PMP examination is different from the school examination, whose content is not based on memory, but on understanding the concept of PMBOK, best practices, guidelines and project management framework. The PMBOK book is very thick and heavy, with more than 700 pages. It covers five process groups, ten knowledge areas and 49 process groups. The content is relatively large. Therefore, it is very important to make a detailed, feasible and time constrained preparation plan before preparing for the exam. The following is a appropriately safe PMP test preparation learning plan based on my test preparation experience, which takes about 180 hours. It takes about 8-10 weeks to study 20 hours a week (2 hours a day on weekdays and 5 hours a day on weekends).
The first stage:
To participate in the training, it is not recommended that you read books directly. The content of PMBOK book is very abstruse and boring, and it is difficult for you to understand without the teacher’s explanation. It is suggested that you follow the teacher’s course, understand according to your own practical work experience, and do the chapter questions of each chapter at the same time, consolidate the knowledge points of each chapter, and do not miss the wrong questions. After carefully studying PMBOK for the first time, the students can usually achieve a correct rate of about 60%, which takes about 60 hours.
The second stage:
In-depth review, read PMBOK carefully for the second time, organize PMBOK’s project management knowledge system and knowledge points with tables or mind maps, make notes on PMBOK in earnest, draw important knowledge points, and continue to do chapter simulation at the end of each part. Do at least 2 sets of complete pre-exam simulation questions to find out the test routine of PMBOK. After this stage, the accuracy of students can generally reach 65% to 70%, which takes about 60 hours.
The third stage:
In the sprint stage, do at least 3 sets of simulation sprint questions, browse all the previous wrong questions (including chapter questions) at least once, find out the reasons for their mistakes, and fill in the gaps. After completing 5 sets of simulation questions, list the possible test points of each chapter in a table, understand and memorize them. For the important chapters, such as integration management, cost management, risk management, quality management, schedule management and scope management, which are six key chapters of the examination, we should follow the video course to go back over the important chapters. We should know which knowledge point of each chapter to be tested when doing the exam. Before entering the examination room, we only need to strengthen the important knowledge points of each chapter. At the end of this stage, the correct rate of students can generally reach 70% – 75%, or even higher. This process takes about 60 hours.
These three stages are summarized as follows: PMBOK should be carefully read at least 3 times; Do more than 2,000 questions (chapter questions plus simulation questions); browse wrong questions at least 2 times. A knowledge point form sorted out and summarized by yourself and a table to check leaks and fill the vacancy make it a success to pass the exam.
This is a marathon without a shortcut. It is more difficult especially for those who have graduated for many years. Only by making enough efforts in the early stage, can you step into the examination room with more confidence. Just like when I step out of the examination room, I am confident that I can pass the exam.
1. Build PMBOK Project Management Knowledge System
In the process of completing the first stage of learning, we must establish a systematic thinking and understand the five process groups and ten knowledge areas of PMBOK. This is a complete set of theories. Grasp the framework of the whole book from the commanding point, and then sort out the context of each module in the whole framework. Finally, distinguish the priorities of the ten major knowledge areas, and reasonably allocate the preparation time according to the priorities, so as to understand and remember the required knowledge points.
2. Integrating Theory with Practice
PMBOK is a set of classic project management reference books, which is suitable for all walks of life. In the process of learning, I contact my own practical work experience, find out the non-compliance in my past project experience, take the knowledge of project management as the guidance, and review my project management work. When I encounter similar projects and situations again, how I can use the knowledge of project management to manage the project, which is the value of PMBOK. PMP Certification is not just a certificate. Practicing is better than learning. We can deepen our understanding of the project management system through mutual confirmation of theory and practice.
3. Understand, Summarize and Conclude
PMBOK is a book that emphasizes practical operation. It does not need to memorize by rote, but memorize on the basis of understanding. Learn to summarize and conclude the knowledge points. For example, you can compare the seven tools of quality management, analyze different scenarios, define key words, compare the formula of earned value management and understand discrepancies.
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