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PMP Exam Tips
"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." Benjamin Franklin
PMP Exam Format
The following provides an outline of the PMP exam content and provides the percentages of questions related to each knowledge area:
PMI's PMP Exam Content Outline
What to Study
“I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older;
then it dawned on me... they're cramming for their final exam.” George Carlin
Below are some tips and things to know for the exam.
- 5 process groups
- 10 knowledge areas
- 47 component processes
- process interactions
- Inputs - documents or documentable items that will be acted upon
- Tools & Techniques - mechanisms applied to inputs to create outputs
- Outputs - documents or documentable items that result from a process
- Memorize the formulas.
- WBS is the big picture of project deliverables. It is NOT the activities of the project but the components.
The WBS helps the project team & project manager create accurate cost & time estimates.
- Understand the project manager's role is to proactively prevent problems.
- Understand that planning is an essential part of the project manager's role.
- Know the definition of a project.
- Many scenarios present extraneous information (much like real life). You will need to disregard the irrelevant information.
- Read carefully during the exam. The questions will try to trick you by providing correct statements which do not answer the specific question asked.
So pay close attention to details.
- Understand what gold plating is and that it is not acceptable practice.
- Padding estimates is not acceptable practice.
- The project manager is ultimately accountable to delivering within the budget. Thus, budgets must be realistic
and agreed upon.
- According to PMI, project management skills are transferable to any industry.
- Know how to create a network diagram.
- Know how to determine critical path.
- List all possible paths for a network diagram so you don't overlook any. (This is a good tip from Rita Mulcahey's PMP Exam Prep.)
Then calculate duration to find the critical path.
- Know how to determine float.
- Tasks on the critical path have zero float.
- Understand schedule compression, fast tracking, and crashing techniques.
- Understand the logical relationships between tasks (FS, FF, SS, SF and lag).
- Understand that change must be managed and know how to evaluate the "triple constraints" for any/all requested
changes to the project.
- A good tip from www.TechRepublic.com is that the correct answer may not be grammatically correct.
- Review reasons why many fail the exam: 5 Ways to Fail the PMP Exam.
- Assess your readiness by taking practice quizzes.
- When taking the exam, there is no penalty for guessing. So be sure to answer every question.
"PMP Exam Tips" as published on Way2PM.com,
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