PMP / PMBOK Guide FAQ 8 – How to Plan for the PMP Exam?
While there are many websites on the internet teaching PMP® aspirants how to get PMP® certified, most of them contain information that are either incomplete or disorganized. A PMP® aspirants emailed me recently expressing the frustrations he had while searching for useful PMP® Certification Exam information.
Tips for the PMP® Certification Application and Examination
I read your website regarding the PM PrepCast™
I plan to take the PMP® exam in Feb and I just started studying. There is so much information regarding this exam online that it is almost overwhelming.
Do you have any tips for me?
Also, I want to make sure my experience is documented correctly on the application. Can you assist?
I understand the frustration and that’s why I have started this PMP® Certification blog by organizing all the essential PMP® Exam information in one guide:
Thanks for your email.
I have shared a PMP® Certification Guide which offers step-by-step advice and suggestion (including how to fill the pm experience). Hope this would be useful for you.
Wish you PMP® success!
Planning to Take the PMP® Exam
The reader replied with a detailed description of his situation:
I just finished going through your entire website. I have to hand it to you brother. You really listed in detail everything that anyone would need to know to study and pass this exam and I have viewed a lot of websites related to PMP® over the past week. You have the best knowledge out there.
I believe that we have a similar beginning (i.e. neither one of us have actual Project Management work experience using the processes from PMI). I am in the military, so I have done many projects but the Military has its own language and so as I was reading the PMBOK® Guide 5th edition; I felt like I was learning a new language and after two weeks; I am still in CH 2. I figured at this rate it will take me forever to read this entire book from cover to cover and retain the information. Per your website, I have conducted a lot of searches myself and you are correct; there are a lot of websites that advertise PMP® success and it very hard to know which one is best for you. I signed up for a self study PMP® Pre course for veterans for free and it will give you the 35 required hours and they will pay for the exam fee. However, I am not sure/confident that it will have the required information that I need. I saw the PM Prep Cast and read all the testimonials. Right now, I am working a full time job, and I am supporting a wife and 3 kids. It would be helpful for me to download the classes on my Tablet so that I am not confined to a desk and computer for study.
I think I will follow your advice -> Complete the online Prep course, apply for the exam, read PMBOK® Guide and Rita Mulcahys Exam Prep book (I already have it) from cover to cover , take several Exam Simulators, Take Test
Do you think this is a good Study plan?
For those who are too engaged to take a face-to-face PMP® Exam Preparation course, the PM PrepCast™ is often considered the best alternative as it does offer the required 35 contact hours for the PMP® Certification yet it gives one the flexibility to take the exam prep anywhere.
Your plan sounds good (actually that’s what I have done to pass the PMP® exam). The PM PrepCast™ will introduce you to the PMBOK® Guide in a lively way and the mock exams will let you know your weak areas so that you can concentrate your studies on. Try to get over 75%-80% correct for two or more full-length 200-questions PMP® mock exam and you are ready for the real PMP® exam!
Wish you PMP® success!
P.S. I have 2 kids and is expecting another one. I understand your situation 😛
Preparing for the PMP® Exam and earning the PMP® Certification title can be achieve while one is enjoying my family life (well, it does take a bit determination and sacrifice in the number of sleeping hours :P). I am PMP® certified by taking advantage of an online PMP® exam prep course. You can do it too!