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thSmart Foundation Guide for PMP Certification Exam, based on PMBOK 5 Edition2Copyright noticeCopyright 2013 by PMExamSmartNotes.com.All rights reserved.Notice of LiabilityThe author and publisher have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information herein. However, the informationcontained in this book is given without warranty, either express or implied. Neither the author nor PMExamSmartNotes.com will beheld liable for any damages to be caused directly or indirectly either by the instructions contained in this book, or by the software orhardware products described herein.Trademark NoticePMI is a registered trademark and service mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.PMP and CAPM is a registered certification mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.PMBOK is a registered trademark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.Useful LinksThese are not bibliography but some of the resources you may find useful at the beginning of your study. PMI FAQ answers mostly asked questions with respect to certifications offered by PMI A brief overview of PMP PMP Handbook contains all information about prerequisites, policies and procedure to apply for PMP exam CAPM Handbook contains all information about prerequisites, policies and procedure to apply for CAPM exam PMP examination content outline PMI membership benefitswww.PMExamSmartNotes.com - Easy & Fast PMP Exam Preparation For Busy Working Professionals!
thSmart Foundation Guide for PMP Certification Exam, based on PMBOK 5 Edition3Table of contentsPMI Membership . 5Preparation . 5Research . 6Study Plan . 7My Recommendation for Study Resources . 8PMP Exam Application . 9Scheduling the Exam .10Audit .10Schedule Exam at Prometric Site . 10The Week Before The Exam . 11Create and Practice Brain-dump . 11Take Practice Tests . 12Scan PMBOK . 13Visit Prometric Center . 13www.PMExamSmartNotes.com - Easy & Fast PMP Exam Preparation For Busy Working Professionals!
thSmart Foundation Guide for PMP Certification Exam, based on PMBOK 5 Edition4Day of The Exam . 14Lessons Learned . 14Lesson 1: Do not ignore any Process Group or Knowledge Areas . 14Lesson 2: Practice at least a 1000 unique PMP sample exam questions . 15Lesson 3: Plan well for the last week before the exam . 16Lesson 4: Stay relaxed no matter what happens . 16Lesson 5: Hydrate yourself well on the day of exam . 16Lesson 6: Manage your time well during the exam . 17Celebrate! . 17Bonus . 17www.PMExamSmartNotes.com - Easy & Fast PMP Exam Preparation For Busy Working Professionals!
thSmart Foundation Guide for PMP Certification Exam, based on PMBOK 5 Edition5As you can imagine many of PMP concepts can be applied for this 'project' of taking PMP exam - such as planning, risk management,costing and budgeting. I am also going to share few tips that can save you time, energy and heartburn during the time leading up toyour exam.So let’s dive right in.PMI MembershipTaking membership from Project Management Institute (www.pmi.org) is the first thing to do the moment you decide to take up PMPexam. Why?Taking PMI membership has three distinct advantages 1. You get your free, legal copy of latest PMBOK guide2. You start becoming serious about the exam because now you have made a financial investment3. You get a discount on the examination fee, and your overall cost of owning PMP certificate is reducedThe PMP beginner's guide explains nuances of getting PMI membership, and more. You can refer to the guide here.PreparationThe suggested way by my seniors in the organization was to buy one of the well-known PMP books and then read PMBOK and thatbook one after the other at least 4-5 times, till I understood everything in it. This meant spending LOT of time reading, and re-readingeven if I didn’t get much in initial rounds.As I started studying for the exam I realized that PMBOK wasn’t one of the juiciest books you can read. Other books I researched aboutand bought were not all that great from a perspective of simplifying the subject. One book that came closest to the way I'd liked wasHead First PMP - but I found it to be a bit convoluted from exam perspective.www.PMExamSmartNotes.com - Easy & Fast PMP Exam Preparation For Busy Working Professionals!
thSmart Foundation Guide for PMP Certification Exam, based on PMBOK 5 Edition6Therefore, I decided to make my own PMP study notes.My goals for this preparation were 1. Get the PMP certificate with least time of overall study2. Make sure what I learn for the exam will help me do my job better as a project managerIn short, to learn the subject effortlessly and to be able to apply it on the job. Both these goals meant that I make my notes withadditional care (even if it took time to research concepts).I had taken quite a few professional exams (before and during my Engineering study, Management study, for technical certificationsand CSM certification). And during the course of these exams I had researched for and used effective study and note makingtechniques. "Why not use these techniques and make killer PMP notes" I thought to myself, "that I could then share with my friendswho wanted to take up PMP exam as well".With the above two goals and the raw inputs of my study notes PMExamSmartNotes.com blog was born.Almost immediately I realized that I had an enormous responsibility now and my exam preparation was not anymore limited to what Iwould do if I were to prepare for just the exam alone.I decided not to take up the exam until I finished the blog with all necessary notes, or else I might lose interest in completing it once Ipassed PMP. To add to this, PMBOK-5th edition based exam was just around the corner, and I wanted to be certified in the latest of thesyllabus, plus, I wanted my notes on the blog to be relevant to PMP aspirants for a long time.ResearchPMBOK book touched upon many a concepts but not in detail (such as EMV, Critical Chain Method). On quite a few tools andtechniques it only made a mention (QFD, quality theories, project selection criteria, and so on) but did not elaborate in a sense that Icould understand application of these tools and techniques. As I started looking at sample PMP questions, it also became clearer to mewww.PMExamSmartNotes.com - Easy & Fast PMP Exam Preparation For Busy Working Professionals!
thSmart Foundation Guide for PMP Certification Exam, based on PMBOK 5 Edition7that many of the formula based questions were not covered in PMBOK (Point of Total Assumption, Cost of Quality, Future Value, ReturnOn Investment and many more).Hence PMBOK, a bunch of PMP books such as Rita, Head First and others, and areas uncovered by studying PMP sample questions andthe INTERNET - became my inputs for the research and the output were my PMP study notes. These study lessons you will find on thisblog have been prepared with painstaking research over the course of more than an year with about 4-6 hours of daily effort (that’sover 2000 hours of research and blog development effort!). You would be vastly benefited by making use of these blog lessons foryour own PMP study, for they are the gist of everything out there, presented in a manner that is easier for the mind to grasp.When my PMP results came, the fact that I got 'Proficiency' level in three major areas - Planning, Execution, Monitoring & Controlling served me well with this research effort.Study PlanFirst of all, you need to make sure to have a good study plan. You have seen this as one of the Study Principles in my PMP Blueprint.By the way, if you haven't already I highly recommend you get your PMP Blueprint by signing up on the right side/bottom of the blog.This sets you on the right course of your journey to PMP certification. You'll also get tips for study and free resources as part of PMPBlueprint, so make sure you get yours now.I pretty much spent all of my spare time for preparing and building this blog and studying for PMP. Yours may of course differ.However, consistency is the key. Even 1-2 hrs a day is good to start with. Consistency builds momentum.Make sure you plan to give yourself at least 50 hrs of revision time (at about 4hrs per day) AND 1 week of sample tests time (at 4-6 hrsper day, more the better) right up to before the day of exam. If possible, take the week off from work before the exam.Make it a habit to make your own study notes as you study. This practice helps your mind focus on the subject, and gives you the braindump you need to create yours in the last week of the exam. More on this in just a sec.www.PMExamSmartNotes.com - Easy & Fast PMP Exam Preparation For Busy Working Professionals!
thSmart Foundation Guide for PMP Certification Exam, based on PMBOK 5 Edition8My Recommendation for Study ResourcesDo not choose too many study books and too many forum membership. This will distract you and wastes your valuable study time. Pick1-2 good study resources and join just 1-2 good forums/community, that too only to clarify your doubts.I would recommend the following 1. PMBOK - this is the Bible. You cannot just afford to ignore this book. Read twice at least, and scan through once in the final weekleading up to the exam2. Video series - Research has proven that our brain latches on to the information much better via video mode than just reading oreven listening. This has been my personal experience from preparing for a