The PMP credential is not only globally recognized but also one of the most sought-after project management certifications. Many multinational companies and software firms prefer PMP certified candidates for project management positions. The eligibility criteria for PMP certification include project management and delivery experience of about 5 years, in addition to 35 hours of project management education (also known as 35 contact hours). This ensures PMP certified professionals to be well equipped with the right set of skills for navigating through the dynamics of the modern project-oriented workplace.
Preparation : It is recommended that you spend enough time reading the study material thoroughly. It is also important to plan your study such that you focus on some of the important concepts and have a good understanding of them. Read the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) guide thoroughly for all the topics, even if you are referring to other study materials which may be more concise and test-oriented.
Understanding Process Flow Charts: The process flow charts are available for the PMP exam from most institutes which specialize in PMP training. You can also alternatively prepare your own charts for each of the process groups and process areas and paste them on your wall where you can see them every day. Any type of diagrams or process flows are useful for understanding and retention of concepts. There are 5 process areas and 47 process groups for the PMP.
Keep Practicing: Practice taking tests which have the similar format and measure your performance in these tests before taking the actual test. Also, some techniques such as the elimination of choices and making right guesses can be practiced and perfected. Identify the areas where you are scoring low and prepare better for these areas.
Networking: Interact with other people who are preparing for the PMP exam on social media platforms such as LinkedIn and other forums, where you will be able to get some good study materials and useful tips and tricks. Also, interacting with other people who have already passed the PMP certification exam will help you gain a lot from their knowledge and experience.
Time Mapping: Plan your time based on how you will study all the materials and pace yourself such that you are well prepared before the test. Also, monitor your progress in terms of the test scores and whether you are able to complete the test within the stipulated duration of 4 hours.
Be positive :It is also important to be able to handle failure, as things might not always turn out the way you wanted them to be or in some cases. For example, you might score low while practicing for the test. It is important not to give up easily and keep working hard to improve on your weak areas and performing well again. One should remember that the PMP test is more like running a marathon and not a short 100-metre race. Therefore, a candidate is advised to be mentally prepared for the challenge. Enough practice before taking the actual PMP exam will make a candidate more comfortable with the pattern of the questions and also reduce the number of wrong responses or errors while taking the actual test.