AT A GLANCE
Ashraf Fouad passed Project Management Professional exam. The following is his recommendation to prepare and pass the exam:
1. Read PMP® Handbook
You can download this handbook free from PMI®. This book is a MUST read for you to understand the PMP® Certification.
2. Attend PMP® course
There are two ways to obtain the 35 contact hours of formal project management education:
- Attend classroom training for PMP®;
- Online courses with assessment and issuance of a certificate.
The PM PrepCast™ is my choice. It is a great value. You can download it to your mobile phone to study wherever you like.
3. Purchase PMP® Prep Books
The following are the most highly recommended PMP® Exam prep books:
Try reading the comparison between the two books to find one which suits you most. In the end I chose Head first.
4. Becoming PMI® member
Be a member of PMI® to receive discounts on exams, re-examination and renewals plus the free PMBOK® Guide Guide pdf.
5. Download PMBOK® Guide Guide
As a member of the PMI®, you are eligible to download a free electronic copy of PMBOK® Guide Guide (A guide to the project management body of knowledge). There are also many good reference books for project management available for free.
6. Stick to a study plan
Establish your own “PMP® Study Calendar” of 4hrs/day and 5 days/week. Make the study plan yourself and stick to it. Don’t study in a relax mode. Work hard. Many PMP® holder mention that one can be certified in 3 to 4 months if you work hard.
7. Attemp PMP® practice exam questions
Search the internet for free PMP® practice exams and solve as many of them as possible.
8. PMP® Exam tips
- Language aid: Use the language aid if English is not your mother tongue language, the language aid is free and can sometimes help you get the answers easier.
- You have 4 hours to answer 200 questions in the exam, establish some milestones for the exam, e.g. 75 questions in 1 hour and move on quickly.
- During the 15 minute tutorial, it is advisable to write down your brain dump on the scrap paper provided.
- The method of elimination works best used for the PMP® exam, especially the tougher questions. Also, never leave a question unanswered. No penalty would be given for wrong answers.
- Read the last sentence of long questions to know what it require before reading the whole question.
- When a question ask you what will be used for a process, it is asking you to pick the correct inputs, tools and techniques for the process.
~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Ashraf Fouad