5 Ways to Prepare for the PMP Exam

Prepared to Pass: You Got This!

Prepping for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam shouldn’t trigger anxiety.

Move forward with confidence: Check out these five ways project management professionals commonly tackle the exam-prep process.

Runner Crossing Finish Line

1. Envision the Finish Line

Create a clear mission statement spelling out why earning the PMP is important to you—and review it to stay motivated throughout the prep process.

  • Plan to regularly study in the weeks or months ahead of the Big Day. 
  • Create a study schedule that integrates work and family obligations.
  • Share your goal with others so they can help you stay on track.
  • Seek support from your boss. See if your organization will allow you to study during work hours.

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2. Tour the Terrain

Learn more about the exam’s 180-question format:

  • Questions will be a combination of multiple-choice, multiple responses, matching, hotspot and limited fill-in-the-blank. See prototype questions to learn more.
  • Closely review the PMP exam content outline below--available in 16 translations; which details knowledge areas covered:

PMP Exam Content Outline

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Making the PMP Exam

Learn how the PMP exam has evolved to meet the changing needs of the profession. Hear directly from subject matter experts from around the world who were involved in creating the exam content as they describe their experience in the process and the ways the PMP can supercharge careers.

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3. Create a Course of Action

How can you find the most useful exam-prep resources?

Books on Shelf

4. Hit the Books


5. Join the Club

Project professionals are eager to provide advice and encouragement.