The Effectiveness of Various PMP Exam Study Techniques

The Effectiveness of Various PMP Exam Study TechniquesIf you are just beginning or are in the middle of studying for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam, you probably already know that in order to pass, you need to fully understand both A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc. and the Project Management Institute (PMI) Code of Ethics. You have probably spent some time thinking about the many study techniques available to you. In this article, I examine four PMP Exam study techniques, their effectiveness, and some possible alternatives, you may not have considered.

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PMBOK 6th Edition Release Date and Timeline

This article is a brief overview of the release date for A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Sixth Edition and how this affects the PMP Exam.

In addition to giving you all the dates of the PMBOK 6 release we will also give you our recommendation on which version you should use for your PMP exam prep studies.

This article will be updated over time as PMI releases more specific release dates.

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90-Day Simulator Extension Access for customers who didn’t pass the PMI Exam

If you are a customer of The PM Exam Simulator and unfortunately didn’t pass your PMP, CAPM or PMI-ACP90-Day Simulator Extension Access Exam, we will give you 90 additional days of access to the simulator.

Extension Policy

If you didn’t pass your PMI Exam then you can get your access to The PM Exam Simulator extended, provided you adhere to the following notification process:

  • You are a paying customer of The PM Exam Simulator.
  • You did not ask for a refund on your account.
  • You took your PMP, PMI-ACP or CAPM exam but didn’t pass it.
  • Send a scanned version of your Exam Score Report to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within 45 days of the failed exam attempt. (Don’t have a scanner? Take a picture with your smart phone.)
  • In the email please tell us the first name, last name and email address from your simulator account

We will extend your access if you meet all the criteria.

 

Have the Right Mindset for Your PMP Exam

Have the Right Mindset for Your PMP ExamThe fact that you are reading this article means that you are interested in getting your PMP. You may have already taken some steps, perhaps you are gathering information about it or perhaps you have done more than that. The good project manager that you are, you hopefully have in mind or even written down on paper a roadmap, timeline, and a set of steps to get your PMP. This is all well and good, but no matter where you are in your PMP preparation journey, what we want to emphasize in this article is the importance of having the right mindset for your PMP exam.

 

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PMP Material NOT in the PMBOK® Guide

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If you are studying for or plan to study for the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam you have likely heard you need to read A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) at least three times. But, did you know that reading the PMBOK® Guide is not enough to pass the PMP Exam? One popular misconception concerning the PMP Exam is that it is based solely on the PMBOK® Guide. It is a great study tool but there is material on the PMP Exam that is not covered in the PMBOK® Guide so you need to locate and select quality supplemental resources to cover this additional material. The PMP Exam covers a variety of questions to include those that are based on the PMBOK® Guide, situational type questions and those that cover other project management concepts not necessarily included in the PMBOK® Guide. Here we will look at some additional resources you can use to help ensure you are as prepared as possible for the PMP Exam.

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Meeting Management Techniques for the PMP Exam

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Have you ever been in a meeting and then sent a text message from your phone that read: Help! I'm Stuck in this Meeting and They Ran out of Donuts? I hope that you never have to and I also hope that anyone attending YOUR meetings never feels that such a cynical text message is necessary when you are leading it.

But what exactly makes a good meeting? What are the meeting management techniques that project managers have to know and master? Meeting management is part of the PMP Exam Content Outline, so it is possible that you’ll be asked about this in your exam.

In this article I will cover what you need to know about this subject for the PMP Exam, and you’ll also pick up some great tips for managing successful meetings every time. I’ll share exactly what you have to do to manage your meetings successfully including the 10 essential meeting management techniques that you won’t want to miss!

 

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Project and Process Tailoring for the PMP Exam

Project tailoringAccording to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) a project is “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result”. Being that each project is unique it is important to also understand that an organization's project management processes will likely need to be tailored in order to ensure project success. Project tailoring takes into consideration that project management processes are not "one size fits all", meaning there will be many times when processes need to be adjusted (added, removed, or revised) in order to ensure project success.

Tailoring in project management can happen at any time and for any process being applied to a project. Organizations often have a project methodology in place and may realize that this methodology needs to allow for adjustments to best manage a variety of projects. As a project manager you cannot blindly follow a methodology, you need to know how to assess a project to determine what processes will need to be adjusted in order to achieve a successful outcome for your project. Here we are going to look at a very high level method for process tailoring. This four step method includes: evaluating existing processes, assessing the project, documenting the tailoring process, and re-evaluating.

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2016 PMP Exam Update and The PM PrepCast / The PM Exam Simulator

Update status overview:

  • The PM Exam Simulator: 100% Updated
  • The PM PrepCast: 100% updated
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If you are preparing for The Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam, then you are probably aware that the PMP Examination Content Outline has changed, and that PMI is changing The PMP Exam on January 11th, 2016 .

We have already identified the new exam content and are currently in the process of adding new lessons to The PM PrepCast. We're also adding new questions to The PM Exam Simulator. This is a free update for our current students who have not yet taken their PMP exam.

Here is our FAQ and project status update:

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Lessons Learned Management Techniques for the PMP Exam

Depositphotos 36778049 s 2015Learning the lessons of past projects is important if you want to improve as a project manager. Understanding what worked and what didn’t is essential for your professional development when managing projects and for getting better outcomes each time.

This article contains everything you need to know about lessons learned management techniques to help achieve exactly that. Lessons learned management techniques for PMPs are the knowledge and skills that a project manager needs to be able to use lessons learned to improve their projects.

They are different from the lessons learned about passing your PMP Exam. Those lessons are about exam practice and how other people prepared for and passed the PMP Exam. If you are in fact looking for lessons learned on how to pass the PMP Exam then you’ll find lots of tips and advice at https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/ll.

Back to lessons learned management techniques: they form part of your PMP Exam so this article will both help you prepare for questions on the topic and give you the tools you need to learn from your experiences on projects.

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How to Prepare for the PMP Exam in 30 Days

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You are asking yourself right now, “Where do I start to guarantee I pass the PMP exam in 30 days”? Be patient, stay calm, and continue to read this quick article to understand the steps of this process – how each step leads to the next. So remember – finish one step before starting the next to prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed. Preparing for the PMP exam will take daily dedication to studying and understanding the material.

Preparing for the PMP exam takes time and while I do NOT advocate a fast approach, sometimes there are “legitimate” reasons that require you to sit for the exam within 30 days (or sooner). Perhaps your employer has established this deadline for contractual reasons, perhaps you have found a highly desirable open position you would like to apply to but need the PMP for highest qualification, or perhaps you signed up to take the exam nearly a year ago but then you procrastinated and now you only have 30 days left before your eligibility runs out.

What follows are key steps, processes, and resources that, along with your dedication, will allow you to prepare for and pass the PMP exam in 30 days (or less). Let me begin with some general thoughts on how to get started.

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The PMP Exam Changes After 11 January 2016. Here’s What This Means For You.

11 January 2016 PMP Exam Changes

Every five to seven years, the Project Management Institute (PMI)® performs a “Role Delineation Study (RDS)”. This is basically a big survey among project managers like you and me from around the world with the goal to identify what it is that we do on our projects. As a result of the most recent RDS, PMI now has a pretty accurate picture of the tasks that we project managers perform, as well as the knowledge and skills required for our job.

PMI has used this information to update the PMP Examination Content Outline. This document is the basis for the PMP Exam. And because this document changed, the PMP exam also has to be updated.

The update to the PMP exam is scheduled for 11 January 2016. Please click here to learn what we are doing to update our trainining products like The PM PrepCast...

Let’s first look at why this change is happening and then we will examine what this means for you. You’ll be surprised at how little is actually changing.

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What is Opportunity Cost and Why Do You Need to Understand It

What is opportunity Cost?

If you are in the middle of preparing to take the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam you have undoubtedly read through A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition at least once and possibly even more. If you are just starting to prepare to take the PMP Exam, then you should be planning to read through the PMBOK® Guide at least a couple of times. The PMBOK® Guide should be your primary resource when studying for the PMP Exam as it is the globally recognized standard and guide for the project management profession; however as you probably already know, it does not cover every possible topic that the PMP Exam may touch on.

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