Tips for PMP PMI-001 Exam

General PMP Exam Tips

General tips – obtained from "PMP Exam Resource"

  • You should memorize all formulas, especially the Earned Value and PERT.
  • Practice eliminating the completely implausible options first.
  • There is no penalty for guessing; thus, do not leave any question blank.
  • There will always be those situations where you have no idea what the question is asking.
  • Use educated guessing to select the most appropriate option. Remember, you have only 80 seconds for each question. If you do not know the answer of a question, mark it and move on and revisit it later if you have time.
  • Answer the questions based on the PMBOK concepts first, then consider your experience.
  • If they are in conflict, the PMBOK wins.

    PMI Concept Oriented Tips

    PMI concept-oriented tips – (obtained from "PMP Exam Resource")

  • The project manager takes an active approach to the job by not waiting until a risk materializes and becomes a problem. This is an extremely important concept that might affect many questions on an exam. The project manager does not escalate problems to upper management or to the customer before fully analyzing them and identifying options.
  • When answering a question related to what the project manager should do in a specific situation, you should rephrase the question to: What is the first thing the project manager will do given such a situation and given his or her proactive nature?
  • Assume that lessons learned and historical databases are available. This might not be true in a real life situation.
  • PMI does not approve adding extra functionality without benefits or gold plating.
  • Project managers have all kinds of soft and hard skills.
  • The Work Breakdown Structures (WBSs) are wonderful tools.
  • Roles and responsibilities need to be properly defined.

    Tips for taking the PMP exam (Part 2)

    (obtained from "PMP Resources")
    Passing the PMP exam requires extensive preparation. Use the following tips and techniques as part of that preparation, which should also include developing a comprehensive understanding of the PMBOK concepts and terminology, practicing previous exam questions when possible, and attending a few project management-training courses.
    Question-oriented tips

  • There are certain questions that contain extra information. This information is irrelevant and it does not relate to the correct answer. Beware of such questions and remember it isn’t necessary to use all the information provided to answer the question.
  • Each question has only one correct answer. You need to select the most appropriate answer. Beware of choices that represent true statements but are not relevant. Be sure to read all the options before you select any one.
  • You need to answer the questions from a PMI perspective—not from your own perspective, which you acquired through experience. Remember that PMI is trying to present an ideal environment for project managers that might be different from your own experience.
  • Beware of answer choices that represent generalizations, which may be characterized by words such as always, never, must, or completely; these are often the incorrect choices.
  • Look out for choices that represent special cases. These choices tend to be correct and are characterized by words such as often, sometimes, may, generally, and perhaps.
  • The correct answer may not be grammatically correct.

    Tips on taking the PMP exam (Part 1)

    Tips on taking the PMP exam (taken from "PMP Exam Resource")

  • The PMP certification examination is a computer-based exam that is offered at PMI locations in the United States, Canada, and in other countries worldwide.
  • The exam is based on information from the entire project management body of knowledge. The Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” (PMBOK), which is published by PMI, provides an outline of the topics covered.
  • Because the exam is computer based, participants can find out how they scored by reading the detailed report on performance that is available when the exam is completed. Questions on the PMP exam are grouped by project management processes. The basic PMP exam is not industry specific. The PMI Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ), which tests your knowledge of a particular industry, can be added to certify your expertise in Information Technology Project Management, Establishing a Project Management Office, and Project Management in the Automotive Industry.

    Tips & Tricks in getting your PMP

  • treat this as a project: today is your start day and decide a target finish date
  • become a member of PMI – its is cheaper this way (read FAQ)
  • register on line and get your approval to write PMP exam within 3 days (read FAQ)
  • call your exam center and get an exam day
  • get hold of a PMP mock test and record down your score on each knowledge area
  • record your weak "knowledge area"
  • check the literatures to read for PMP (check FAQ) and its review .
  • important to know your own effective study style (do not just follow somebody’s advice to memorize ITTO)
  • go through the exam exercises as much as you can, use the PMP/CPAPM Daily Tips
  • study all the PMIism and for the exam’s sake try to believe in them
  • visit the exam center several days before the exam, get familiar with the area
  • get a good rest 2-3 days before the exam
  • during the exam: stay calm and after 10 minutes or so you will get your rhythm
  • always choose the best answer for all the possible right answer, eliminate those that are wrong
  • You should memorize all formulas, especially the Earned Value and PERT.
  • Practice eliminating the completely implausible options first.
  • There is no penalty for guessing; thus, do not leave any question blank.
  • There will always be those situations where you have no idea what the question is asking.
  • Use educated guessing to select the most appropriate option. Remember, you have only 80 seconds for each question.
  • If you do not know the answer of a question, mark it and move on and revisit it later if you have time.
  • Answer the questions based on the PMBOK concepts first, then consider your experience. If they are in conflict, the PMBOK wins.

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