PMP® Exam Prep
- Print out and read the PMP Handbook
- Join PMI national and your local PMI chapter at www.pmi.org
- If you are ready to apply for certification, build your profile on PMI’s web site
- Draft your information
- Verify your information
- Notify your contacts
- Save your documentation
- Submit your online application
- After receiving notice that your application has been approved, submit exam payment
- Join a PMP® study group (like ours)
- Create a PMP® study plan (including reading the PMBOK® at least once, selections from additional reading lists including at least one PMP® Prep workbook, practice exams, and possibly prep courses)
- Sign up to receive daily practice questions here.
- Schedule your exam, take it, and pass it!
Advice about PMP exam prep studying
- Visit each of the links on this site under the heading “PM Topics”. We have highlighted information we find most helpful while preparing for the PMP® exam.
- Get good night of sleep while your studying. This may seem obvious, but this will help your brain absorb and retain pertinent information.
- Practice using the Windows-based calculator. You will not be able to use your own while taking the exam.
- Do not feel rushed. You have four hours to take the exam. Pace yourself and be confident in your answers.
- Do not change your normal habits immediately before to the exam. For example, this would not be a good time to start a diet, quit smoking, or to make a major life change. Keep your stress level reasonable and allow yourself to focus on the exam.
Tip: Practice Your Dump Sheet
Most test takers get mentally fatigued during the PMP®exam. One of the best practices for taking the exam is creating what many call a “dump sheet” while you are in the testing facility. However, one thing that you should consider is practicing the creation of this dump sheet before your exam date.
When you first arrive: On exam day you will check into the testing facility and they will hand you about 5-6 sheets of blank white paper and a few pencils. You will then take your seat at a computer and you will have about 15 minutes to go through a tutorial, which really only takes a few minutes to complete. After the tutorial, you technically begin your exam, however, we recommend that you use this extra time, which is usually about 10 minutes from the allotted tutorial time to do a dump sheet, or brain dump.
Creating a dump sheet: After you get situated and finish the tutorial write down any formulas that you find difficult to remember. Then, jot down terms, inputs, tools & techniques, and outputs that you think might trip you up. The earned value formulas, communications channels formula, Six Sigma values, acronyms, etc. are all good examples of what you could put on your dump sheet.
Practice your dump sheet before the exam: Remember – practice, practice, practice! Before you show up for your exam practice your brain dump sheet until you’re happy with it and have a firm understanding of what you need on it. While practicing, maintain a consistent layout and make sure you know where you put certain types of information on the sheet. This allows for fast retrieval of information during the exam.
Every person’s dump sheet is going to be different. That being said, don’t feel like you need to write down things you know well. Do enough practice questions until you have a good understanding of what topics might trip you up and focus on those topics while preparing your dump sheet. You’ll be happy you’ve got this when your taking the exam!
PMP® Mock Exams
A very important aspect of PMP® exam preparation is to get into the habit of taking sample exams. This helps you test your knowledge, practice the your pace, and reduce your testing anxiety.
That is why we have prepared a comprehensive practice exam for our students. This practice exam is delivered through an effective learning management system and it allows our students to track their results while taking various formats of the exam. To find more information about our 6-month subscription and pricing please click the PMP Exam icon above.