Staying Sane While Preparing to Pass the PMP Exam


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  • Introduce myself and give some background on what my job is. PMP or CAPM
  • Has anyone gone through the application process yet?
  • Has anyone started the process yet?Let your contacts know your putting their name downIn order to apply for the PMP examination, you need to have amassed 4,500 hours of project management work experience. If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, the work experience requirement is greater at 7,500 hours of experience. You need to have completed 36 months (three years) of unique, non-overlapping project management experience… that is to say that if you’ve completed all of your 4,500 hours of project management experience within a 12 month window, that is not sufficient to apply to take the PMP examination.For each project that you have worked on during your career, you need to document the hours you have spent in each of the five PMI Process Groups. These groups are:Initiating the ProjectPlanning the ProjectExecuting the ProjectMonitoring and Controlling the ProjectClosing the ProjectAfter calculating the hours per Process Group for each project, you will arrive at a total number of project hours for that individual project. Once you have completed tallying your work experience for all of the projects you have worked on, you can then figure out the total hours that you have worked for all of the projects in your career. At this point, if you don’t already know, you will be able to figure out whether or not you have the requirements to apply to take the PMP examination. HANDOUT
  • What if your manager no longer works for the company you’ve filed hours for, and nobody at the company can vouch for your hours?What if you worked for your own company and did not report to anyone?What if the projects you worked on were top secret, government or military contracts for which you cannot disclose any information?
  • Study Plan: Different Types- 10 week, one week cram etc…Study Zone: with sufficient light, no television, family, pets or other distractions. Mantra: I am a smart competent woman and I am preparing to pass my exam
  • * The actual exam does not give you a % score.
  • I did not sleep and had dreams
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  • Staying Sane While Preparing to Pass the PMP Exam

    1. 1. Prepared by Meredith Culberson, MA, PMP
    2. 2. 2 Properly preparing your application, the audit process, and scheduling your exam.
    3. 3.  Using Excel etc. compile education and experiences dates/addresses and contacts  Personally contact any person you will list on your application  The application can be saved and re-opened at any time but will need to be completed within a set period of time. (6mo)  Recommended to start and complete in one setting  Triple check for accuracy! 3
    4. 4. “I was audited after paying for the exam, but before being allowed to schedule my test. In other words-I submitted my application, it was approved, I paid for the exam, then I was audited.” ~Tanya S  Three ways to fail an audit:  1. No Fault “Cannot verify education or experience through no fault of their own - No suspension period and cannot reapply until candidate can provide the experience hours and document them.”  2. Non-Compliance “Candidate chooses not to attempt audit - One year suspension period”  3. Fraud “Providing False Information - Permanently suspended from sitting for PMI exams.” 4
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    6. 6. • After obtaining the Eligibility ID email from PMI call or go to the Prometric website to schedule your exam. • Call Prometric if booking exam with a colleague. • Check the Prometric website for cancellation fees • Take into consideration how much time you require to study and schedule the exam IMMEDIATELY after you receive the Eligibility ID! • “Book the exam for when you personal Bio-Rythms are peaking and you‟re at your best” Farndales RESCHEDULE OR CANCEL YOUR EXAM… Timing 31 days or more before the exam Within 30 days – 3 days of exam Within 2 days of the exam* Fee No fee US$70 Forfeit the full exam fee *You are able to cancel your exam within 2 days of the appointment but you will not be able to reschedule your exam at this point. If you cancel your exam within 2 days of the appointment, it will result in a no-show status and you will forfeit the exam fee. 6
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    8. 8. • Create a study plan-and STICK TO IT! • Create a mantra you will repeat to yourself as you prepare. • Memorize formulas (write out everyday) etc • Eke out a „study zone‟ • Focus on „knowledge gaps‟ • Study process groups rather then knowledge areas • Read Farndales PMP & CAPM preparation guide.  Reward yourself when you reach a study goal  Take a refresher on answering multiple choice questions  Listen to classical music and smell peppermint essence to sharpen your intellect  Perform regular „Doubt Clearing‟ sessions with colleagues  Chew gum 8
    9. 9. Share with colleagues Schedule activities in addition to reading (flash cards, games) Check activities off as they are complete Schedule full practice exams Leave a buffer 9
    10. 10. • Calm music • Quiet Companionship • Collaboration • Study aids • Visual aids • Integrate into your life 10
    11. 11.  International Institute of Learning (IIL)  Mobile Aps for Apple or Google Play for Android  IIL Flash Cards $1.99  IIL PMP iCoach (lite-free, full $9.99)  LinkedIn Groups  PMP Exam Study Group  PMP-PMI (Project Management Professional)  Simplelearn‟s PMP Study Group PMP and CAPM Exam Prep  PM Prepcast*  PMP Formula Pocket Guide*  Formula Revision Table by PM Answer Book*  Head First PMP Exercises 11
    12. 12.  Technically a passing grade is 61% however, you will not be given a grade.  You will be given a rating of: proficient, moderately proficient or below proficient for each of the following: 12
    13. 13.  Use good quality & challenging exams  Complete tests on the computer  Aim to score between 85-95%  Integrate exams into study plan  Complete full practice exams with 4 hour time limit while sitting at a desk  Invest the time to review wrong answers in order to help identify knowledge gaps  Keep track of score/proficiency progression Oliver Lehmann Head First PM Study PM Final Rita 13
    14. 14. 14 Mentally and Physically preparing prior to the exam date
    15. 15.  Ensure you have all your documentation (passport, supplementary ID and other paperwork such as map to testing facility)  Travel (if necessary) to test facility location the day before you write  Do a test run to the facility to time travel time  Swim, work out, shop, sleep- whatever helps you relax  Eat a healthy dinner  Go to bed early  Get up and give yourself plenty of time  Eat a good breakfast with protein  Pack healthy snacks  Wear comfortable clothes 15
    16. 16.  Find a new perspective-will fretting now really make a difference?  Go for a walk  Play soothing music  Meditate  Breathe deeply  Stretch  Visualize passing the exam  Put your cell phone or other distractions away 16
    17. 17.  The testing facility will not be what you expect  Small building (PI: In basement)  Professional atmosphere  Tight security  Multiple test takers  Nothing personal allowed in room  Passport on table  Feet on floor at all times 17
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    19. 19.  Don‟t forget to chew gum, use peppermint essence, or repeat your          mantra As soon as you enter the room- brain dump The test begins with a tutorial- pay attention Be smart with your allotted time Take breaks every 50 questions-your body needs it Answer all 200 questions Test in the language you are most comfortable Leave time to review, but not too much as to second guess „Mark‟ if you are unsure of the answer Test is followed by a survey- deep breaths 19
    20. 20.  Email your boss or supportive colleagues to let them know you passed!  Begin re-certification process right away (Earning PDU‟s)  Make sure your address is up to date in PMI portal-your certificate will be sent here  Celebrate your success! 20
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    22. 22.  Project Management Professional (PMP) Handbook-PMI  Prometric what to expect FAQ  Farndales PMP and CAPM Preparation Guide  PM Hub:  Velociteach:  PM Study:  RCM Project Management:  Free test question everyday: 22
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