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.
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.
2. Tour the Terrain
Learn more about the exam’s 200-question format on PMI.org:
Closely review the PMP exam content outline, which details knowledge areas covered.
Check out a few sample multiple-choice test questions.
3. Create a Course of Action
How can you find the most useful exam-prep resources?
Local PMI chapters can help you find a study group or members willing to guide you.
Registered Education Providers offer formal and accredited study courses.
Practice exams can be found online or as part of formal training courses.
4. Hit the Books
AGuide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) is a go-to reference book. But the exam isn’t based on it alone.
Many PMI members lean on PMP exam-prep books. Head to ProjectManagement.com for recommendations.
5. Join the Club
Project professionals are eager to provide advice and encouragement.
ProjectManagement.com: Plenty of blog posts and community discussions are devoted to exam-prep challenges and advice.
PMI’s LinkedIn project professional group: A great place to post a question about the exam-prep process when you’ve hit a wall.
Local PMI chapters: These can be another resource when you need a hand.