How to prepare for the PMP Exam in 5 steps
Project Management Certification is not only an added value to your career journey, but can also be a booster to your confidence at the workplace. That being said, keep in mind that acing the PMP exam can be really challenging. No matter how many years of experience you already have, and how many different projects you’ve already dealt with, the PMI Institute still tackled project management using different practices that you need to know and study closely, allowing you to walk the PMP catwalk with pride.
Before heading into your exam, you need to keep in mind that in this course, there are many things you would be tackling for the first time. Some PMs do fall into the trap and misses the importance of taking the course before sitting for their exam, which end up with an unwanted result. Keep in mind not to mix between your work experience and what PMI teaches you. You’re not the one man show here!
Below, I will be listing in 5 steps, a guide for preparing for your PMP exam:
1.Take the course
As mentioned earlier, do not confuse experience with the actual PMP course. You will be surprised, despite how many years of experience you have, how much PMP practices clashes at so many points with what you actually do in your daily work. Keeping in mind, PMP always reminds you that you need to learn those practices, and twist them depending on your own organization’s needs. Below, I will refer few sources if you are willing to take the course soon:
Formatech (offline) Lebanon (594$)
Simplilearn (online) (399$)
PMBook 5th edition (70$)
2. Study Weekly
Even though 35 hours may seem much to some of you out there, but trust me they will pass as a glimpse! Study weekly! Should I repeat? Study weekly!
The course will pass, and you won’t remember a thing if you didn’t. Trust me on this. I’ve been there, I’ve done this
Weekly reminders will help refresh your mind of things you’ve discussed already, plus you will start, without you noticing, implementing the things you’ve learned the week before , which is the main aim of the course in the first place now, isn’t it?
Your state of mind will start shifting, and start better problem solving. At some point, you will feel a little depressed knowing how far you are from being the “perfect project manager”, and how many things there are around that needs fixing. But hey, chill! If you are thinking this way than you are on the right track!
3.Study after the course
Okey so the course is over now and you feel relieved. It’s a great feeling, I know. But don’t let it fool you! Taking a long break after the course is over, and keep on saying to yourself “I will start on Monday” will keep on making you postpone until forever (It is just as this healthy lifestyle that you’ve never did, if you know what I mean). Take a couple of days off, relax your mind, then get directly back into a focused state of mind.
Before registering to your exam, make sure to prepare well.
Online, you have an enormous sources for exam simulators (free or paid), where they put you in the exact exam conditions, and you can take the exam and test to see your level. Keep on repeating such exams until you find yourself scoring high. This way, you are safe to go.
Below are few sources for exam simulators:
4. Submit your application:
To do so, you need to visit the official website of the PMP institute, register and follow the below steps:
After doing all the necessary studying, and now you know yourself you are ready to nail the exam, it is time for you to submit your online application.
- After Registration, enter the “myPMI” tab and click on profile
- In the profile section, you will be asked to fillout information concerning the below:
- Personal information
- Professional information
- Membership profile
- Membership automatic renewal
- Communication preferences
- Publication delivery preferences
- Profile photo
- PM profile
- After filling out your form and submitting the exam fees (500$), the form will be sent to the PM jury for approval. This process usually takes around 2-3 business days.
- Upon approval, you will be able to book your exam date!
5. Book your exam!
This is usually the hardest phase. You are ready and everything is set, but you are scared of failure. Go ahead, book your exam one month from now, this way you will have the chance to have one more quick revision along with setting yourself a deadline for taking the exam.
Don’t be afraid of failing. Many students that took this exam failed the first time. I’m not trying to spread negativity here, but in case you are reading this and you’ve already been there, it is okey. This is not the end of the world! Surround yourself with your support group, get away from bad vibes, and have confidence. You can do it!
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