Category: Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam using A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)

5 Reasons to Attend a PMP® Exam Boot Camp to Pass Your Exam

pmp exam bootcampPlease note: This article shows just one side of the story. If you want to get the full and balanced picture, read our article "5 Reasons NOT to take an Exam Boot Camp".

Talk to any project management trainer and you’ll find that they have an opinion on the pros and cons of Project Management Professional (PMP)® boot camps. Some people love them, some people don’t. Last time, we looked at five reasons why a PMP® exam boot camp may not be the right choice for you on your journey toward becoming a PMP. Today we’ll be considering the reasons why you might want to choose this form of learning. Then, you can make your own decision about what sort of training is the most suitable for you.

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5 Reasons NOT to take a PMP® Boot Camp for your PMP Exam Prep

5 Reasons NOT to take Boot Camp Classes for your PMP Exam Preparation(Note: This article shows just one side of the story. Please also read our article "5 Reasons FOR taking an Exam Boot Camp" to get the full and balanced picture")

Often touted as “ideal targeted training” for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam, many people find PMP® boot camps are an attractive option for PMP exam preparation.

While boot camps are designed to deliver noticeable results with a high-output of effort in a short period of time, the drawbacks of choosing this path for exam preparation often outweigh the benefits.

PMP bootcamp may work for some because the instructors are usually highly qualified with master’s degrees, prior training, and years of industry experience. Most also offer a pass guarantee and will assume financial risk if you fail. They may offer to pay for your exam re-take or provide custom coaching and feedback.

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Begin your PMP® study with The PMP® Credentials Handbook

Read The PMI Credentials Handbook The Project Management Institute (PMI)® has published the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Credentials Handbook, which you can find at the following URL: The Credentials Handbook explains everything that you want to know about the process of taking the PMP® exam and becoming PMP® certified. It discusses the following topics and questions:

1. PMP® Eligibility

Eligibility: Who can take the exam? How much project management experience do I need? What are these 35 contact hours all about?

2. PMP® Exam Information

Examination Information: What is the format of the exam? How much does it cost? How do I get my score? What about re-examinations? Can people with handicaps take the exam?

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8 Basic PMP® Study Tips in Preparing for the PMP® examination

Basic PMP Study Tips in Preparing for the PMP ExaminationStudying for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam is a highly individual journey; however, here are a few basic study tips that you may want to consider:

1. Go to today and register for the PMP® exam. Having signed up and paid your fee is the best incentive possible.

2. Read the PMP Credentials Handbook to learn everything there is to know about the exam procedures.

3. Create a study plan. Define when and for how long you will study. This estimation will tell you how long it will take until you should take the exam. Plan the work and work the plan. Don't forget to tell your friends and family, so that they can support you and give you the time and space that you will need.

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Types of PMP® Exam Questions For You To Pass The PMP® Exam

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You now have 35 contact hours and has been reading A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) cover to cover but is it enough to make sure you'll pass the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam?

Anyone who has sat for the PMP® exam knows that studying the PMBOK® Guide and having 35 Contact Hours is just not enough. When you talk to them about the PMP Exam, they will tell you it covers a lot of ground and the questions are not as straightforward as one would hope. Of the ones that have passed the exam, an overwhelming percentage of them will tell you that they used more than just one study method.

Just as a golfer must learn to “drive” and “put” before they ever step onto a 18 hole golf course, the PMP Applicant must also learn the mechanics of taking the exam and what to expect when they arrive on game day. Employing multiple study methods may give you a triangulated understanding of the material as well as illuminating what you do know and what you don’t know.

Being able to answer PMP Exam sample questions is crucial to your exam success. Simple? In concept; yes. After all, the PMP exam has only multiple choice questions. However, there are a number of question styles; each has their purpose and caveats, which makes knowing how to get the most of each question exponentially crucial.

Let’s jump into the PMP Exam question types:

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Guide to Getting 35 Contact Hours for PMP® Eligibility

project managers in training to complete 35 contact hours for PMP eligibilityIn order to apply for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam you will have to evidence "35 contact hours of formal education.” The Project Management Institute (PMI)® explains this as follows in the PMP® Credentials Handbook:

"Verify at least 35 contact hours of specific instruction that addressed learning objectives in project management. Document all education hours regardless of when they were accrued. The course work must be completed at the time you submit the application. The course hours may include content on project quality, scope, time, cost, human resources, communications, risk, procurement and integration management."

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A PMP® Exam Simulator Will Help You Pass the PMP® Exam

answeringThe Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential is considered all over the world as a mark of a professional project manager. Employers take the credential into account when recruiting, and it also provides individuals with confidence in their own abilities. However, becoming PMP certified requires a pass mark in the exam as well as practical experience, so preparing fully for your exam day will give you the best possible chance of becoming certified.

Reading A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and learning the project management theory is only part of the preparation you can do. There are a number of PMP exam simulators available and these products help you prepare for the style of exam by providing the opportunity to take sample exams before you sit the real thing. Here are 5 reasons why an exam simulator should be an essential part of your preparation for the exam.


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The 4 Secret Ingredients to Pass the PMP® Examination

What are the key factors to pass the pmp examinationThe Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam is developed and administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI)® to measure and assess an individual’s ability to apply project management skills in six different domains. Initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, closing the project, as well as professional and social responsibility are evaluated. Don’t be intimidated! While the material may seem overwhelming, there are a few important factors to consider when preparing to successfully earn your PMP certificate. Experience, understanding of project management principles, developing a solid study plan and reliably sticking to it, as well as practicing exam-taking strategies are essential ingredients for PMP® exam success.

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What is a PMP® Exam Simulator?

What is a PMP Exam Simulator?

PMP exam simulator, PMP mock exam, PMP exam simulation software - different terms but synonymous in meaning.

What is it exactly? How can it help you prepare for the PMP exam?

The PMP exam is a 4-hour, 200 question, multiple-choice, computer-based exam that leads to the Project Management Professional credential. It is based largely on the contents of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), although you will probably want to use other books as well during your exam preparation. The PMBOK® Guide is wide-ranging and covers many concepts: the exam contains questions from all the knowledge areas, so there is a lot of material for you to cover in your study.

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How to Manage your Time for PMP® Exam Prep

How To Budget Your PMP® Exam Study Time

Do you find it difficult to manage your time in preparing for the PMP® exam?

Studying for the PMP exam is going to take a big chunk out of your day and you might be wondering how you’re ever going to find the time to do it. Between work and personal obligations, you might think you don’t have the time to study. Don’t be discouraged.

Here are some guidelines on how to budget your PMP Exam study time:

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7 Criteria for Selecting The Best PMP® Exam Simulator

7 Criteria for Selecting Your PMP Exam SimulatorThe Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification is a must-have for many project managers. It demonstrates your ability as a project manager to your current and prospective employers, and can help you take the next step up the corporate ladder. That said, it is not an easy road, and preparing for the exam can be a time-consuming and stressful business.

As adults, we don’t take exams that often. Part of the nerves and stress relating to the PMP exam comes from not knowing what to expect. You can prepare for the exam by revising the material from the knowledge areas of the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), but that should be only part of your preparation. You can also practice what the exam will be like by working through sample questions in a realistic, online environment. A PMP exam simulator provides this. Sitting sample tests with an exam simulator will help you face the real exam confidently.

Here are the 7 criteria to consider when selecting the best PMP exam simulator that will suit your needs:

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