RMC Solutions and PM PrepCast will come up with.

If you are taking the exam before July 2020, here is what I advise:

Textbooks:
- PMBOK 6th Edition + ECO
- Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam 9th

Courses and Simulation Exams:
- RMC Solutions
- PM PrepCast
- PM Star
- Udemy (Joseph Philips)

Hope this helps.

RK
Thomas made some good points.

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