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What is PMP Exam brain dump and What do you include in it?
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One of the most common questions asked by students, a very useful tactic is the Brain Dump, agree on this?
But not handling well or fail to prepare for the brain dump could cause us stress, even before the test begins.

Give us your input on the questions they posts:
• What is PMP Exam brain dump?
• What formulas do I include in it? What's the typical content?
• How much content to I include? How many pages?
• What If I don't want to use a brain dump?
• How to prepare? Do I need to practice?
• Can I take a pre-prepared Dump with me?
• How much time to I have to fill out the Brain Dump prior to the test?
• Do I just print out some brain dump from I site and memorize that dump?

What we are looking for with this post are just recommendations, we know that "it depends" on each one, but giving a useful advise won't hurt anyone.
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I can't remember exactly how long they give you for the tutorial before the exam but you will have extra time to do the brain dump. I believe you get about 5 blank pages for formulas. My brain dump was 1 page. You can't bring anything with you to the exam and they search you and supply the calculator. Yes practice!
Earned Value Management BAC, PV, EV, CPI, SPI etc... Your brain is so fried during the exam having those equation written down prior is essential.
Take the PMTI bootcamp if your company will sponsor it.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Jun 15, 2016 12:05 PM
George Lewis
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Jenny Thanks...
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Jun 15, 2016 9:18 AM
Replying to Jenny Gooch
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I can't remember exactly how long they give you for the tutorial before the exam but you will have extra time to do the brain dump. I believe you get about 5 blank pages for formulas. My brain dump was 1 page. You can't bring anything with you to the exam and they search you and supply the calculator. Yes practice!
Earned Value Management BAC, PV, EV, CPI, SPI etc... Your brain is so fried during the exam having those equation written down prior is essential.
Take the PMTI bootcamp if your company will sponsor it.
Jenny Thanks...
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I think I had up to 15 minutes for the brain dump, and was handed 5 sheets of blank paper, and more was available upon request. I did not use the full 15 minutes and was able to start the exam once I signaled I was ready. The brain dump was recommended by our instructor, and I am glad that I followed his advice. No matter how prepared you are, the exam is stressful. I "dumped" all the formulas even though I had them memorized. It was far easier to look at the formulas all listed once the questions started than it would have been to think up the formulas when getting to the actual questions.
And, as Jenny said, no taking any prepared materials into the exam.
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2 replies by Andrew Craig and George Lewis
Jun 16, 2016 8:51 AM
George Lewis
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Madeline - thanks for you input...
Jun 18, 2016 6:45 AM
Andrew Craig
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Yes, more paper is available, but you must return your used sheets. Not ideal, as you may refer to a past question's notes and of course you lose your dump.
You are given a stapled booklet of 3 sheets (6 pages front/back). You are not allowed to seperate the pages.
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Hi George, You can look at an the following article from Cornelius Fichtner. It explains everything about braindump.

The secret of creating PMP braindump - http://goo.gl/aYq13e
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2 replies by George Lewis and Satish Seetharam
Jun 16, 2016 9:00 AM
George Lewis
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Malik - let me read it and get back to you...

thanks for sharing...
Jun 22, 2016 3:53 AM
Satish Seetharam
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Hi Malik, Thanks for sharing this link will go through it & get back to you if i need more details.
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Hey Guys,

i want to throw in a may be somekind controvers opinion.

From my perspective a well prepared PMP aspirant does not need a brain dump.
I havn't used it and it worked for me.
Please do not get me wrong; of course it could be a help to write down lets say the most important formulas you may need like the EVM ones for instance. I have done this to, cause it makes the calculations you came possibly across much faster and easier.
But that's it from my perspective.
Why?
Well, my opinion is, if you have learned all those things you want to write down very well (and you have to learn them well, if you want to write them down! ;) ) ... well, than those things are still in your mind. In a way that you can pick them whenever you need it.
And if those things in your mind like that, well, than you do not need such a brain dump i guess.
I hope i could make my point clear (my english is not the best, sorry for that).

But having said this, of course, if you personaly feel more confident if you have a brain dump, than create one. And than is the link from Praveen really helpful.

Regards,

Markus

PS: And yes, the tutorial (How to use a computer and a mouse and so on!) is 15 Minutes long and you can use this time to write down your brain dump, espacially if you already do know how to work with a computer (what could be assumed, i guess).
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3 replies by George Lewis, Karen Wisne, and Maniraj Nagarajan
Jun 16, 2016 8:59 AM
George Lewis
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Markus, interesting...
Jun 16, 2016 10:32 AM
Karen Wisne
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I agree with Markus. I found that writing down the formulas was enough of a dump. The questions are not ITTO memorization, and are much more "what would you do next" type of questions. You just have to know good project management practice. Having the formula's handy helps a tired brain not second guess everything or make backwards mistakes.
May 06, 2017 5:22 AM
Maniraj Nagarajan
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I totally agree with you Markus, but again brain dump can serve as a practice guide and repository which one can use to enhance his skills and knowledge. though i am not a brain dump guy i found it useful when found as it gave a different perspective and also enhanced my thought process.
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Jun 15, 2016 1:23 PM
Replying to Madeline Harris
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I think I had up to 15 minutes for the brain dump, and was handed 5 sheets of blank paper, and more was available upon request. I did not use the full 15 minutes and was able to start the exam once I signaled I was ready. The brain dump was recommended by our instructor, and I am glad that I followed his advice. No matter how prepared you are, the exam is stressful. I "dumped" all the formulas even though I had them memorized. It was far easier to look at the formulas all listed once the questions started than it would have been to think up the formulas when getting to the actual questions.
And, as Jenny said, no taking any prepared materials into the exam.
Madeline - thanks for you input...
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Jun 16, 2016 3:15 AM
Replying to Markus Klein, PMP
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Hey Guys,

i want to throw in a may be somekind controvers opinion.

From my perspective a well prepared PMP aspirant does not need a brain dump.
I havn't used it and it worked for me.
Please do not get me wrong; of course it could be a help to write down lets say the most important formulas you may need like the EVM ones for instance. I have done this to, cause it makes the calculations you came possibly across much faster and easier.
But that's it from my perspective.
Why?
Well, my opinion is, if you have learned all those things you want to write down very well (and you have to learn them well, if you want to write them down! ;) ) ... well, than those things are still in your mind. In a way that you can pick them whenever you need it.
And if those things in your mind like that, well, than you do not need such a brain dump i guess.
I hope i could make my point clear (my english is not the best, sorry for that).

But having said this, of course, if you personaly feel more confident if you have a brain dump, than create one. And than is the link from Praveen really helpful.

Regards,

Markus

PS: And yes, the tutorial (How to use a computer and a mouse and so on!) is 15 Minutes long and you can use this time to write down your brain dump, espacially if you already do know how to work with a computer (what could be assumed, i guess).
Markus, interesting...
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Jun 15, 2016 3:44 PM
Replying to Praveen Malik
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Hi George, You can look at an the following article from Cornelius Fichtner. It explains everything about braindump.

The secret of creating PMP braindump - http://goo.gl/aYq13e
Malik - let me read it and get back to you...

thanks for sharing...
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Hey guys,for those taken the exams already how do you know the failed questions so that you do not repeat the same mistakes again.I believe the way this exams is administered is not proper.
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2 replies by George Lewis and Karen Wisne
Jun 16, 2016 10:37 AM
Karen Wisne
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I don't think you know the exact failed questions, just the general area (Initiating, Executing, etc.)
Jun 16, 2016 4:30 PM
George Lewis
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Janepher - That's they way it is, no one likes it but... :)
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Jun 16, 2016 3:15 AM
Replying to Markus Klein, PMP
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Hey Guys,

i want to throw in a may be somekind controvers opinion.

From my perspective a well prepared PMP aspirant does not need a brain dump.
I havn't used it and it worked for me.
Please do not get me wrong; of course it could be a help to write down lets say the most important formulas you may need like the EVM ones for instance. I have done this to, cause it makes the calculations you came possibly across much faster and easier.
But that's it from my perspective.
Why?
Well, my opinion is, if you have learned all those things you want to write down very well (and you have to learn them well, if you want to write them down! ;) ) ... well, than those things are still in your mind. In a way that you can pick them whenever you need it.
And if those things in your mind like that, well, than you do not need such a brain dump i guess.
I hope i could make my point clear (my english is not the best, sorry for that).

But having said this, of course, if you personaly feel more confident if you have a brain dump, than create one. And than is the link from Praveen really helpful.

Regards,

Markus

PS: And yes, the tutorial (How to use a computer and a mouse and so on!) is 15 Minutes long and you can use this time to write down your brain dump, espacially if you already do know how to work with a computer (what could be assumed, i guess).
I agree with Markus. I found that writing down the formulas was enough of a dump. The questions are not ITTO memorization, and are much more "what would you do next" type of questions. You just have to know good project management practice. Having the formula's handy helps a tired brain not second guess everything or make backwards mistakes.
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