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what should be my study plan for PMP Exam a step by step guide

What should be my study plan for PMP Exam a step by step guide

May, 31st 18

A focused approach with a well-planned study schedule is all you need to crack an exam in the first attempt. Having a thorough knowledge and good grip on PMP® related topics would be a bonus, so be sure to revise the basics.

Here are a few tips to help you ace the exam,




Look into the eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, exam dates and other significant details about the course/exam. Fixing on things blindly can get you into trouble and leave you frustrated. Be aware of even the smallest details; for they can’t be missed.


Avoid comparisons:


Refrain from comparing your preparation skills to that of other individuals; especially the ones who are more experienced unless it is for the sake of motivation or will do you good. Everyone learns at his/her own pace and as we know, no two minds are alike. Focus on your journey and know that you are your only competition.




Setting big targets on a monthly/ daily basis and breaking them down to easier ones at hourly basis is a sure formula. Stick to the plan and make sure it isn’t too tedious or you might end up giving in to the disinterest.


Enroll for the PDU training:


This will help you set the solid foundation for your goals and gives you something to work on. Following a proper schedule and referring to the course material provided is the first thing one needs to get used to.


Intensive preparation:


Once you are thorough with the basics and are keeping track of the ongoing topics being explained in the training, you can step up the game by delving into complex study materials. One way of getting through this part is to take up group study classes. Involving in PMP® related discussions will help you understand concepts on a deeper level.


Reading & Re-reading:


Start off by reading PMBOK® 6th addition and make a note of important equations or formulae. Mark through the topics that need extra attention and save it for the revision. Do not skip the revising part as it reveals many parts that you had trouble understanding or have missed in the first attempt.


Attend mock tests :


As scary as it may seem, a mock test can help you evaluate yourself and serve as a confidence booster. Take these tests and make sure you revise the topics you find yourself lacking in. Getting a 90% in these prepares you for the next level of this plan ie., the actual test.


 Practical application:


Read the PMBOK® book cover to cover and try relating each topic learned to a real-life situation. This will help you find some insight into the actual pattern of how project management affects a team’s growth.




While you are on a quest to absorb PMBOK® from one end to the other, you can make things easy for your brain by using the concept of correlation; that is, exploring other ways of learning the same topic. You can refer to other guides and PMBOK® simultaneously, it’ll help you learn things quickly as you are provided the same lesson but with a different perspective. 


Say no to memorizing and yes to understanding:


We often come across this advice, don’t we? Well, it’s time we apply it. Memorizing topics won’t help in this case, reason being, the questions that appear in the exam are based mostly on practical knowledge. You will be given a scenario with various reactions as answers. So, to answer that, you need to put yourself in the situation and learn the right or wrongs of the consequences.



Quick Tips for the Final Exam:


  • When you are ready to take the actual test, the most important thing to remember is to calm your mind and not let panic take over.


  • Questions that look complex can sometimes have a very simple answer to them if you choose to look closely without fearing the approach.


  • Practice with various examples and situations from different materials, it will help you get a good hold on the subject. It also improves your approach to the problems.


  • Tune in to YouTube videos on PMP® to understand the topics on a deeper level.


  • Avoid stressing over the final exam and be sure to take proper, mindful breaks during the study plan. After all, a healthy mind is what fuels the goal-plan and brings fruitful results to all the hard work one puts in.


Passing the PMP® exam can be difficult, but with the right amount of planning, efforts, and preparation, you can clear it with flying colors. While many exams require only technical knowledge, PMP® doesn’t work that way because it covers a wide range of topics and the candidate is expected to focus on every aspect of handling an entire team along with the necessities of a project. Be sure to take your time, rushing through the topics won’t help. In the end, it’ll all be worth the effort.



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