Five Study Tips To Prepare For The PMP® Exam

April14, 2017
by Emil Tarka

In conjunction with bootcamp training, self-study is crucial to preparing for your PMP® exam. At Tarka Consulting we provide you with all the tools you need to complete your preparation process, including a study guide, individualized study plan, and practice test questions. Along with the bootcamp training, you’ll be ready to ace the exam! We’ve compiled some study tips to help you in your preparation process.

Step One: Survey the Material

Plan to study one knowledge area from the PMBOK at a time, whether that’s one per day, one per week, or one per month – depending on how long you have before the exam. In each study session, before you begin, survey the material you’re planning to cover. Start by reviewing charts, graphs, and headings, so you understand the structure of what you’ll be learning that day.

Step Two: Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique is only one of many ways to structure your study time, but it can be highly effective. This technique involves breaking down your tasks into manageable chunks, which you tackle 25 minutes at a time, with 3-5 minute breaks in between. Set a timer for 25 minutes and shut off all distractions. When it rings, take a 3-5 minute break to walk around, clear your head, and then get back to it. Every 3-4 cycles, take a longer 15-30 minute break so you’ll feel refreshed. This technique will help keep you focused and fresh!

Step Three: Spaced Practice

Psychological studies have shown that a technique called “spaced practice” greatly increases your ability to understand and retain information. How do you implement spaced practice? Study the material for a reasonable period of time. Then review it several times, with increasingly long periods of time between reviews. One possible plan is to review the material in three minutes, three hours, three days, and three weeks: after this, you are likely to remember what you’ve studied for the long term. This will maximize the benefits of PMP® certification for practical application in your career.

Step Four: Summarize the Material

While you can pass the PMP® exam through rote memorization, that will simply add a credential to your resume, rather than adding value to your work skills. To go beyond memorization to real understanding, try summarizing each section from your reference sheets and textbooks in your own words. Keep the summaries brief, and compare them to the reference material to be sure you understand.

Step Five: Know When You’re Ready to Take the Test

How will you know when you’re ready to take the PMP® exam? The PMI doesn’t disclose exactly how many questions you need to answer correctly to pass the test, but a good rule of thumb is that scoring 85% on your practice questions demonstrates mastery of the material.

Do you want to get PMP® certified? Our bootcamp courses offer some of the best value for your investment of time and money that’s available – sign up for the next course today!

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