4 Things You Can Do Today to Double Your Chances of Passing the PMP Exam
No surprise that there are some people who fail the PMP exam the first try. This unfortunately means another several months of studying and sitting for the exam for another four hours. Ouch!
Take it from the experts at BAPM, you don’t want to be that person. Below are four things that you should do to double your chances of passing the exam, and pass the first time.
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1. Understand the Process Groups and Knowledge Areas
During your PMP exam prep, it is important that you know the process groups and knowledge areas cold. You need to understand the different processes and how each of the Knowledge Areas interact with the process groups. You will be tested on the various inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs of each defined process. Ideally, you should be able to write the precise order of all processes and how they align with each process group.
2. Don’t Memorize the Tools, Techniques, Inputs and Outputs
Instead of memorization, you should focus on the project flow. For inputs, think about what you might need to start a specific process and then the tools and techniques that will help you with that process. At the end of the process, you should have a clear picture of the the project deliverables that may be outputs.
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Your PMP exam prep involves studying the different processes. You should not try to memorize all the inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs; it is not worth the effort. The best way to prepare for the exam is to actually learn the different knowledge areas required by the specific process group.
There are many tricks you can learn to do this. It is next to impossible to memorize all the stuff in the PMBOK. However, knowing their practical use will allow you to understand the principles behind them.
3. Build Your Exam Stamina
The PMP Exam takes around four hours. That means you will be in the room for the entire duration of the exam. Maintaining your concentration level during that period can be hard, especially if you haven’t taken any type of standardization exam in a long time or at all. This why you need to build up your exam stamina. Start by taking a mock exam for half an hour and then slowly increasing the duration of the mock exam until you are able to sit for up to four hours.
4. Take the Exam 30 to 45 Days After the PMP Exam Prep Course
Finally, it is important that you take the PMP exam 30 to 45 days after the end of your prep course. That way the tips, knowledge and other information you got from the prep course is still fresh. Naturally, this depends on how rigorous the exam prep training may be. However, after the Comprehensive PMP Exam Prep course, BAPM executive, Sharon Brown recommends that you should be ready to take the exam right away or within 4-6 weeks, at the latest.
These are just some of the things that you can do to double your chances of passing the PMP Exam. Follow these tips and you will be able to get that certification in no time.