# 10 Suggestions for PMP Course Aspirants

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First of all congrats to those all aspiring to be a PMP… for it is a great certification and also a greater responsibility when you handle projects.

Here are the guidelines.

1. Register on the PMI.ORG site for PMI membership by paying around 130

2. Being a PMI member will get you access to PMBOK handy guide which is very helpful for PMP.

3. Then contact any local PMP training centers…I did attend the boot camp with PMP course certification class in Singapore which was very good. The material and guidance given were great.

4. Now is the time you can buy books to assist you in your preparation. I would recommend Andy Crowe’s PMP Pass on First Try or Rita for reference. PMI site itself got lots of books and being a PMI Member gets you free access to 24*7 book store where you can find reference material on subjects like Risk Planning, Earn Value Management and Procurement

5. Once your finish attending mandatory training (boot camp) with any of the quality training providing institutions (my favorite is knowledgehut), please register for the exam having a date in mind. Check the PMI site for exam fee details.

6. Exam application itself is a lengthy process for you to map all your relevant project experience and education evaluation and the 35 hours mandatory course certificate you get from the boot camp. So have your details drafted out clearly as you start filling in the application form.

7. Now that you set your D Date in the calendar and pay the exam fee to the nearest center through Prometric website. Concentrate on your preparation

8. Read the 42 processes in the given order carefully. Concentrate and recognize the flow of each process and their inputs and outputs along with tools and techniques. Once you are done with it, write down the formulas at least 5 times to memorize. This will help you during the exam

9. Read PMBOK study material thoroughly once

10. Now is the time to take the online practice exams with 4 hours for 200 questions. Take this practice test seriously, for these tests help you get used to the exam tension. Check the online knowledgehut Mock Exams.

The Day before the exam, relax, read the process chart, formulas, glossary for definitions, eat well, and sleep early.

On the day of the exam, keep yourself tension-free, eat a good breakfast, and schedule an exam around noon so that you will have time to revise your formulas and processes chart and head to your exam centre well in advance. Don’t forget to take your photo id card and the exam letter you received from the Prometric centre. Besides everything put your experience and common sense and attention to best use for it will help clear PMP on the first try with your preparation and experience.

During the exam, try taking a break for 2-3 minutes after every 1 hour. This will not only help you get refreshed but also help you concentrate better during the rest of the exam. Try not getting distracted by anything around you. Use the tutorial time to brain dump any formulas or processes that you would like to refer to during the exam in the sheets given to you in the examination centre. Maintain utmost integrity and fullest attention in the best of 4 hours of your life that would bring in the most valued and cherished three letters behind your name: PMP!!!

Cheers and Best of Luck
Chi Wong

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## PMP Certification and Maintenance: A Truly Cost Effective Way

I posted an article at PM Hut on how cheap actually PMP certification and its maintenance can be. Thanks to PMHut for publishing it. The inspiration for this article came from HERE, a post by Pam Stanton, of Project Whisper. Cost, of course, is not the entire point of her article, but do form a major argument. With all due respect to Pam, I would like to politely point that PMP certification and maintenance is not at all expensive. Some excerpts from the article: “With all these options for PDU, I really do not believe in anyway that accumulating 60 PDU in a 3 year cycle is very difficult, without a hole in your pocket. Now, if you do not want to read or watch educational video or write an article or author a white paper or even minimally do a community service, you should seriously relook on the management job you are in. Added to that you are considering a job in a manager role in a high knowledge intensive 21st century! You might be in a wrong job in the 1st place!” As I found out PMP certification and its maintenance do not cost more than $2700 and that also considering a 40 year old career as well I am being generous with the amount here. For India, the price is somewhat low, as compared many countries and truth be told, I spent around$900 dollar! The amount I have mentioned includes the exam cost, 35 PDU cost for which I took a training, a PMI Chapter membership to form a study group and also the book by late Rita Mulchay. And I am still maintaining my certificate on, on my 5th year, without spending a dime! I have seen MBA courses on Project Management from various global institutes and the material is almost same as that PMBOK Guide. But the price is too high. Added to that the recognition from PMI is unmatched. I firmly believe PMP certification is still worth taking and pursuing and cost is not a factor at all !
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## How to Plan and utilize 4hours of PMP and other PMI Exams

If you are a good project manager, then definitely you better understand the power of proper planning. If you plan well, things will go well hopefully. You should also properly plan for the 4 hours of the pmp exam, if you are new test taker, you must be saying, man is this a joke, there are 4 hours and I have to complete 200 questions, very simple !! We are sorry, it’s not that simple as you may be thinking. There are no schedule breaks on the exam, which means, if you spend time in toilet or taking tea or any drinks or if you are a smoker and smoke a couple of cigarettes in one hour during the exam, the clock will not stop ticking for you, and there are high chances that you may get short of time during the exam. So isn’t it wise to plan the exam in advance and fully utilize the 4 hours of pmp exam. You can plan it according to your project management skills but I will give you a couple of tips. 1: Distribute the questions on hours and minutes. We know the pmp exam has 200 questions and 4 hours. So how to plan: A: In hours: 1 hour = 50 questions 4 hours = 200 questions. B: In Minutes: 1 hour= 60 minutes. 4 hours= 4*60= 240 minutes. Means for every question, you have one point some seconds. If you give one minute to one question 1 min= 1 question. you still will have 40 minutes left. 2: Concentration. This is very important to know about your psyche, if you are a type person that could concentrate through out the 4 hours of the exam and is normally distracted or loose concentration while taking breaks. Then do not take a break. But if you are opposite to the above then do take regular breaks, but again the breaks should be the plan breaks keeping in view point 1. So it’s wise to plan in advance to what kind of strategy to adopt on the pmp exam and other PMI exams, so be on top and not getting short of time. This post is also one of the works in progress post and will be updated as I recall other strategies and also while receiving feedback from other professionals. Now it’s your turn to answer below questions: What strategy you had adopted when you were appearing for the pmp and other pmi exams. What strategy have you planned for taking on the exam.
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