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How To Budget Your PMP®
Exam Study Time

PMI, PMP, CAPM, PgMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP and PMBOK are trademarks of the Pr...
Studying for the PMP® exam is
going to take a big chunk out of
your day and you might be
wondering how you’re ever
going t...
One of the first things you should do is sit down and write out
everything you do during the day. This should include


...
Budget you time
 Bring structure so that you have a block of study time every
day without compromising your job or person...
Now that you know how much time
you spend on various aspects of
your daily life, you might be
surprised at how much time y...
Be sure to look at work projects that might take up extra
time and eat into other areas of your life.
 Are you going to h...
Remember, you’re working
for
your
project
management
certification
so consider this your most
important
project
and
manage...
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Studying for the PMP® exam is going to take a big chunk out of your day and you might be wondering how you’re ever going to find the time to do it. Between work and personal obligations, you might think you don’t have the time to study. Don’t be discouraged...

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  1. 1. How To Budget Your PMP® Exam Study Time PMI, PMP, CAPM, PgMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP and PMBOK are trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. PMI has not endorsed and did not participate in the development of this publication. PMI does not sponsor this publication and makes no warranty, guarantee or representation, expressed or implied as to the accuracy or content. Every attempt has been made by OSP International LLC to ensure that the information presented in this publication is accurate and can serve as preparation for the PMP certification exam. However, OSP International LLC accepts no legal responsibility for the content herein. This document should be used only as a reference and not as a replacement for officially published material. Using the information from this document does not guarantee that the reader will pass the PMP certification exam. No such guarantees or warranties are implied or expressed by OSP International LLC.
  2. 2. Studying for the PMP® exam is going to take a big chunk out of your day and you might be wondering how you’re ever going to find the time to do it. Between work and personal obligations, you might think you don’t have the time to study. Don’t be discouraged. 2
  3. 3. One of the first things you should do is sit down and write out everything you do during the day. This should include         meals, work, playing with children or family obligations, personal care, housework, recreation, your job and anything else that you spend your time on. And remember, you’re the only one that sees this list so don’t pad the time you spend on cleaning the house; nobody cares if you spend five minutes or five hours on it. Be realistic and honest as you assess your time and how you spend it. 3
  4. 4. Budget you time  Bring structure so that you have a block of study time every day without compromising your job or personal life.  If you plan to spend three hours per day on exam preparation but have to give up all your leisure time for it you’re probably going to fail.  Determine what time of day would be best to hit the books.  You might want to consider a quiet time in the morning before work to do your studies.  Choose a time that’s the least stressful for you, when you’ll have a minimum of interruptions and stick to the amount of 4 time you’ve blocked out for this task.
  5. 5. Now that you know how much time you spend on various aspects of your daily life, you might be surprised at how much time you have left over. Realistic time budgeting must allow for down time or you’ll eventually burn out so allow one full day per week to walk away from your work and studies and enjoy yourself. 5
  6. 6. Be sure to look at work projects that might take up extra time and eat into other areas of your life.  Are you going to have to sacrifice some study time in order to fulfill your work obligations?  Do you have a big project coming up next month? If so, you might have to think about rescheduling your exam and extending your study time.  When is your vacation scheduled? Don’t even think of using that vacation time for study!  Is there a family even such as a wedding or reunion approaching? 6
  7. 7. Remember, you’re working for your project management certification so consider this your most important project and manage it efficiently! 7
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