There are basically Seven steps or processes that every pmp certification aspirant has to go through before taking on the exam. Some steps have further sub-steps and a couple of these steps are optional but are recommended.
Step 1: Create a Free User ID in PMI website (Optional).
Step 2: Eligibility Criteria.
Step 3: PMI Membership (Optional).
Step 4: Submit Application and Project Hours.
Step 5: Submit Fee.
Step 6: Application Status response.
Step 7: Schedule Exam.
1. Build Your Vocabulary
You may already be familiar with a lot of the definitions and key terms that you need to know for the PMP exam but would you be able to recall a full definition of the Delphi Technique for example? Thinking back to your school/college days again, you may have used flashcards for this type of memory retention activity. Not only does this type of learning method help you prepare coming up to the exam, flashcards are also a great way to give you a quick memory buzz right before you step into the exam hall.
2. Download PMP Prep Mobile Apps
Almost everyone has a smart phone or another type of device you can download apps on. There are a host of both free and paid apps available on both android and iOS dedicated specifically to the PMP exam.
3. Test your knowledge with online PM quizzes
Think you know all the definitions you included in your flashcards? Great, now test that knowledge to ensure you fully understand the theory. Rather than writing out everything you know, a quicker way of testing your understanding is to create an online quiz which you can go through in a few minutes. If there’s chapter tests at the end of the book you are using, you can build your quizzes using this information.
If you’re using the Exam Time Quiz Maker, you can track your learning progress each time you take a quiz which will boost your motivation and confidence.
4. Practice according to plan
The key to successfully passing the PMP exam is practice. In order to adequately prepare for the exam, you need to develop a study plan. As a PM, developing a study schedule should be easy. The challenge will be actually following the plan based on all your daily work activities. We didn’t say it would be easy, but these tools can definitely help. The more you challenge yourself, the better your memory will respond to the increased activity. Even though your brain is an organ, it acts like a muscle; the more you exercise it, the better results you get.
Remember to develop and plan and follow it!
Traditional test taking tips still apply
You may have been given some guidelines for the day of your SAT test or college exams so remember to keep that advice in mind for your PMP exam. Wake up early, read all the questions, write everything you know – sound familiar now? Here are some more quick tips to follow on exam day:
- Have a balanced breakfast: Don’t eat anything risky the day before your exam and reduce your coffee intake as it will dehydrate you
- Check you have everything you need: Before you leave the house, make sure you have the essentials
- Don’t get carried away: Don’t spend more time than you planned on a particular section or question
- Use every minute: Go to the toilet before the exam and review your answers before you hand up your paper
- Stay calm: You’ve done all the work so far and know the information so keep focused
Technology is heavily used in the project management industry but it’s often missed in not included as part of the preparation for the professional exam. These are some easy ways you can incorporate a new way of learning into your PMP exam prep