PMP Tips and tricks

1. PMBOK 5 Guide contains a chart of ‘Project Management Process Group and Knowledge Area Mapping’. Keep this chart in front of you while studying for the exam. It will help you to have exact understanding of knowledge areas, processes and how they integrate with the five process groups.

2. When you are reading PMBOK for the first time, make sure that you read the same chapter from Rita Mulcahy’s book as well. Rita’s book is written in detail with number of examples which will help you to understand the concepts.

3. Reading PMBOK guide once is not enough. You need to read it twice or thrice to have complete understanding of how the processes interact with each other.

4. Solve the practice questions and mock tests as many as possible. You will come to know different styles of questions asked in the exam like scenario based questions, code of conduct related questions, questions based on certain formulae, questions on ITTO’s, etc.

5. When you are solving the mock tests, try to analyze gaps in your understanding and revise those chapters. Practice questions provided at the end of every chapter in Rita’s book.

6. It is really difficult to sit for continuous 4 hours for the exam, so make sure that you have practiced it. Develop a strategy to have one or two breaks in the 4 hours without losing much time and focus.

7. As outlined by PMI, Planning, Executing and Monitoring and Controlling process groups have maximum weightage in the exam. So, be prepared for every process in these process groups.

8. Formulae and concepts of earned value management can help you to score easily. Make sure that you have good understanding of that.

9. Integration, Scope, Time, Cost and Quality are the most important knowledge areas having lots of processes involved in it. Do not keep any stone unturned to have full understanding of these knowledge areas. Rests of the knowledge areas are also equally important.

10. Join some forums or study groups where you can get clarification of your queries.

11. Download some PMP study and notes related apps on your mobile. You can easily overview concepts, definitions, ITTO’s even when you are moving.

12. Mark a question if the question is too lengthy or if you need some time to evaluate answer. You can always come back and solve it when you are done with rest of the questions. However, at least choose an answer also for the marked question. Probability is you have 25% chances that the answer is correct.

13. Do not keep any question un-attempted. Also, do not mark more than 25 questions for review.

14. As everyone says, relax a day before the exam. Don’t be tensed or worried. This is just an exam and not a ‘do or die’ situation. Just review your cheat sheets prepared and formulae.

15. On the day of exam, get all required documents with you and reach exam center at least 30 minutes earlier. Complete the formalities at the center and be calm to take the exam. Use the provided blank papers to dump all important charts and formulae within first 5-10 minutes. Start the exam and give your best shot! All the best!!