The 7 Questions Every PMP® Student Asks Their Coach
By Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM and Dan Ryan, MBA, PMP
When students start their Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam prep (for the first time, or again after having failed the exam), there are a number of questions that come up time and time again. In this article we share the top 7 questions that every student asks us in our role as their PMP® exam coach. Whether you have a coach or not, knowing the answers will help you get started more quickly with your own exam preparations.
The Three R's You need to Pass the PMP® Certification Exam
As part of the process of preparing to take the Project Management Professional (PMP®) Exam you have most likely read about the use of a Responsibility Assignment Matrix (RAM), Roles and Responsibilities, and the Resource Breakdown Structure (RBS). Each of these tools & techniques are discussed within A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), the globally recognized standard and guide for the project management profession. In this article, we not only look at each of these tools & techniques individually but also how they interact with each other.
Why You Failed PMP® Exam and Missed that PMP Certification
We recently released a new and much more in-dept article in which we included more than a dozen tips and suggestions about what to do if you failed your PMP exam. Please click below to read it:
Failed PMI: How to Recover.
While I hope it doesn’t happen to you, some people fail the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam 3 times. If you do find yourself in that situation, you will have to wait a year from the date of your last exam before you will be able to apply for your PMP® certification again.
Over the years, I have found several reasons why someone continues to fail the exam. However – and as hard as it may be to hear this – if it happens to you then you have to acknowledge that you are part of the problem! You are the one taking and failing the test and you should carry some responsibility for not being able to pass because many, many other people do manage to get through it each year.
But on the other hand Project Management Institute (PMI)® has made this exam extremely difficult, and by sitting for the exam multiple times you have proven that you are serious about passing the exam, getting your PMP Credential, and distinguishing yourself from your peers. You can still keep your head up high!