How to Study for Your PMP Exam

You know what to study for your PMP exam. Now, it's time to consider how to study.

Step 1: Set a Goal to Pass Your PMP Exam

Write this sentence on paper: "I (say your name) will pass my PMP exam by (enter a date)"

Now, sign it and date it.

You have just begun a project with this commitment:

  • Deliverable: passing the PMP exam
  • Due date: the date you wrote down
  • Accountable person: look in the mirror; it's you

Share your project with your co-workers, friends and family. They will hold you accountable. They will also do everything in their power to help complete your project and achieve your goal.

Step 2: Make a Study Calendar

Set time to study for your PMP exam. Make appointments with yourself. Share your appointments with your friends and family. They will hold you accountable. They will also clear the way so you can study.

Step 3: Execute - Follow Your Study Plan

Now that you have a goal, a deliverable, a due date, an accountable person and a study schedule, keep your study appointments. Watching Star Trek re-runs on TV will not help you. Find a quiet place, or wear noise-cancellation headphones. Use all of the learning tools at your disposal:

  • The PMBOK
  • Online lessons and quizzes
  • Online 200-question simulated PMP exam
  • Textbook
  • Flash cards
  • Quick-reference guide
  • Audio CDs
  • Workbook and notes from a live PMP course

If you have taken one of my PMP boot camps, you already have each of the study tools listed above.

When you can pass a 200-question simulated PMP exam with a score of 80%, three times in a row, chances are you are ready to sit for your real PMP exam.

When you pass, drop me a note at, so I can celebrate your success.