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First thing that is critical success factor is reading and understanding all the certification related documentation mainly the content outline. Second, to understand that exam questions are situational questions created with base on the content outline. You do not need to study the PMBOK, you need to understand it. Third, PMBOK is not enough. You have to go for each theory/tool/method/practice cited on the PMBOK and know it.
No, it is not enough. You need take a deep swam in all tools it is mentioned in PMBok and also concepts like a Six Sigma, Maslow, etc.
Would suggest you review the multiple similar threads in the "Certification Central" discussion group but in short:
1. There are 30+ reference books which the volunteers who write exam items (questions) use to substantiate the questions/answers they have created. The PMBOK Guide is just one of those, and PMI does not publish the list of these references anywhere for the current exam. For the new exam (post-January 2, 2021), PMI has provided a list of 10 books, but that does not mean those are the only source of potential questions.
2. Assuming you meet the education and experience prerequisites you could certainly apply and pick an exam date. However, with COVID-19 impacts, near term dates are likely to be unavailable at exam centers. PMI is saying they may be providing an online exam option - we should know more about that in early-mid April. The only challenge (other than COVID-19) with picking an early date is you may underestimate how much studying you will need to do. I would recommend going with the current exam as there are many more resources available to help you study.
From my experience, the best advise I can give to you in terms of study plans and resources is the following: (Provided you are taking the current version of the exam)
- PMBOK 6th Edition + Exam Content Outline
- Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam 9th
Courses and Simulation Exams:
- RMC Solutions (Simulation Exams)
- PM PrepCast (Simulation Exams)
- Udemy (Joseph Philips Course)
The new exam has nothing to do with the PMBOK edition, it has more to do with the nature and structure of the exam so you have to study from PMBOK 6th Edition.
Hope this helps - Good Luck !
I used Joseph Phillip's PMP Exam Prep course through Safari Online initially. This didn't provide the exam or certificate, so I signed up for the same class on Instructing.com. This was a pretty good price - only $10 a month for as long as you need it. I went through the course the second time, and did all the quizzes and activities. I took notes along the way.
Once I had the required education covered, I focused on deep diving into the material. I used the latest edition of the Head First PMP book because it was recommended by a PM at work. I found the book to be really helpful, and I highly recommend it. I enjoyed it so much that I purchased the Head First Agile book to study for the PMI-ACP exam.
Head First PMP breaks down some of the dry PMBOK material and makes it easy to digest all the detailed information required to pass the exam. I went through the book and took notes along the way. I completed all the activities except for the question creating activities, and I took all the quizzes and the sample exam.
I then looked around for resources to help memorize the knowledge areas and processes. Finding a good mnemonic device is really useful for recalling and listing the processes.
I went back to the Joseph Phillips exam and took improved my score. Ultimately though I focused more on the Head First exam because it focused more on situational questions. The other exam was more fact-based and I didn't feel it helped accurately assess my readiness for the certification exam.
Ultimately your experience with Project Management will help, and the value of each tool will depend on your learning style. Depending on when you take the exam, you may need to find updated material from the sources I mentioned or others mentioned earlier.
This is a challenging exam, but it's doable. Good luck.
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