How Do You Choose?
To pass your PMP exam, you need exam prep training. You have hundreds of options. How do you decide which one is right for you?
The answer: start with your needs.
Question #1: How Do You Learn Best?
We each learn a little differently. Some of us favor self-study, while others favor group learning experiences. In addition, some tools help us more than others:
- Online lessons and quizzes
- Printed materials
- Audio recordings
- Live classroom
- A combination of multiple tools listed above
Question #2: How Should You Receive Your PMP Training?
Again, you have options:
- Group study
- A blended learning experience: self-study followed by live classroom learning
Blended learning gives you the most bang for the buck. Regardless of your "best" learning method, blended learning exposes you to multiple ways to learn to pass your PMP exam.
Question #3: Which Blended Learning Experience is Best for You?
The best blended learning experience for PMP training has these components:
Online Learning, Prior to Live Training
- 35 hours of online lessons
- Quizzes after most lessons
- Media center, with additional learning tools
- Simulated 200-question PMP exam, with answers and rationales
Printed Learning Tools to Use Before, During and After the Live Training
- Textbook (I prefer Andy Crowe's "The PMP Exam: How to Pass It on your First Try".)
- Fold-out Quick-Reference Guide, containing formulas, definitions and other helpful tips
- 250 flash cards, to help you drill on topics you'll find on the exam
- 6 audio CDs containing conversations with Andy Crowe and others, about how to pass the PMP exam
- I also add the current edition of the PMBOK, the Project Management Body of Knowledge, published by the Project Management Institute.
Live Classroom Experience
You'll learn how to pass the PMP exam in a live experience, where you listen, learn, discuss and practice. You will learn by studying, participating and doing.
- Student workbook
- Stories, from an experienced storyteller, author and speaker
- Case studies
- Examples, to apply project management principles to project management activities
Make an Informed Decision about Your PMP Training
- Start with your needs, including the ways you learn best.
- Compare the various learning options, using your needs as your guide.