Tips on PMP Certification Exam
If you just heard about the PMP Certification Exam, we strongly recommend that you watch our Slideshow and take your time to read it over until you feel comfortable about the basics:
If you don't have the necessary Work Experience to apply for the PMP exam, you might fullfill the requirements for the CAPM certification in Project Management.
Interested in learning more about CAPM Exam? Check PMI web site for more: CAPM Exam »
One of PMI ways to ensure the integrity of PMP certification is by auditing applicants throughout their programs.
Since the PMP Exam audit selection process is completely random, you shouldn't waste your time listening to and worrying about the rumors of profiling or trigger conditions.
If you provide false information on your PMP application and you fail an audit because of it, you will be permanently suspended from sitting for any PMI exams. And they truly do mean forever.
During the application process your chances of being audited are low but real (10% to 15%). They drop dramatically after certification. Focus on making sure your information and actions are aligned with passing an audit from the start!
Most candidates are amazed at the amount of hours they spend filling out the PMI application. Be prepared in advance: Mark down a Satuday or Sunday on your calendar to fill out the application.
Our PMP courses have a Final Test. This test has 25 multiple-choice questions, and you have to answer a minimum of 17 correctly to pass. You can take the Final Test as many times as you want, at no extra charge.
The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you'll know if you are getting audited or not. The audit process takes time so start acting like a real project manager: Plan for it in your forecasts.
You may want to take membership of Project Management Institute (PMI) before you apply, as it will save you on the application fee. You'll also get a free PMBOK Guide in electronic format.
By applying to take the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam you also automatically agree to comply with the Project Management Institute's (PMI) audit terms. The PMI clearly writes about this in the PMP Credentials Handbook.
Start out by reading the PMP Credentials Handbook to gain a basic understanding of the audit process.
Interested in learning more? Go to PMI website in the Career Development section.
According to PMI there are three ways that you can fail an audit:
PMI audit selection process is completely random, so don't waste your time listening to and worrying about the rumors of profiling or trigger conditions.
The audits are completely random and you will be informed via email that you have been selected. This email is usually sent to you very shortly after you submit your application.
Your chances of being audited are low but real. Focus on making sure your information and actions are aligned with passing an audit from the start!
The audit package contains the details that you have submitted for each of your projects on your application. It also contains further instructions. You will now have to do the following:
PMI will inform you about their audit decision via email. Should you fail the audit, then PMI will refund the money that you paid for the PMP Exam minus an administrative fee of $100.
The sooner you submit your audit package, the sooner you'll get your candidate ID. PMI is usually rather quick in processing your audit documents after you send them in. It can take as little as 4-10 days.
Our recommendation is that once you are ready to submit your application to PMI, submit it first to your primary contacts. Ask for their comments and if they don't agree then you can make changes before you send it off.
Taking the PMP examination is one of the biggest steps you'll take in your career as a Project Manager and one of the most daunting. A "plan" is what you need most.
In our Members Area we provide a PMP Study Plan that has worked for thousands of successful candidates. Fill in your start date and it will give you your exam date if you follow our plan. You can also adjust the study durations for each Chapter so you can reduce or extend the plan at your convenience.
The PMBOK, and by extension the PMP certification exam are based on an "ideal" project organization. Understand this at your starting point and everything else will make sense over time.
Plan to start studying at least six months out. That way you don't have to cram all of your preparation into the last few weeks.
This is particularly important for returning students. Don't despair if you don't have six months. Most preparations take 2 to 4 months.
Use the PMBOK but also another book as a reference. We recommend Rita's book (PMP Exam Prep 7th Edition by Rita Mulcahy) because this is the best selling (and most popular) book on the market to help you prepare for the PMP exam.
There are a number of websites devoted to statistics, quality tools, net present value, time value of money, critical path and earned value management. You should stumble upon them at the early stages of your PMP prep, not towards the end.
Depending on your home situation, trying to study there might not work for you due to continuous interruptions. The key is to be completely away from interruptions. It’s hard, but all the studying pays off for the family!
In our Members Area for Platinum and Diamond packages we provide a list of 47 PMP formulas, 19 numerical values and 27 acronyms that you need to know. Do a brain dump of the formulas before every full length simulation exam.
The PMP exam includes many situational questions. Your experience will help you understand the situations to better answer the questions. However, consider this before answering questions: The correct answer is what PMI says it is, not necessarily what happened on your projects or in your organization.
Do a time check after completing a small subset of the questions (15 – 25) to see if you are on pace. If you find yourself spending too much time on one question you should mark it for later review. If you are planning on 10 minutes for breaks and 30 minutes for review then you will need to complete approximately 1 question per minute.
The PMP Exam does not penalize you (with negative scores) for wrong answers. So never leave any question unanswered.
In our Members Area we have an online PMP forum that you can join. Here you can communicate with other PMP students like yourself. These forums are generally a good place to find help and encouragement as you prepare for your PMP exam.
On our PMP Forum there is a wealth of information about specific study tools. You will learn exactly what happens from the moment you walk into the exam room until you leave it from the point of view of someone who has actually been there. .
How can this forum help you even AFTER you successfully pass the PMP Exam?
On the forum, PMPs will also suggest the best time to take the exam, as well as letting you know the specific "Do's" and "Don'ts" of effective exam preparation.
Our forum members are either PMP candidates or have already passed the PMP exam but participate to help new aspirants.
Start using the Forum as soon as you register for any of our Gold, Platinum or Diamond packages. Don't wait until the last weeks of your PMP Prep to establish contact with other members.
One of the main elements of the application is the Work Experience. To expedite the calculation of the detailed breakout of your work experience hours by category, use an Excel spreadsheet. Also ask our Forum members how they calculated their PM experience based on the 5 PMP process groups.
Our forum members can also provide their own Study Plans and advice on how they studied for the PMP exam.
Start interacting with members as early as possible. Don't be shy ! You have more in common than you think !
Get your 35 Contact Hours Certificate with our PMP training packages (Gold, Platinum, Diamond)
We will not release any information about the Final Test to you before two weeks. It would be against the PMI Code of Ethics. The instructions for the Final Test are given in a PDF file in iTunes.
Our Final Exam has 25 multiple choice questions.
Our Video training offers over 38 hours of quality PMP training, and once you pass our online test you will receive a 35 Contact Hour certificate which is recognized by the PMI (as REP # 3023 - OSP International LLC).
In the PMP Handbook, the PMI suggests that Contact Hours be obtained from one of the following types of education providers:
One Contact Hour is equivalent to 60 minutes of relevant project management instruction. You must complete all 35 hours prior to submitting your PMP application.
Not all project management trainings are eligible for earning Contact Hours. In order to be "relevant," the 35 hours of training you get must cover the following topics:
For each course claimed, document your successful completion by retaining copies of certificates, exam results, and/or class transcripts. Our PMP courses will provide all that information at the end of your training.
As soon as you finish your PM training submit your PMI application. The sooner you submit the sooner you'll know if you are getting audited or not. The audit process takes time so start acting like a real project manager and plan for it in your forecasts.
You don't have the PMBOK Guide? You may want to take membership of Project Management Institute (PMI) before you apply, as it will save you on the application fee. You'll also get a free PMBOK Guide in electronic format. Otherwise you can also buy it on PMI web site or even on Amazon.com
Congratulations on your hard work and earning your PMI certification! Now that you are a credential holder, you are expected to adhere to PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) to maintain your PMI credential.
Plan to get at least 20 PDUs every year. This way you can accumulate 60 PDUs every 3 years and maintain your PMP status without rushing at the last minute.
PDU stands for "Professional Development Unit". Technically PDU and "Contact Hour" are NOT the same! Here is the difference:
In fact all PMI credentials (PMP, PgMP, PMI-SP, PMI-RMP) require a specific amount of PDUs per 3-year certification cycle. Those requirements might be different for each credential, so visit PMI web site to find out more.
The PMI defines several categories of PDUs for maintaining your PMI credential:
A large majority of PMI Credential holders fall further and further behind obtaining their required Professional Development Units (PDUs) for maintaining their hard-earned certifications.
As of March 2011, the PMI changed the Professional Development Unit (PDU) category structure. To learn more check out: PDU Courses »
Go to PMI's Continuing Certification Requirements System (CCRS) web site to claim your PDUs.
Use your PMI account to claim your PDUs. Keep your username and password after you pass the PMP exam.