There are a lot of articles that new PMPers write on social media about their PMP preparation roadmap. In other words, what they did to prepare for the big PMP exam. In today’s article, I will shed some light on my PMP roadmap and what I did to pass not only the PMP exam, but also the PMI-ACP.
I passed my PMP exam on August 5th. I scored very well in the 5 domains and none of which were Below Target. Here are the steps I took to pass both exams.
The PMBOK is literally the bible of project management and you must know it in and out. In fact, many PMP questions that you will see throughout the exam are based on its content. I read the PMBOK two times. Although it is very dry and a bit boring, it is a must-read to pass the exam. Make sure to read over the glossary and all the definitions and vocabulary. I have noticed that some questions are pulled right out of the definitions, so this really helped!
So, GO through the PMBOK a second time. You will be surprised at the amount of content and things you may have skipped over or didn’t understand the first time around.
Rita provides you with a great source to understand the project management processes. Her book is not as dry as the PMBOK and is more interesting. I read this book twice. As you read a book again, you pick up so much more info than you do the first time around. Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep will give you another perspective on taking the test along with tips and exam practice questions.
Although I did not buy into the Izenbridge training program, I heavily watched their videos on Youtube to understand specific areas of project management. The videos really dive deep into the topics and add a huge amount of learning value! https://www.youtube.com/user/izenbridge
Cornelius Fichtner does a great job at explaining the how-to’s of project management. In addition to great videos, the simulator was the real goldmine! When I took the PMP exam, there were a total of 9 practice exams, all of which, I took at least twice. For a complete month, I woke up 3 hours before work and would take a practice exam. This was a brutal month, but so worthwhile! I made sure to score at least 85% or higher on his exams to feel confident to schedule my PMP Exam. One of the most valuable things on his simulator was the explanations to the questions. When I would go through and correct my exam, I would go over each question and review each question. The questions I had the most difficulty with, I would create a shortlist of topics to review. I could then later go back into the videos and / or the PMBOK and dive deeper.
There are many social media groups out there that have the same goal, pass the PMP exam. Facebook has some high-quality groups. Linkedin has a couple of really good ones as well. Additionally, for specific questions pertaining to the exam, I would sometimes find great answers on Quora and on Reddit. Don’t forget about these two valuable resources! There are a lot of professionals out there who are sharing well-written answers to your questions!
I can’t emphasize this enough! First memorize the formulas; second understand how and why they are used. Grab some Youtube videos and other books and activities to practice using the formulas.
I can’t emphasize this enough. It is one thing to read the PMBOK, but another to do the questions. The PMP exam questions are full of fluff, so you really have to read the question and eliminate all of the excess info. Practice, practice, practice doing exam questions. You will notice that your speed at reading questions and identifying the important information becomes much faster. You will also notice that you become less tired when taking the exams. One great resource to test your knowledge is Oliver Lehmann’s Self-Assessment Test. His test is no joke. If you score well on his test, you are on the road to a successful PMP exam result.
Score high on practice exams. I know that this is a no-brainer, but you should really set a goal to get a certain score on your practice tests. Although we do not know the exact passing score of the PMP, some say it’s 62%, others say it is upwards of 80%, you should always aim to score high. You want to guarantee that you will pass the test the first time around.
Get used to creating a braindump. Although you cannot use the tutorial time anymore to create your braindump, just start the exam and jot your formulas down. It took me roughly seven to eight minutes to write everything down, but well worth it. The test is mentally exhausting, or at least was for me, so having the formulas and other information I deemed relevant on the brain dump was extremely valuable. One thing I would do when practicing on the exam simulators was to click “start exam” and then quickly jot down the info I wanted to have.
Here are some links I put together to help you in your PMP Preparation. There are free exam questions written by reputable authors plus some other valuable resources:
Now that was my PMP Preparation Roadmap. Are you ready to create yours? If you have done your due diligence and really committed to studying, you should be fine and ready to take the PMP Exam. You can pass the PMP! But remember, preparation is the key element. If you have any questions, comments, or have more items to add to the list, make sure to send them. For more get certified articles, access the Get Certified Articles Page.
Cheers and Best of Luck on your PMP Exam!
Check out my Slideshare PMP Preparation Roadmap below.