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Planning to give PMP exam this month. Help needed.
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Hi All,

I am planning to give my PMP exam around last weekend in Jan-2018. My company doesn't follow PMP practices. I am not getting proper confident on my theoretical knowledge. What should I do?
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Ms NT-
Everyone that tackles the PMP exam experiences the same feelings that you feel prior to the exam-so don't worry!
I found the Rita Mulcahey PMP Exam Prep book was a great preparation for the exam. If you study this book and follow the study instructions, and take the exams, and achieve 80% scores, I am convinced you will pass easily.

Good Luck! But you won't need it!

M
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1 reply by Nidhi Thakrar
Jan 10, 2018 3:31 AM
Nidhi Thakrar
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Thanks Mark. I was reading head first book. Now planning to read either PMBok or Rita.


Thanks & Regards,
Nidhi Thakrar
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Here is the whole guide to prepare for PMP in 30 Days

Because You are asking yourself right now, “Where do I start to guarantee I pass the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam in 30 days”? Be patient, stay calm, and continue to read this quick article to understand the steps of this process – how each step leads to the next. So remember – finish one step before starting the next to prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed. Preparing for the PMP exam will take daily dedication to studying and understanding the material.

Preparing for the PMP Exam takes time and while I do NOT advocate a fast approach, sometimes there are “legitimate” reasons that require you to sit for the exam within 30 days (or sooner). Perhaps your employer has established this deadline for contractual reasons, perhaps you have found a highly desirable open position you would like to apply to but need the PMP for highest qualification, or perhaps you signed up to take the exam nearly a year ago but then you procrastinated and now you only have 30 days left before your eligibility runs out.

What follows are key steps, processes, and resources that, along with your dedication, will allow you to prepare for and pass the PMP exam in 30 days (or less). Let me begin with some general thoughts on how to get started.

Contents
1. How to Get a PMP Certification Fast?
2. How to Pass the PMP in 30 days?
3. How to Pass the PMP in 10 days?
4. Need your PMP Fast? Think again!
5. So, what is the Best Way to Pass the PMP Exam?
How to Get a PMP Certification Fast?
So you have decided (or been told) that you will get your PMP done in a very short period.

First, read my article, 10 Steps to Becoming a PMP to establish your eligibility, lay a foundation and start a preliminary plan. Or watch this video to understand the eligibility requirements:


A key statement to remember during this process is that attaining the PMP certification shows your commitment to the project management profession and demonstrates credibility allowing for higher salaries as well as raising your resume above non-PMP certification holders. So don’t get discouraged during this process.

Now that you have verified your eligibility to sit for the exam, Don’t Panic! Relax, take a deep breath, and begin to focus… the first important fact is to not become overwhelmed as there is A LOT of information to understand and many types of training opportunities.

As part of your initial planning – start clearing your calendar to allow for sufficient daily study time, and understand this will not be an easy path to success. In addition to studying A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), you will also benefit by reading through lessons learned from others who have prepared (and passed) on a “fast track” method.

Here are my key tips and resources to allow you to start on the fast path to get the PMP certification and attaining the coveted Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification.

How to Pass the PMP in 30 days?
As I said, while I do not recommend trying to study and pass the PMP in 30 days, sometimes there are legitimate reasons that you may find yourself in this situation. First and foremost, start with my article, Creating Your PMP Study Plan – The Complete Guide. This provides a very clear process to effectively create your own customized study plan. Don’t stress – this article also provides PMP Study Plan templates to help you get started.

There are many study plans – it’s important you design the one that best fits your learning style and continue to modify it as you take practice tests and establish the areas you need to focus your attention.

One method you could establish as a framework for your study time is to divide your available study window (in this case 30 days) by the percentage for each of the five Domains on the test. This table demonstrates this method:

Domain Percentage on Test Study time
Initiation 13% 3.9 days
Planning 24% 6.2 days
Executing 31% 9.3 days
Monitoring and Controlling 25% 7.5 days
Closing 7% 2.1 days
If you total these days up – it actually equals 29 days – which allows you one optional day that you can spend on review.

Within this 30-day window, you will also need to take practice tests – perhaps at the 15-day, 21 day and 29-day marks or more often. To learn more about the exam content, visit the PMP Examination Content Outline on the PMI website.

How to Pass the PMP in 10 days?
But what if you have been told you have to pass the PMP in a 10-day window – what do you do now?

About the only real approach if you have less than two weeks to prepare and pass the PMP is to attend a PMP Boot Camp. There are two major disadvantages with a boot camp:

The expense associated with the Boot Camp (usually in the range of $1,500-$2,500), and
How well you absorb the material (memorization versus true absorption).
The PMP Boot Camps, however, do offer the advantage of time – most boot camps are three to five days long and the PMP test is available on the last day of the boot camp. However, the boot camps do require significant “self-study” prior to and during attendance, which can be confusing to plan and organize yourself in a short period.

Need your PMP Fast? Think again!
If you have the option to study for more than 30 days – take it! Slow down, take your time, and ABSORB. The best way to pass the PMP exam is through methodical study, review, and application.

This additional time will allow you to learn the material in a manner that allows you to understand and implement the standards and theories – instead of just memorization to pass the test. The discovery of information for better understanding allows you to understand how the inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs interrelate. Taking a slower approach will allow you the opportunity to effectively absorb the information and learn how to apply the knowledge to any of your projects.

After nearly a decade as a PMP exam trainer, I advocate this slower approach, which allows your brain enough time to absorb and retain the information for easier recall in the future. The key is to allow yourself a lot of hands-on practice and review time to become comfortable with the information.

So, what is the Best Way to Pass the PMP Exam?
What is your learning style? Are you a visual, auditory, or tactile learner? Do you learn best in groups or individually? Knowing your learning style is important to understanding how to approach your studies for the PMP exam.

To learn more about your learning style, see question six in my article 7 Questions Every Student SHOULD Ask Their PMP Coach When Preparing for the PMP Exam. This understanding over memorization, slower over rushed methods allows for less anxiety, becoming a better project manager, and learning new techniques with the intent of using them on your projects.

No matter how or when you decide to sit for the PMP, The PM PrepCast will be an immense resource to guide you through your studies. At a minimum read the Lessons Learned Forum with experiences from others who have passed the PMP exam.

Source: Project Management Prep Cast
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Ms. NT-
I am sure Mr. F is trying to be helpful, however the profit motive seems to be there in his advice.
I also prepped in 3 weeks for the exam- I started my Application in mid August, and took the exam the second week of September- I was ready a week earlier but the dates were already booked at the exam location.
I am sure you have much better study habits than mine!

I read the PMBOK and the Mulcahey book to prep-not a lot of money spent there!

You will be fine!
M


Good luck!
M
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1 reply by Nidhi Thakrar
Jan 10, 2018 3:33 AM
Nidhi Thakrar
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Thanks again Mark
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Have confidence pal. Study with consistency and go for it... :)
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1 reply by Nidhi Thakrar
Jan 10, 2018 3:32 AM
Nidhi Thakrar
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Thanks Ahmed Saeed.

Nidhi Thakrar
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Jan 10, 2018 2:17 AM
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Ms NT-
Everyone that tackles the PMP exam experiences the same feelings that you feel prior to the exam-so don't worry!
I found the Rita Mulcahey PMP Exam Prep book was a great preparation for the exam. If you study this book and follow the study instructions, and take the exams, and achieve 80% scores, I am convinced you will pass easily.

Good Luck! But you won't need it!

M
Thanks Mark. I was reading head first book. Now planning to read either PMBok or Rita.


Thanks & Regards,
Nidhi Thakrar
Network:51



Jan 10, 2018 3:28 AM
Replying to Ahmed Saeed
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Have confidence pal. Study with consistency and go for it... :)
Thanks Ahmed Saeed.

Nidhi Thakrar
Network:51



Jan 10, 2018 3:09 AM
Replying to MARK A ANNUNZIATA, Sr
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Ms. NT-
I am sure Mr. F is trying to be helpful, however the profit motive seems to be there in his advice.
I also prepped in 3 weeks for the exam- I started my Application in mid August, and took the exam the second week of September- I was ready a week earlier but the dates were already booked at the exam location.
I am sure you have much better study habits than mine!

I read the PMBOK and the Mulcahey book to prep-not a lot of money spent there!

You will be fine!
M


Good luck!
M
Thanks again Mark
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What I did was study Rita's book "PMP Exam Prep", also Andy Crowe's book "The PMP Exam: How to pass on your first try", cross reference with the PMBOK and also the PMP Exam Content Outline document, then do many simulation exams and score at least 85% consistently.
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I don't think your situation is all that uncommon. Without insight into your preparation activities, I'll make some assumptions - Continue your studies of the recommended materials and with your preparation plan. Build confidence with practice exams to validate your knowledge.
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Everyone feels nervous before exam, it's natural. I am sure you must've gone through Guide to PMBOK and few other books suggested above, now try practicing scenario based questions available online as well as some fastrack solutions. The more questions you attempt the more confident you get. You will learn what details are important to capture to answer the question and what details are just distractors. Answer the questions with PMI perspective and not how you deal your day to day work.
Good Luck.
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