Project Management Institute

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.

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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

  • Download

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3. Create a Course of Action

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

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4. Hit the Books


5. Join the Club

Project professionals are eager to provide advice and encouragement.