Friday, October 1, 2010

PMP Exam - Lesson learned

PMP - A Lesson Learned
how to pass the PMP ? How to become a PMP ? How to get PMP ?:
  • As PMP needs a specific amount of Project Management experience as eligibility criteria, do first check up on the experience required and see if you qualify.

  • A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree, or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.
  • OR
    A four-year degree (bachelor's degree or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education
  • Get 35 contact hours online for PMP application
  • This is a tough exam and will require dedication, focus, determination and money to complete it. See if you can spare the 100 to 200 hours of study required in your busy schedule.

  • When you want to start your PMP journey, the first thing you need to do is to join PMI. This is not mandatory but no harm done in doing so. Think of it as something more to write in the resume.

  • Join any Yahoo group. The Yahoo groups I joined were pmpbest, PMPExamForum , PMP-PREP and PMPCERT. Both are filled with knowledgable individuals and well moderated. Keep discussing about the doubts you have on them and share your know-how too. Remember to adhere to PMI guidelines while interacting here.

  • Read the PMBOK for first time. The first time this will seem like reading a dictionary, but grin and bear it to understand the scope of the PMBOK. Just read it and store some facts in your head. Don’t try to make complete sense of what is written in it yet.

  • Register in a course for the contact hours required. I went for the lowest cost option and hence went in for PMPrepcast .Start accumulating the contact hours from the course.

  • Start the practice exams. Practice exams you can get from This is very good and questions are like actual PMP exam.

  • Start reading PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition) by Rita Mulcahy. The importance of this book cannot be stressed enough.

  • Once you get the approval letter from PMI, read PMBOK for the second time. Now if you have really read through Rita’s book, you will start understanding the details of the PMBOK. After PMBOK read Rita's book again. Stress on the LIFE CYCLE game.

  • If you are assured about your studying upto now, go ahead and register for the exam and fix up a date.

  • Read the PMBOK for the final time. While reading PMBOK for the final time, do take notes (on paper, plastic, napkins, computer, whatever) about the concepts you are still not clear about. Read Rita's book for the final time and attend final mock exams to see to it that now you have understood .

  • On the exam day, re-read the notes you made and appear for the exam. Focus on the ultimate objective.

  • Clear the exam and enjoy!!!

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