5 Ways to Prepare

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.

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 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.

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4. Hit the Books

  • A Guide 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.

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