FAQ - How Should I Study, to Pass My PMP Exam?

The PMP exam covers a wide array of information. How will you ever get on top of it? 

Here are steps to your success:

1. set your goal

Every project has three basic components:

  1. A deliverable
  2. A due date
  3. An accountable person

Complete the following sentence:

I, (say your name), will pass my PMP exam by (state the date). 

Write it down. Sign it. Share it with your friends or significant other. Ask for their support to achieve your goal. 

Here's your commitment:

  1. Deliverable:  taking and passing your PMP exam
  2. Due date: the specific date you specified above
  3. Accountable person: you

2. Make time to study

After the live PMP boot camp, many students return to their regular routine. They tell themselves they will find time to study, but life happens and their study time slips away. 

You make appointments with others. Make study appointments with yourself. Show your appointments to your friends and family. Ask for their support in keeping your self-study appointments. They already want to help. Now, you've shown them how they can help.

3. Study the textbook, lessons and quizzes

Whether you have online learning tools or a textbook, study each lesson and take its quiz until you routinely score 80% or greater.

4. Build a brain-dump sheet

Starting with a blank piece of paper and a pencil,

  • Draw the matrix of Process Groups and Knowledge Areas
  • On a new piece of paper, re-draw the Process Groups and Knowledge Areas, and label each of the Process Groups
  • On a new piece of paper, re-draw the Process Groups and Knowledge Areas, and label each of the Knowledge Areas
  • On a new piece of paper, re-draw the Process Groups and Knowledge Areas, and enter each process, one Knowledge Area at a time

On a separate piece of paper, list all of the PMP formulas you have studied. You'll find them in the PMBOK.

On a separate piece of paper, list all of the PMP acronyms and their definitions you have studied. You'll find them in the PMBOK.