PMP Exam Preparation Tips

August 3rd, 2011

The PMP certification is one of the most famous certificates in the industry on project management and over 350,000 people around the world hold this status. A lot of engineers, architects, and designers who would like to pursue project management for the rest of their career decide to obtain this certificate after they have had a few years of experience working on projects with a team.

A Project Management Professional status shows your wide and expansive knowledge of project management techniques and is proof that you are able to successfully plan, initiate, execute, and complete a project. In addition to leadership skills and the ability to deal with people, project managers require formal training that shows them how to set out on a project in an organized manner to assure its completion.

Filling out the PMP application and passing the PMP exam are two of the most difficult challenges project managers face when they are trying to become certified. Compared to the exams of other certifications, the PMP exam is quiet hard and has a failure rate of 30%. Studying for the exam and preparing sufficiently is obviously the best way to make sure you pass on your first try, but there are also some examination tips you can use in order to make sure you are from the 70% of the people who pass the test on the first trial.

Answer all questions as PMI would want you to. The Project Management Institute does not want you to include your own personal beliefs or thoughts when trying to answer a question on the test. They want you to answer the questions exactly as they specify in their PMBOK guide.

Beware of any answer choices that use words which generalize too much. If the answer contains the word always but you know that the condition mentioned doesn’t happen 100% of the time and that there are exceptions, then don’t go for that answer.

Don’t leave any questions blank. You only get marks for questions you answer correctly, but don’t get negative marks for answers that are incorrect. If there is a question that is confusing you, don’t guess before you try and eliminate as many answer choices as possible.

Look for the best answer that is relevant to the question. The PMP exam’s questions all want you to chose the best answer. You will find that many of the questions have multiple choices that are true but are not necessarily relevant to the question, so stay away from those answers and make sure you know what the question is asking.

Don’t spend too much time on one question. Getting stuck on one question for five minutes will take away precious time you’ll need for the rest of the exam. Spending half an hour on question you don’t know will not help if you have the slightest clue what the answer may be.

Passing the exam is easy as long as you get some good PMP training and don’t rush while answering.

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