How Do You Prepare for the PMP Certification Exam?


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To prepare for the PMP (project management professional) certification exam, first read through the PMP credential handbook then read the Current PMP Exam Content Outline and sample questions to identify a focus for reading the PMBOK Guide ("A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge") and other project management titles. Also be sure to disengage from study regularly to enhance recall efficiency.

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To prepare for the PMP certification exam, follow the steps below.

  1. Survey
  2. Review the PMP credential handbook. Then, read the Current PMP Exam Content Outline and sample questions, available at the PMI website, to get a broad overview of the topics with which familiarity will be necessary to pass the exam.

  3. Identify focus
  4. After gaining an overview of the topics to cover in preparation for the exam, choose a single focus for each day's study session. Identify the main points that should be learned and formulate a set of questions to answer through reading.

  5. Read material
  6. With the study goals in mind, read the PMBOK Guide, as well as other current project management titles, as an active researcher.

  7. Disengage from reading
  8. Disengaging periodically from reading is an important part of storing the material in memory. Aim to take regular breaks at intervals of around 30 minutes. The best time to stop is when an interesting point in the reading has been reached, since this offers an incentive to return to the material after each break.

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