HOW TO PASS PMP EXAM AT FIRST ATTEMPT
Passing PMP exam at first attempt seems to be a difficult hurdle to cross to many candidates. Many have been made to believe that the PMP exam is for the exceptionally brilliant candidates or project managers with vast experience managing complex projects. That is not entirely true, PMP exam is for those who are smart, and can demonstrate basic project management knowledge.
The PMP certification is targeted at project management professionals to demonstrate their experience in delivering projects successfully. The exam is centred on the application of knowledge covered in the PMBoK. The PMP exam is a 200 question objective style exams (25 questions are trial questions), candidates are expected to score approximately 65% to succeed in the exam as there is no official marking scheme or cut off mark made public by PMI about the exam.
To pass the PMP exam at first attempt, candidates should:
- Get trained by a certified PMP trainer: Training or boot camp is important for your success; however, you must be wise in deciding which boot camp to go. Not every trainer has the skills to impart knowledge, a good trainer/ instructor makes all the difference between success and failure. Again, ensure that you get your preparation sharpened by a good trainer. HARRYBAKER offers you the best hands in training. We have experienced project managers who have over 10 years’ experience in managing projects.
- Acquaint yourself with the PMBoK guide: The PMBoK Guide is all that you require alongside with your practice- based knowledge in project management. It is noteworthy to say the PMBoK guide is not to be memorized; candidates who memorize the guide cannot be guaranteed success. The exam is a test of best practice and so it only tests how you will respond to different scenarios as a project manager. The PMBoK as a guide is a necessary tool to succeed in PMP exam; you may, however, need the help of a tutor/ trainer to make practical sense of the guide with some level of simplicity.
- Focus on Best Practice: PMBoK guide is focused on standards and techniques that are acceptable globally. They are best practice and therefore, PMP exam candidates should have this point of view while sitting the exam. All scenarios should be taken as it would be addressed as a best practice and not what your organization does which may not yet be in conformity with these best practices.
- Have a Study plan: Having a study plan might be a good way to prepare. Have a structured plan on how to make use of PMP exam study guides, there might be need to practice some questions so as to get acquainted with the style of questioning and also the need to ensure that you have an understanding of the knowledge areas covered in the PMBoK alongside the 47 processes.