I think the biggest questions out there regarding preparation for the PMP® exam are:
- How long should I study for?
- What should I study?
Of course, the simple answer is, “it depends.” It depends on a few things. Here are some questions to ask yourself (and be honest) as you get ready for the exam:
- Do you practice project management every day in your current job?
- Do you plan on taking a Boot Camp course?
- Can you dedicate at least 10-15 hours a week to study?
- Are you a strong test taker?
If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, then I think a 3-4 month study plan will suffice. For every question you answered “no” to, add more time on. I know many colleagues of mine studied for a whole year because they had difficulty setting uninterrupted time aside to study. It is definitely not an easy exam, so you will have to make a time commitment. As for what to study, if you take a Boot Camp you will be provided with a copy of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) and study guides. Dissect these guides and learn the concepts inside and out. If you don’t plan on taking a Boot Camp, I would purchase the PMBOK® Guide and as many study guides and books you can find. Amazon is a great option for buying books because the reviews can help you find the best ones that will work for you. Well, I wish you the best of luck studying!
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