You should start your preparation with a proper PMP exam preparation study plan.
Failing to plan is planning to fail. A formal schedule for PMP studies is essential for passing the certification test. A formal plan to study for the PMP certification will go a long way in your success.
In this post I have shared the experience of Amy Wang who cracked her exam by rigorously studying for 2 months.
The next words are from Amy.
What Is Amy’s PMP Exam Preparation Study Plan?
Passed the exam on my first try! I have learned so much from this subreddit so I feel compelled to share my experience as well:
I took the exam on the last day before my eligibility ends. Please don’t do this; best to just book your test after you’re ready. I was going to give myself a lot of buffer time but some stuff happened in my life and I had to keep pushing it back until the last moment.
I got my contact hours way before I even thought about ever getting the PMP; it was part of my program at school. Had I known, I’d definitely paid more attention in class.
I am quite young in my career so I only met the minimum project management experience to get the certificate. For those of you who are nervous about whether or not their personal experience would help/hinder their exam, I don’t think it matters much as long as you study right.
- U of T’s exam prep course online (super expensive; don’t recommend) mostly just an exam bank with very straight forward questions
- PocketPrep app (kind of handy when you’re on the go but the question bank is very basic)
- Took the free Oliver Lehmann 200 question practice exam twice during my studies and got 70% three months ago and got 80% the week before my exam just to see if I had improved
- PM Prepcast Simulator (THIS ONE IS KEY). Don’t think I would have passed without this as they simulate the actual exam with questions that are actually pretty on par for difficulty (I would say their questions can even be harder than the actual exam) My range of exam scores vary between 70%-85%; except for the ITTO exam where I got in the 60s (I was worried that I didn’t memorize any ITTOs but it turned out fine)
- Read PMBOK 2 times (first time skimmed)
- Videos on youtube (Ricardo Vargas and Praizion) I watched the videos a couple of times (can’t confirm if it helped but definitely didn’t hurt)
- Rita Mulcahy’s study guides. I read Rita’s book 3 times and the last time I read it while also reading PMBOK (I think this really helped me understand PMBOK)
- Kim Heldman’s study guide she goes by process groups instead of knowledge areas which is more applicable for the actual exam (I didn’t spend too much time on it since I borrowed it from the library and had to return it)
During my last month of studying, I focused on reading the PMBOK and Rita’s book then taking practice tests on Prepcast. I was doing questions so much that I started memorizing the answers but I don’t think it hurt me that much in the end. As long as you understand the reason why an answer is right/wrong. At the end of the day, the more practice the better.
On the actual exam, I had maybe 3 or 4 EVM questions. I memorized basically 11 out of 12 EVM formulas and of course, the ONE formula I didn’t memorize showed up on the exam. I did not have any questions on Agile (weird lol). 2 PERT questions. 1 Network Path. Basically 90% situational. I finished all the questions at 2:45hours and literally read over all the 200 questions again and changed a few answers. I didn’t really have a strategy during the exam except that I was going to review the first 20 questions for sure as I was such a nervous wreck in the beginning. My only advice for getting the right answer is to always know which process you are currently in and you’ll be able to cross off at least two choices in each question. Also, know when to use a change request.
I think I completely over-studied, but I couldn’t take the chance because otherwise, I’d have to redo my application again.
Don’t ever give up. It’s not as hard as you think it might be. This subreddit has so much good info and is such a huge contributor to my success. I’m thankful to be a PMP and wish you all the best in your journey!
Over To You
What is your thought regarding your study plan for the PMP exam? How you plan your study for the exam?
I would love to hear from you.