How To Prepare For PMP Exam

Project management has emerged into one of the most wanted skills in the IT industry nowadays. However, it is also one of the toughest certification that most IT professionals can experience. The exam has 200 multiple choice questions and last for 4 hours (short break allowed).

These tips are based on my personal experience. I took the 5-day course and 2 months to prepared myself for the PMP exam. Here are the tips to pass your PMP exam:


Before the exam

I actually really read the whole PMBOK book. That’s why I took 2 months to prepare for the exam. I didn’t pressurize myself on memorizing the terms but instead trying to understand the concepts more.

I also watched some tutorial videos to help refresh my mind because I took the class many months ago and I was afraid I missed the important points. It’s good if you can have refresher class too from your training provider.

I tried few mock tests too at the same time so I can familiarize myself with the question format.

Read the glossary. My friend gave me this tip and I think it’s helpful.


During the exam

1. Make sure you’re well rested and your stomach is not empty

2. Arrive at the testing center earlier

So you don’t need to rush and be panic.

3. Keep pace with the timer

There are 200 multiple choice questions you need to do in 4 hours. That means averagely you need to do 50 questions in 1 hour. Always check your timer and keep pace with it once in a while.

4. Eliminate wrong answers so you can focus on correct answers

5. If you’re not sure, mark the question to be reviewed later but make your best guess first

6. Read the question carefully

Some of the questions are quite lengthy and confusing. If you don’t get it at the first time, re-read the question before answering.

7. Get a short break

Get a cup of water to refresh yourself a bit.

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