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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

PMP: Tips for PMP aspirants, Know the basics before you start preparing for the exam

Important Update: PMP exam is changing in 2016

Are you a PMP aspirant?
Do you want to know how and where to start?

Here are few points which might be helpful...



1.       Know about the exam before you start preparing. Best source of information is PMI.org, download the latest handbook.


2.       Read the handbook to know the eligibility criteria, exam pattern, fees, application process and ongoing requirements.


3.       Understand the application process in detail. Evaluate yourself and make sure that your application fits in the eligibility criteria and is ready for the audit process.


4.       Take guidance from someone who has passed the exam recently and is ready to help.


5.       Try to leverage free resources available on the Internet and get a hang of sample questions and past experiences of folks who have appeared in the exam. Read blogs, articles and free books.


6.       Join any course/ training only when you have done the steps 1 to 5 mentioned above.


7.       Remember this exam will test your real life experience of project management by posting challenging questions on real life scenarios and situations, more or less like a driving license behind the wheel exam.


8.       At last, be prepared to put lot of hard work and extended study hours along with your job/ work. Training and exam fees should also be taken into account.

Some References:
http://www.pmi.org/en/Certification/Project-Management-Professional-PMP.aspx

http://www.pmi.org/certification/project-management-professional-pmp/~/media/PDF/Certifications/PMP%20Sample%20Questions.ashx

http://www.oliverlehmann.com/pmp-self-test/75-free-questions.htm

http://www.deepfriedbrainproject.com/

Books: PMBOK, PMP Exam Prep - Rita Mulcahy