Several Days Before Test – What to Do?
The PMP® Test date is drawing near, time to get prepared for the big day. Follow the tips below to ensure you stay in the best conditions for the exam.
- Sleep well the night before
- Plan ahead when you will take a break
- Take care not to fall ill
- Try to visit the exam centre beforehand
- Take time off before the exam day
- Skim through the study notes you have prepared
- Glance through The PMBOK® Guide glossary
- Practice more mock exams if you have time
- Do exercise
On the Day of Test – What to Do?
Today is your big day. Don’t worry and be confident. Several hours later, you will get the respected PMP® after your name.
- Arrive at the exam venue early
- Bring a jacket/coat, the exam venue may be cold
- It is better not to put anything in your pockets, the centre staff will require you to show your pockets
- You should be dressed comfortably and confidently
- Report to the exam venue staff if you arrive early
- You may use the headphone provided by the centre staff if you are sensitive to noise
- You should eat before the exam
- You may bring a snack to the exam centre and store it in the locker
During the Test – What to Do?
Only 4 more hours to go, but this is the most important moment for your whole PMP® preparation. Know your strategy and know the exam skills. Rock the PMP® Exam!
- Stay positive, have confidence in yourself
- The first few questions may seem more difficult, keep calm and move on
- The real exam might take you more time than practice exams
- Read all the questions carefully
- Even if you don’t know the answer, try to fill in an answer before moving on
- Relax by breathing deeply
- Begin the exam tutorial before creating the braindump
- Stay calm
- Try to write down a braindump if that helps
- Break down the PMP® exam into 4 sets of mini exams
- Take a break to help refocus
- Simile to relax
- Look out for tricky questions
- When seeing the words “except”, “never”, “best”, “most likely” etc., watch out!
- Review all formulas questions
- If time is running out, no need to mark questions for review
- Try not to change your original answers too frequently
How If I Failed the PMI® PMP® Test?
Even with the best preparation, sometimes things just do not work. Don’t be discouraged. There are many successful PMP®s who have walked this way. According to unofficial sources, the fail rate is as high as 40%. Let the lessons learned from those who fails the first attempt accompany you through this hard times:
- Don’t worry, there are two more chances to take
- Try to study from the basics for the second preparation
- Try to relax first, e.g. going on a trip