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General Tips
  • Visit each of the links on this site under the heading "PM Topics". We have tried to highlight the information that is helpful in preparing you to pass the exam.
  • Get good sleep while your studying to help absorb information and especially the night before your exam.
  • Practice using the Windows-based calculator. You cannot use your own.
  • Do not feel rushed. Four hours to take the exam is plenty of time.
  • Do not change your normal habits immediately prior 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 so that you can focus on the exam.
 

Information and Files for PMP Exam Preparation

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Recommended Steps:

  1. Print out and read the PMP Handbook
     
  2. Join PMI national and your local PMI chapter at www.pmi.org
     
  3. 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
      • $405 for PMI members
      • $555 for nonmembers
         
  4. Join a PMP study group (like ours)
     
  5. 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)
     
  6. Sign up to receive daily practice questions here.
     
     
  7. Schedule your exam, take it, and pass it!
     
Advice about PMP exam prep studying
By Cornelius Fichtner, PMP - Helping you prepare for the PMP Exam
 
Should you learn ITTOs by Heart?
 
 
Do you feel that in order to pass the Project Management Professional (PMP) ® exam you should memorize the PMBOK® Guide’s ITTOs (Inputs, Tools, Techniques and Outputs)? Do you think that the PMP exam is full of IITO type of questions? Many people still believe this myth. Well, let me clear some misconceptions…
 
Many project managers have successfully passed the PMP exam without any memorization. The current PMP exam is all about an in-depth understanding of applying project management concepts and principles from the PMBOK® Guide as well as general management knowledge from other sources to project situations.
 
Granted, ITTOs are a major part of the PMBOK® Guide and about 75% of material for the PMP Exam is taken from the PMBOK® Guide. So it’s understandable that we assume because there are hundreds of ITTOs in the Guide the exam must be full of knowledge-based questions about them. And sample questions like “Which of the following is not an Input of the Create WBS process?” are plentiful on the internet.
 
So should you, or should you not memorize them?
 
Here is my story: When I studied for my PMP exam I knew them by heart. I could tell you exactly which ITTO is used in which process. But I took my exam years ago. Since then the PMP exam has become more experience-based using situational questions over knowledge-based questions.
 
Therefore a change in approach is needed.
 
It is still important to have a general understanding about which ITTO is used in which process, but you do not need to be able to recite them by heart. It is much more important to understand the concept of "Why is this ITTO used in this process?" Your knowledge about WHY an ITTO is used in a process will definitely help you to arrive at the right answer.
 
Additionally, this new approach is much more helpful for you as a project manager in the long run. Frankly speaking, who cares whether an ITTO is part of a particular process or not after you have passed the PMP exam? If you need to know, you can just look it up! But knowing what they are, why you need them and how to apply them successfully on your projects greatly enhances your project management skills. It goes a long way in making you an exceptional project manager.
 
As you are studying the ITTOs for your PMP Exam, keep the following concepts in mind:
 
First of all, Inputs and Outputs are always “things”, like a project management plan, a measurement, a result, an update to a plan, a document or a deliverable. You can touch Inputs and Outputs.
 
Second, it is very common that an Output from one process becomes an Input to another process. Focus your studies on understanding how these items flow through the many processes in the PMBOK® Guide in order to produce our project deliverables. Use the many charts that the Guide provides to see this graphically.
 
Third, Tools & Techniques very often have some form of “action” attached to them, like a meeting, a methodology, a technique, a form that you must fill in, or a matrix that you create.
 
And lastly, don’t forget to read the complete PMBOK® Guide glossary. Study and understand the definitions of the roughly 350 terms that you find here. Again, you are not doing this for memorization sake, but instead you want to learn “the language” of the PMP exam. Often we use project management terms loosely and interchangeably in our day to day work. But for the exam we have to know exactly what each term means.
 
Reading the glossary ensures that you know the correct definitions, and, as a bonus, the glossary indicates for each term if it is an input/output, tool or technique.
 
So move beyond a third-graders approach of fact memorization. Instead, study the big picture, the data flows and how the ITTOs are the glue between the processes.
 
About the author: Cornelius Fichtner, PMP is a noted PMP expert. He has helped over 9,000 students prepare for the PMP Exam with his PM PrepCast at http://www.pm-prepcast.com.
 
Tip: Practice Your Dump Sheet

Most test takers get mentally fatiqued during the PMP exam. One of the best practices for the exam is creating what many of of call a "dump sheet" while you are in the testing facility.  However, one thing that you should consider is actually practicing the creation of this dump sheet.

 

Here's how it works: On exam day you will check into the testing facility and they will hand you about 5-6 sheets of blank what paper and a couple of pencils. You will 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 in reality). Technically, you then begin your exam. However, we recommend that you use this extra time, which is usually about 10 excess minutes available from the tutorial time to do a dump sheet (or brain dump).

 

Write down the formulas that are difficult for you to remember. Jot down those 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. Practice your brain dump until you’re happy that you know what you need on it and you know where you put certain types of information on the sheet (for fast retrieval).

 

Every persons dump sheet is going to be different. You don't need to write down things you know well. Do enough practice questions that you have a good feel for what topics trip you up. You'll be happy you've got this when your experiencing the exam!

 
PMP Mock Exams

Practice, practice, practice

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 pacing or timing, and will reduce your testing anxiety.

 

We have prepared a comprehensive practice exam which we are delivering through an effective learning management system, allowing you to track your results, and take various formats of exams. All questions in this database have been written by Frank P. Saladis and Kay Wais. We offer a 6-month subscription for a very affordable price.

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