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PRINCE2® Exam and Certification Guide

PRINCE2® (PRojects IN a Controlled Environment) is widely considered to be one of the leading project management methodologies to run successful projects. It is a simple, light weight, scalable, flexible, highly tailorable, principle driven and agile enabled framework to run your projects effectively and efficiently. PRINCE2 revolves around the core concepts of principles, themes and processes which can easily fit into any project environment across enterprises and industries.PRINCE2 Certification LevelsThe PRINCE2 certifications are offered by Axelos and comprise of the PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner credentials.PRINCE2 FoundationThe PRINCE2® Foundation certification is the first level of the PRINCE2 suite of certifications. This credential intends to confirm your knowledge and understanding of the PRINCE2® method and validate your ability to work effectively with or as a member of a project management team working within an environment supporting PRINCE2®. The PRINCE2 Foundation covers the following learning objectives:  Structure and key terminologies of PRINCE2 method  Characteristics and context of a project  Benefits of adopting PRINCE2  PRINCE2 principles and themes  Purpose, objectives and context of PRINCE2 processes  Purpose of PRINCE2 roles and management products  Tailoring PRINCE2 to organizational and project needs  Preparing for the PRINCE2 Foundation examPrerequisites for appearing for the PRINCE2 Foundation examNo prerequisites are mandated for this exam. The credential is a good starting point for professionals new to PRINCE2®. Process to follow to get PRINCE2 Foundation certified: 1. Get trained Get the 16-hour training through a Certified Partner of AXELOS and PeopleCert or self-study 2. Take the PRINCE2 Foundation exam Schedule your certification exam using the eligibility code you receive from PeopleCert. Take the 60-minutes online test and score a minimum of 55% to pass the PRINCE2 Foundation exam. 3. Get PRINCE2 Foundation certified  Download the e-certificate. You are now a PRINCE2 Foundation certified professional. Exam Details: Multiple choice  60 questions  1 hour to complete the paper  Achieve 33 or more out of possible 60 marks (55%) to pass the exam  Closed book exam The Foundation exam tests the candidates’ ability at Knowledge and Comprehension level, which means that candidates will have to recall the terminologies/definitions and also interpret the given questions correctly. This exam is pretty simple if you are well prepared.  Tips & Tricks to pass the PRINCE2 Foundation exam Read the study materials to get a complete understanding of the PRINCE2 methodology and concepts. ‘Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2® 2017 Edition’ is one of the most important reference materials for your preparation. Practice extensively. Practice two sample question papers given by the governing body. Validate the answers with the answer rationales. Please visit: to download the sample papers.  Practice the sample papers along with other learners (in groups) if possible.  Read each question thoroughly (at least twice) before answering the questions.  Seek help and advice from your trainer/facilitator/coach to get the concepts correct during the training or before the examination.  PRINCE2 PractitionerThe next level after the Foundation is PRINCE2 Practitioner. The designation is offered by AXELOS to practitioners who demonstrate their understanding by passing the rigorous PRINCE2 Practitioner exam. The credential helps professionals apply and tailor the PRINCE2® method, its principles, and themes to diverse projects and guide projects through their lifecycles.The PRINCE2 Practitioner covers the following learning objectives:  1. Applying and tailoring the PRINCE2® method to diverse projects to bring in project flexibility  2. Applying the PRINCE2® principles across projects Providing business justification for the project  Building on experience from previous projects  Understanding project roles and responsibilities  Managing a project by breaking it into chunks  3. Applying principles, themes and processes to a project  Providing business justification for the project  Building on experience from previous projects  Understanding project roles and responsibilities  Managing a project by breaking it into chunk Building a business case to justify project continuity  Keeping track of all roles involved  Defining project quality  Planning targets  Handling change requests  Tracking project progress  4. Creating and assessing management products  Managing, executing and delivering work packages  Managing stage boundaries  Creating reports and record lessons for next stage  Delivering products to the customer  Prerequisites for appearing for the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam To qualify for the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam, you must have at least one of the following certifications: PRINCE2® Foundation or higher (applicable only to certificates obtained after 1 January 2009) Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® IPMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director) IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager) IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager) IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate) Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) Process to follow to get PRINCE2 Practitioner certified1. Get trained Take the 16-hour PRINCE2 Practitioner training from a Certified Partner of AXELOS and an accredited training organization (ATO) with PeopleCert®. 2. Take the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam Schedule your certification exam using the eligibility code you receive from PeopleCert. Take the 60-minutes online test and score a minimum of 55% to pass the PRINCE2 3. Get PRINCE2 Practitioner certified Download the e-certificate. You are now a PRINCE2 Practitioner certified professional. Exam Details: Duration - 150 minutes (2.5 hrs)  Questions – 68 Objective type questions  Pass mark – 38 out of 68 available, or 55%  Use of textbook - Yes (only the official PRINCE2® manual permitted ) The Practitioner exam will now test candidates on all parts of the PRINCE2 method (Principles, Themes and Processes). The Practitioner exam tests the candidates’ ability at application and analysis level.  Tips & Tricks to pass the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam Make sure to get the Foundational concepts of PRINCE2 right, before taking up the Practitioner exam.  Read through the PRINCE2 Manual at least once before the exam.  Practice two sample question papers given by the governing body. Validate the answers with the answer rationales. Please visit: to download the sample papersPractice the sample papers along with other learners (in groups) if possible.  Though PRINCE2 Manual can be used for the Practitioner exam, use it scarcely. This will save a lot of time during the exam.  Time each question to two minutes or less. This will provide some free time to revalidate the answers at the end.  During the exam, imagine yourself to be a part of the project scenario.  No assumptions to be made while answering any questions. Just stick to the project scenario.  Leave aside practical experiences during the exam. Stick to PRINCE2 ways of managing projects.  Read each question thoroughly (at least twice) before answering the questions.  Seek help and advice from your trainer/facilitator/coach to get the concepts correct during the training or before the examination.Sample Papers example found on Axelos  An examinee will be provided with a Scenario booklet and Question booklet for this examination. A hypothetical project scenario will span about two pages. 68 questions revolve around the scenario and tests the ability of the exam taker on the PRINCE2 concepts of Principles, Themes, Processes and Tailoring. Question Composition:  First 8 questions are based on Principles.  Next 35 questions will be based on Themes. Five questions will be asked from each Theme.  Remaining 25 questions will revolve around Processes.  Tailoring questions are infused across the above mentioned three categories.  Question Format:  Broadly, two types of question formats appear in a Practitioner paper. First one is an MCQ based question and answer and the second one is Match the following.  MCQ format: Match the following format:Exam Approach  As a first step during the exam, it is recommended to spend 3 to 5 minutes to read the first page of the scenario booklet and get the gist. Make a summary of the scenario.   This summary can include scope of the project, project exclusions, time, cost, tolerances, stakeholder information, number of stages etc. This will increase the probability of choosing the right answers.  Additional information provided in the scenario can be read later when required to save time.  In the question booklet, the heading of the topic under which the question is asked will be clearly mentioned. This makes the examinee’s work super easy.  ‘Match the following’ questions will have three questions but six answers. One should carefully examine and choose the right answer.  In the ‘MCQ based’ questions, every question starts with a small scenario based on the main scenario. Reading and understanding this will improve the accuracy in answering.    Some questions will denote that the exam taker must read the additional information before answering the question. In such cases, refer to the additional information section of the scenario booklet before proceeding to answer.    Maintaining the PRINCE2 Certifications PRINCE2 Foundation certification has lifetime validity and doesn’t require renewal.  Practitioner certification has 3 years validity and has to be renewed at the end of 3 years. Here are some tips on maintaining the credential: Axelos maintains a “Successful Candidates Register” (SCR). Peoplecert updates the SCR from time on time. Within 30 to 60 days after receiving Practitioner certificate, a candidate will be notified through an email to avail one year of free subscription from Axelos.  Once free subscription is activated, you will be eligible to clock 20 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units. This is very similar to PMI’s Professional Development Units (PDUs).  CPDs can be logged broadly under four categories such as Professional Experience, Training and Qualification, Community Participation and Self-Study. This can be attained by attending any trainings, delivering trainings, by taking part in volunteering activities, by learning new content from any portals like Coursera, LinkedIn learning, Udemy etc., taking part in project activities, attending any seminars/webinars or by accessing white papers, case studies or videos on the Axelos website.  Once 20 CPDs are logged, one can claim the digital badge. The digital badge is a way to display one’s professional credentials. The digital badge is valid only for one year.  To renew the digital badge, £50 + VAT needs to be paid to Axelos. This will reset the CPD counter to Zero. This enables the practitioner to log 20 CPDs and claim the digital badge. This cycle can continue.  Successful candidates can avail the free subscription and clock 20 CPDs. For example, if your practitioner certification expires by 10th March 2023, claim your digital badge on 9th March 2023. This will enable you to retain your certification through Mar 2024. After that you can pay the subscription charges and continue to maintain your credentials.  If you don’t want to get into the subscription model, you can resit for another exam after 3 years.  For more details about subscription, CPD & digital badge, please visit  

PRINCE2® Exam and Certification Guide

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PRINCE2® Exam and Certification Guide

PRINCE2® (PRojects IN a Controlled Environment) is widely considered to be one of the leading project management methodologies to run successful projects. It is a simple, light weight, scalable, flexible, highly tailorable, principle driven and agile enabled framework to run your projects effectively and efficiently. PRINCE2 revolves around the core concepts of principles, themes and processes which can easily fit into any project environment across enterprises and industries.

PRINCE2 Certification LevelsPRINCE2 Certification Levels

The PRINCE2 certifications are offered by Axelos and comprise of the PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner credentials.

PRINCE2 Foundation

The PRINCE2® Foundation certification is the first level of the PRINCE2 suite of certifications. This credential intends to confirm your knowledge and understanding of the PRINCE2® method and validate your ability to work effectively with or as a member of a project management team working within an environment supporting PRINCE2®. 

The PRINCE2 Foundation covers the following learning objectives:  

  • Structure and key terminologies of PRINCE2 method  
  • Characteristics and context of a project  
  • Benefits of adopting PRINCE2   
  • PRINCE2 principles and themes  
  • Purpose, objectives and context of PRINCE2 processes  
  • Purpose of PRINCE2 roles and management products  
  • Tailoring PRINCE2 to organizational and project needs  
  • Preparing for the PRINCE2 Foundation exam

Prerequisites for appearing for the PRINCE2 Foundation exam

No prerequisites are mandated for this exam. The credential is a good starting point for professionals new to PRINCE2®. 

Process to follow to get PRINCE2 Foundation certified: 

1. Get trained 

  • Get the 16-hour training through a Certified Partner of AXELOS and PeopleCert or self-study 

2. Take the PRINCE2 Foundation exam 

  • Schedule your certification exam using the eligibility code you receive from PeopleCert. 
  • Take the 60-minutes online test and score a minimum of 55% to pass the PRINCE2 Foundation exam. 

3. Get PRINCE2 Foundation certified  

  • Download the e-certificate. You are now a PRINCE2 Foundation certified professional. 

Exam Details: 

  • Multiple choice  
  • 60 questions  
  • 1 hour to complete the paper  
  • Achieve 33 or more out of possible 60 marks (55%) to pass the exam  
  • Closed book exam 

The Foundation exam tests the candidates’ ability at Knowledge and Comprehension level, which means that candidates will have to recall the terminologies/definitions and also interpret the given questions correctly. This exam is pretty simple if you are well prepared.  

Tips & Tricks to pass the PRINCE2 Foundation exam 

  • Read the study materials to get a complete understanding of the PRINCE2 methodology and concepts. ‘Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2® 2017 Edition’ is one of the most important reference materials for your preparation. Practice extensively. 
  • Practice two sample question papers given by the governing body. Validate the answers with the answer rationales. Please visit:to download the sample papers.  
  • Practice the sample papers along with other learners (in groups) if possible.  
  • Read each question thoroughly (at least twice) before answering the questions.  
  • Seek help and advice from your trainer/facilitator/coach to get the concepts correct during the training or before the examination.  

PRINCE2 Practitioner

The next level after the Foundation is PRINCE2 Practitioner. The designation is offered by AXELOS to practitioners who demonstrate their understanding by passing the rigorous PRINCE2 Practitioner exam. The credential helps professionals apply and tailor the PRINCE2® method, its principles, and themes to diverse projects and guide projects through their lifecycles.

The PRINCE2 Practitioner covers the following learning objectives:  

1.  Applying and tailoring the PRINCE2® method to diverse projects to bring in project flexibility  

2. Applying the PRINCE2® principles across projects 

  • Providing business justification for the project  
  • Building on experience from previous projects  
  • Understanding project roles and responsibilities  
  • Managing a project by breaking it into chunks  

3. Applying principles, themes and processes to a project  

  • Providing business justification for the project  
  • Building on experience from previous projects  
  • Understanding project roles and responsibilities  
  • Managing a project by breaking it into chunk 
  • Building a business case to justify project continuity  
  • Keeping track of all roles involved  
  • Defining project quality  
  • Planning targets  
  • Handling change requests  
  • Tracking project progress  

4. Creating and assessing management products  

  • Managing, executing and delivering work packages  
  • Managing stage boundaries   
  • Creating reports and record lessons for next stage  
  • Delivering products to the customer  

Prerequisites for appearing for the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam 

To qualify for the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam, you must have at least one of the following certifications: 

  • PRINCE2® Foundation or higher (applicable only to certificates obtained after 1 January 2009) 
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)® 
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® 
  • IPMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director) 
  • IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager) 
  • IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager) 
  • IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate) 
  • Project Management Qualification (PMQ) 
  • Project Professional Qualification (PPQ) 

Process to follow to get PRINCE2 Practitioner certified

1. Get trained 

  • Take the 16-hour PRINCE2 Practitioner training from a Certified Partner of AXELOS and an accredited training organization (ATO) with PeopleCert®. 

2. Take the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam 

  • Schedule your certification exam using the eligibility code you receive from PeopleCert. 
  • Take the 60-minutes online test and score a minimum of 55% to pass the PRINCE2 

3. Get PRINCE2 Practitioner certified 

  • Download the e-certificate. You are now a PRINCE2 Practitioner certified professional. 

Exam Details: 

  • Duration - 150 minutes (2.5 hrs)  
  • Questions – 68 Objective type questions  
  • Pass mark – 38 out of 68 available, or 55%  
  • Use of textbook - Yes (only the official PRINCE2® manual permitted ) 

The Practitioner exam will now test candidates on all parts of the PRINCE2 method (Principles, Themes and Processes). The Practitioner exam tests the candidates’ ability at application and analysis level 

Tips & Tricks to pass the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam 

  • Make sure to get the Foundational concepts of PRINCE2 right, before taking up the Practitioner exam.  
  • Read through the PRINCE2 Manual at least once before the exam.  
  • Practice two sample question papers given by the governing body. Validate the answers with the answer rationales. Please visit: to download the sample papers
  • Practice the sample papers along with other learners (in groups) if possible.  
  • Though PRINCE2 Manual can be used for the Practitioner exam, use it scarcely. This will save a lot of time during the exam.  
  • Time each question to two minutes or less. This will provide some free time to revalidate the answers at the end.  
  • During the exam, imagine yourself to be a part of the project scenario.  
  • No assumptions to be made while answering any questions. Just stick to the project scenario.   
  • Leave aside practical experiences during the exam. Stick to PRINCE2 ways of managing projects.  
  • Read each question thoroughly (at least twice) before answering the questions.  
  • Seek help and advice from your trainer/facilitator/coach to get the concepts correct during the training or before the examination.

Sample Papers example found on Axelos

 

 

An examinee will be provided with a Scenario booklet and Question booklet for this examination. A hypothetical project scenario will span about two pages. 68 questions revolve around the scenario and tests the ability of the exam taker on the PRINCE2 concepts of Principles, Themes, Processes and Tailoring. 

Question Composition:  

  • First 8 questions are based on Principles. 
  • Next 35 questions will be based on Themes. Five questions will be asked from each Theme.  
  • Remaining 25 questions will revolve around Processes.  
  • Tailoring questions are infused across the above mentioned three categories. 

Question Format:  

Broadly, two types of question formats appear in a Practitioner paper. First one is an MCQ based question and answer and the second one is Match the following. 

MCQ format:

Match the following format:

Exam Approach 

  • As a first step during the exam, it is recommended to spend 3 to 5 minutes to read the first page of the scenario booklet and get the gist. Make a summary of the scenario. 

 

  • This summary can include scope of the project, project exclusions, time, cost, tolerances, stakeholder information, number of stages etc. This will increase the probability of choosing the right answers.  
  • Additional information provided in the scenario can be read later when required to save time. 
  • In the question booklet, the heading of the topic under which the question is asked will be clearly mentioned. This makes the examinee’s work super easy.  
  • ‘Match the following’ questions will have three questions but six answers. One should carefully examine and choose the right answer. 

In the ‘MCQ based’ questions, every question starts with a small scenario based on the main scenario. Reading and understanding this will improve the accuracy in answering.   

Some questions will denote that the exam taker must read the additional information before answering the question. In such cases, refer to the additional information section of the scenario booklet before proceeding to answer.  

Maintaining the PRINCE2 Certifications 

PRINCE2 Foundation certification has lifetime validity and doesn’t require renewal.  

Practitioner certification has 3 years validity and has to be renewed at the end of 3 years. Here are some tips on maintaining the credential: 

  • Axelos maintains a “Successful Candidates Register” (SCR). Peoplecert updates the SCR from time on time. Within 30 to 60 days after receiving Practitioner certificate, a candidate will be notified through an email to avail one year of free subscription from Axelos.   
  • Once free subscription is activated, you will be eligible to clock 20 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units. This is very similar to PMI’s Professional Development Units (PDUs).   
  • CPDs can be logged broadly under four categories such as Professional Experience, Training and Qualification, Community Participation and Self-Study. This can be attained by attending any trainings, delivering trainings, by taking part in volunteering activities, by learning new content from any portals like Coursera, LinkedIn learning, Udemy etc., taking part in project activities, attending any seminars/webinars or by accessing white papers, case studies or videos on the Axelos website.  
  • Once 20 CPDs are logged, one can claim the digital badge. The digital badge is a way to display one’s professional credentials. The digital badge is valid only for one year.   
  • To renew the digital badge, £50 + VAT needs to be paid to Axelos. This will reset the CPD counter to Zero. This enables the practitioner to log 20 CPDs and claim the digital badge. This cycle can continue.   
  • Successful candidates can avail the free subscription and clock 20 CPDs. For example, if your practitioner certification expires by 10th March 2023, claim your digital badge on 9th March 2023. This will enable you to retain your certification through Mar 2024. After that you can pay the subscription charges and continue to maintain your credentials.  
  • If you don’t want to get into the subscription model, you can resit for another exam after 3 years.  
  • For more details about subscription, CPD & digital badge, please visit 
Manikandan

Manikandan Mohanakrishnan

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Manikandan M is a Senior Consultant with over 18+ years of industry experience. He is specialized in Service Management, Project Management, Process Consultancy, Learning & Development, IT Infrastructure Management, Business Relationship Management, Partner Management. 

Manikandan worked as a Project Manager with IBM India Private Limited where he was responsible for the delivery of complex infrastructure projects for an Australian Bank. 

Additionally, he worked as a Service Delivery Manager with TPV Technology India Private Limited to manage Service Operations and Projects across SAARC nations. 

Over the past 5 years he focused on training and consulting with various service providers. 

He delivered more than 500+ sessions on Service Management and Project Management modules. 

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After all, certifications are a means to a better career and if they do not meet your expectations, you should reconsider your choices.  CAPM will give you a chance to start with entry-level project management roles. Assistant project manager, project coordinator, junior business analyst are some positions you would be qualified for. In these roles, you would be applying your coordinating skills, scheduling meetings, and creating an effective platform for communication.  However, if you are someone with considerable technical experience, the CAPM certification will pave the way for a leadership position, which in turn can lead to a full-time project management position.  With a PMP certification, the scenario is slightly different. You will be qualified for full-time project management roles where you will deal with different projects of all sizes and complexities. Project manager, program manager, project controller are some roles in your reach with this certification. You will be expected to lead large projects to their success on time and within budget. Once you are at the PMP level, your performance expectations are high, and it is assumed that you come with a great project management history. Since we are on this topic, it is important to understand that a single certification is only a section of what qualifies you for a given role. Enterprises will also look into your account experience, overall performance, communication skills, leadership capabilities, and other important variables while hiring. To put it in simpler words, a PMP certification will imply that you are excellent when it comes to understanding and implying project management principles in real-world situations whereas, a CAPM certification will imply that you have a good grasp of conceptual understanding of project management principles. With this outlook, it is easier to understand why PMP has a higher level of demand and why PMPs are placed into roles with higher responsibilities. Can you convert a CAPM to PMP?You might think if converting a CAPM to PMP is possible. Since the CAPM is the first level on your PM journey, it does serve as the steppingstone to a PMP certification. While you cannot upgrade a CAPM to a PMP, obtaining a CAPM certification will definitely help you pursue a PMP certification. You will be able to add the project management education hours you gained while preparing for CAPM to your PMP exam prerequisite. But you cannot upgrade your CAPM certificate to a PMP certificate without sitting for and passing the PMP exam as well. If you are just beginning your career in project management, a CAPM certification can be a great step towards becoming a PMP and successfully shaping your career, with higher pay and recognition as a project manager.   Conclusion To wrap things up, we have discussed the differences, similarities, and prerequisites of each of these courses. Both PMP and CAPM certifications can add value to an aspiring project manager's career.  If you are someone just starting out in the project management field, CAPM is a recommended course as it is an entry-level certification. But on the other hand, if you have the necessary experience in the project management field, PMP should be your go-to course to enhance your career, as CAPM would do little for you from a development perspective in your career. Both these certifications have their own list of pros and cons. They are both highly recognized certifications and as a certification-seeker, you need to make your choice based on what you are eligible for and what your end goal is. What will you decide? 
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The PMP® Exam Blueprint For 2019

Preparing for your PMP® exam might seem like a struggle, but the end result is quite rewarding. From the initial application process, you need to go through a lengthy procedure to become a PMP® certified professional. The PMP® exam tests the professionals on the five project management processes: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing.  It is also important for the candidates to have a thorough understanding of the nine knowledge areas under project management, which includes integration management, project scope management, time management, project resource management plan, procurement management, cost management, and time management.The PMP® certification is a validation of a professional’s experience in project management and is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to those candidates who qualify the PMP® examination.The process of preparation can be quite challenging for a candidate who is preparing for a PMP certification. This article discusses the details of the PMP® exam, giving an insight into the prerequisites, layout of the exam and some tips on how to ace the exam the first time.PMP® Examination FormatThe PMP® examination contains a total of 200 multiple-choice questions. Out of these 200 questions, 25 questions are ‘unscored questions’, that is, they do not affect the exam score. These questions act as an effective and admissible way to test the validity of future examination questions. The questions are placed and are asked randomly throughout the examination. It is very important to keep in mind that the unscored questions cannot be distinguished from the scored questions. Hence it is important that all the questions are answered with the same level of precision.No. of Scored QuestionsNo. of Unscored QuestionsTotal number of Questions17525200The standard method of PMI  examination is Center-based Testing (CBT). While paper-based Testing is also available, but only under limited circumstances.The allotted time duration for completion of the exam is 4 hours. There aren’t any scheduled breaks during the examination, though a small break can be taken if needed. If any break is taken during the exam, the exam clock time does not stop but continues to count down.Before you begin taking the exam, you will be shown a tutorial explaining the process of the exam. It’s recommended to go through this video that takes around 15 minutes. Further, your PMP® exam will be followed by a survey. The time for both excludes the four hours of the examination during which you need to answer 200 questions.Allotted time for the Examination4 hoursNew PBT Policy effective from 1 July 2017The Paper-based testing for the PMP® examination is available under limited circumstances. The instances are listed as follows:Distance to a Prometric CBT (Centre-based testing)  site exceeds 240 km (150 miles)A Prometric CBT site isn’t available in the country of residence and travelling across borders is prohibited/burdensome.As of 01 July 2017, the price for PBT exam has been changed, which now equals the CBT prices.NOTE: It should be indicated during the certification payment process if the candidate will be opting for a centre-based or a paper-based examination. In the case of PBT examination, the site location, date and group testing number on the application should be included as well.How are the PMP® examination questions developed?The questions which are asked in the PMP® examination are:Developed in accordance with the standards of  IOC/IEC 17024Developed and are validated independently by global work groups of PMP® certification holders.Monitored via psychometric analysisAccording to the specifications made in the PMP® Examination Content Outline.Referenced to the present project management titles, which include but not limited to PMI ’s global standards.Are any language aids provided for the PMP® examination?PMI  examinations are administered in English. However, for the questions and answers of the PMP® examinations, language aids are provided with no additional costs.Language Aids are available in 14 languages, which are stated as follows:ArabicHebrewBrazilian PortugueseItalianChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)JapaneseKoreanFrenchRussianGermanSpanishPolishTurkishThe language aids are provided when the examination is being administered. They are protected under the PMI  Test Security and Confidentiality rules.NOTE: If a language aid is required, it should be indicated as a part of the payment process, that is, while submitting the application online; or as a part of the application process, if a paper application is being submitted.The post-exam survey and pre-exam tutorial are administered only in the English language. The language aid is provided only for the PMP® examination questions and answers.What is the Blueprint of the PMP® Examination?The PMP® examination blueprint, which is depicted in the table below defines the proportion of questions which are asked from each domain. These percentages determine the number of questions that will appear in the examination, covering all the domains and process groups of the project management. The following is the blueprint:Blueprint of the PMP® ExamDomainPercentage of QuestionsInitiation13%Planning24%Execution31%Monitoring and Controlling25%Closing7%TOTAL100%Further, let’s discuss the domains, tasks, knowledge and skill statements which are defined by the Role Delineation Study. There are multiple tasks under each domain which are measured through the process of PMP® certification.Domain I, Initiating - 13%Task 1: Carry out a project assessment based on the available information, meetings with stakeholders, and the lessons which are learned from the previous projects.Task 2: Figure out the key deliverables to direct the achievement of project goals and manage customer expectations based on the business requirements.Task 3: Use appropriate tools and techniques to perform stakeholder analysis so that expectations can be aligned and support can be gained for the project.Task 4: Recognise high-level risks, constraints, and assumptions based on the historical data, current environment, organisational factors, and expert judgement, so that an implementation strategy can be proposed.Task 5: Engage in the process of development of project charter by compiling and analyzing the gathered information so that it is ensured that the project stakeholders agree on its elements.Task 6: Acquire the project charter approval from the sponsor, so that the authority assigned to the project manager can be assigned, while at the same time commitment and acceptance can be gained.Task 7: Perform benefit analysis with relevant stakeholders so that the project alignment with organizational strategy can be validated.Task 8: Ensure that there is a common understanding of the key deliverables, milestones, as well as their roles and responsibilities by informing the stakeholders of the approved project charter.Knowledge and SkillsAnalytical skillsBenefit analysis techniquesElements of a project charterEstimation tools and techniquesStrategic managementDomain II, Planning - 24%Task 1: Based on the project charter and lessons learned, review and assess the project requirements, constraints and assumptions with the stakeholders.Task 2: Based on the approved project scope and using scope management techniques, develop scope management so that the scope of the project can be defined, maintained and managed.Task 3: Based on the project scope, resources, schedule, approved project charter, and other information, plan the cost management using estimating techniques so that the project costs can be managed.Task 4: Based on the approved project deliverables and milestones, scope, and resource management plans, develop the project schedule so that a scheduled completion of the project can be managed.Task 5: Come up with a Project Resource Management plan where the roles and responsibilities of the project team members can be defined so that a project organizational structure can be created and guidance can be formed regarding how resources will be managed and assigned.Task 6: Work on a communication management plan which will be based on the project organizational structure and stakeholder requirements, so that the flow of project information can be defined and managed.Task 7: Based on the project scope, budget, and schedule, create a procurement management plan. This ensures that the required project resources will be available.Task 8: To prevent the occurrence of defects while at the same time control the cost of quality, come up with a quality management plan to define the quality standards for the project and its products which will be based on the project scope, risks, and requirements.Task 9: Work on change management so that the changes can be managed and tracked.Task 10: Develop a risk management plan. Identify, analyse and prioritize the project risk; create a risk register, and define risk response strategy to do so. This way, the uncertainty and opportunity throughout the project life cycle can be managed.Task 11: Present the project management plan to the relevant stakeholders in accordance with the applicable policies and procedures, so the approval to proceed with the project execution can be attained.Task 12: Conduct kick-off meeting, communicate the start of the project, and other relevant information to engage stakeholders and gain commitment.Task 13: Develop a stakeholder management plan after analyzing the needs and potential impact so that the stakeholders’ expectations can be managed and can be engaged in project decisions.Knowledge and SkillsChange management planningCommunications planningEstimation tools and techniquesLean and efficiency principlesQuality management planningRegulatory and environmental impacts assessment planningScope deconstruction (e.g., WBS, Scope backlog) tools and techniquesStakeholder management planningWorkflow diagramming techniquesCost management planning, including project budgeting tools and techniquesContract types and selection criteriaHuman resource planningProcurement planningRequirements gathering techniquesRisk management planningScope management planningTime management planning, including scheduling tools and techniquesDOMAIN III, Executing - 31%Task 1: Follow the human resource and procurement management plans by obtaining and managing the project resources so that the project requirements can be met.Task 2: Lean and develop the project team to manage the task execution based on the project management plan so that the project deliverables can be achieved.Task 3: Use appropriate tools and techniques to implement a quality management plan. This is done to ensure that the work is being performed as per the required quality standards.Task 4: Follow the change management plan to implement the approved changes and corrective actions so that the project requirements can be met.Task 5: Follow the risk management plan to implement the approved actions so that the impact of risks can be minimized while at the same time, the advantage of opportunities on the project can be attained. ‘Task 6: Follow the communication plan and manage the flow of information so that the stakeholders are kept engaged and informed.Task 7: Follow the stakeholder management plan to maintain the stakeholder relationship so that continued support can be received and expectations can be managed.Knowledge and SkillsContinuous improvement processesElements of a statement of workProject budgeting tools and techniquesVendor management techniquesContract management techniquesInterdependencies among project elementsQuality standard toolsDomain IV, Monitoring and Controlling - 25%Task 1: Use appropriate tools and techniques to measure the project performance so that any variance and corrective actions can be identified and quantified.Task 2: Follow the change in the management plan and manage changes to the project so that the project goal remains aligned with the business needs.Task 3: Use appropriate tools and techniques to meet project requirements and business needs in order to verify that the project deliverables conform to the quality standards which has been established in the quality management plan.Task 4: Monitor and assess the risk to determine if exposure has changed and evaluated the effectiveness of response strategies so that the impact of risks and opportunities on the project can be managed.Task 5: Review and update the issue log as well as determine corrective measures by using appropriate tools and techniques so that the impact on the project can be minimized.Task 6: Use lessons learned management techniques to capture, analyze, and manage the lessons learned so that continuous improvement can be attained.Task 7: According to the procurement plan, monitor the procurement activities so that the compliance with project activities can be verified.Knowledge and SkillsPerformance measurement and tracking techniquesProject control limitsProject monitoring tools and techniquesQuality measurement toolsRisk response techniquesProcess analysis techniquesProject finance principlesProject quality best practices and standardsRisk identification and analysis techniquesQuality validation and verification techniquesDomain V, Closing - 7%Task I: Collect the final acceptance of the project deliverables from the relevant stakeholders as confirmation that the project scope and deliverables were achieved.Task II: According to the project plan, transfer the ownership of deliverables to the assigned stakeholders so that the project closure can be facilitated.Task III: Obtain financial, legal and administrative closure via the accepted practices and policies so that a formal closure of the project can be attained and a transfer of liability can be ensured.Task IV: According to the communications management plan, prepare and share the final project report so that the project performance can be documented and conveyed as well as project evaluation can be assisted.Task V: Collect and combine the lessons that were learned throughout the project and conduct a project review so that the organization’s knowledge base can be updated.Task VI: Archive the materials and project documents by making use of the generally accepted practices so that statutory requirements can be complied with and for potential use in future projects and audits.Task VII: Use appropriate tools and techniques to get feedback from relevant stakeholders so that their satisfaction can be evaluated.Knowledge and SkillsArchiving practices and statutesContract closure requirementsFeedback techniquesProject review techniquesActive listeningBenefits realizationBusiness acumenCoaching, mentoring, training, and motivational techniquesConfiguration managementCustomer satisfaction metricsDecision makingDiversity and cultural sensitivityExpert judgment techniqueGenerational sensitivity and diversityInterpersonal skillsLeadership tools, techniques, and skillsMeeting management techniquesOrganizational and operational awarenessPresentation tools and techniquesProblem-solving tools and techniquesQuality assurance and control techniquesRisk assessment techniquesStakeholder management techniquesVirtual/remote team managementCompliance (statute/organization)Close-out proceduresPerformance measurement techniquesTransition planning techniqueApplicable laws and regulationsBrainstorming techniquesChange management techniquesCommunication channels, tools, techniques, and methodsConflict resolutionData gathering techniquesDelegation techniquesEmotional intelligenceFacilitationInformation management tools, techniques, and methodsKnowledge managementLessons learned management techniquesNegotiating and influencing techniques and skillsPeer-review processesPrioritization/time managementProject finance principlesRelationship managementSituational awarenessTeam-building techniquesTips for passing and preparing for PMP® ExamPMP® exam requires a lot of dedication and efforts in order to clear it at one go. The following tips will surely help you to prepare and pass your PMP® exam:Memorise all formulas to easily answer the math questions.Spend around 4 hours to practice full sample exams at one sitting.On the day of your exam, use your time effectively to answer 200 questions within 4 hours. You will have 1 minute to answer each question.Answer all questions, do not leave any question blank.Use the process of elimination for obviously incorrect answer options to maximise probability in case you are not sure about the correct answer.Avoid spending too much time on any single question. If you are spending more than 2 minutes on a single question then you can make your best guess for the answer and mark it for review at the end of the exam.Try to reserve the last 10 minutes to review the marked questions.Read all the answer options before selecting an answer.Keep in mind that some questions may provide hints to other questions in the exam.Wear comfortable cloth and footwear on the day of your exam.To wrap it up!The PMP® certification acts as a validation of a professional’s experience in project management and is a challenging process as well. Start preparing well for the five domains (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing) in advance so that you can ace the examination and get nearer to achieving your dream career. All the best!
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A Comprehensive Guide to PMP® Exam Preparation

Are you still trying to figure out a way to start preparing for your PMP® Exam? Fret not! This blog will guide you with some best practices that you should adopt while preparing for your PMP® exam. This will surely help you to successfully clear your PMP® certification exam.Every PMP certification aspirant differs from one another in terms of experience and expertise. Similarly, every person has got a unique learning habit. Therefore, you should get your own study plan which is based on your personal learning likes and needs. But this doesn’t mean that you should get worried about developing the study plan as you can find a plethora of resources to cater the needs of exam candidates, both online and offline which allows you to come up with a plan which fits your specific needs, style of learning, and individual circumstances.6 best practices for your PMP® Exam preparationUsually, most of the successful PMP® candidates spend long hours preparing for their PMP® certification exam. So, you should make sure that you have plenty of time to prepare for your PMP® exam. You can adopt the following best practices to prepare for your PMP® certification exam:1.Review the PMP® Examination Content OutlinePMP® Examination content outline is an important document which will help you to do well with your PMP® exam. You should go through this document which is published by PMI® to find the following information:Break up of questions as per the Process areasList of skills, tasks, and knowledge which are required as per PMI’s Role Delineation study.Going through this credible document will give you a high-level idea of what all get covered in the PMP® exam. You should go through this once you feel that you have attained a reasonable command on the content covered by PMBOK® Guide or any other study guide which you are referring in order to ensure that you avoid any unwanted surprises while appearing for your PMP® certification exam.2.Take up a formal study course offered by any accredited Registered Education Provider (R.E.P)Project Management Institute (PMI) has approved a few organisations to offer project management training in order to establish a global network of quality education providers to help all the Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential aspirants and credential holders.Enrolling yourself in a PMP® training course is one of the best ways to prepare for your certification exam. The reasons are as follows:These courses provide tailor-made PMP study materials and best practices for the PMP exam.They give you a quick start in getting a grasp of various project management concepts, formulae, terminology, and other key inputs which help you to prepare for your PMP exam.You can also get the 35 contact hours certificate by taking up these training courses which is necessary for you to be eligible for the PMP® exam.3.Come up with a study planYou should start treating your PMP® certification as a project and prepare a plan which covers all the activities that would help you to get PMP® certified. But the core element in this plan is to have a well-defined study plan. You should break your study sessions into smaller chunks and prepare a study plan which includes timelines to read PMBOK®, practice mock tests, study various materials etc.4.Review the latest edition of PMBOK® Guide and self-study books published by other reputable training organisationsNo matter whatever reference material you want to study in order to prepare for your PMP® certification exam, the PMPBOK® Guide is the recommended study material for all the PMP® aspirants. The page number 61 of the guide contains a table that shows the relation between 13 Knowledge Areas and 5 Process Groups with 47 processes. It further explains how these are applicable to project management.As a candidate, you should be thorough with this table and draw this table on a piece of paper in 5 minutes while appearing for your exam. The same can be used as a reference in answering the 200 exam questions. Other than the PMBOK® Guide, you can also review other study guides published by R.E.P.s and other reputable training organisations.5.Get ready for your exam by practicing Mock TestsDo you want to check the status of your PMP® certification exam preparation? You can do that by taking PMP mock tests. These can help you to map the gaps in your project management knowledge. You can take a test and review the results to find the areas that you need to work on.Focusing on answering the questions by sitting at a place for four hours is not a piece of cake. Taking full-length mock tests helps you to prepare for such a physically daunting and mentally straining process. However, it is a very important drill for your PMP® certification exam. So, it’s better to take up these mock tests and prepare well for your big day.6.Study groupStudying in a group can prove to be quite helpful while you are preparing for your PMP® certification exam. Catch up with the like-minded PMP® aspirants to know about new tactics and get benefited in other ways by being a part of the study group. Few of the benefits are as follows:Studying in a group is the best escape from the monotony of studying alone.You can surely overcome the areas which you are struggling with.Helping others will also boost your confidence.Sharing project management experiences with others help you to crack the scenario based questions which is the trickiest part of the PMP® certification exam.It further helps you to stay on course and helps you to motivate each other in the group.The biggest advantage of studying in a group is that it forces you to study on a regular basis and makes the preparation activity a part of your routine.Tips and tricks to prepare for your PMP® examYou need to study numerous materials in order to crack your PMP® certification exam. But do you have access to the right books and materials? Every person has his or her own way of learning. The following ways will surely help you to become efficient in your study and get equipped with all the knowledge that you need to crack your PMP® exam:If you have access to the workshops conducted by PMI then that would be a big benefit for you. This will also help you to receive the bundle of 35 credit hours which are necessary to qualify for your PMP® application procedure. Attending a PMP® boot camp gives you access to numerous benefits. Few of them are:1.Review everything which you need to cover on the examEverybody is oblivious about what he or she is going to encounter during the PMP® certification exam. Whatever you will find in the exam is sure to be geared from the PMBOK®. This means you should be thorough with the PMBOK® guidelines to get PMP® certified at one go. But the PMBOK® consists of only 75% of what you will see in the exam. What about the rest? You need to seek for a PMP instructor’s guidance in order to fill the gap in learning to qualify your PMP® certification exam.2.Review how to study for the examAs discussed, the PMBOK® guide is a great resource for your PMP® certification exam. At times, even if the questions are lengthy with a situational circumstance, you need to bring it down to a rule that needs to be comprehended. Further, there are certain focus areas on which you need to invest more of your study time than others. It is always better to seek guidance from a professional rather than guessing what you should study.3.Informal questionsIf you lack the idea of how to implement cost, schedule, or risk structure, then it’s a great opportunity for you to understand it. You should learn to shed light on practical application using fundamental examples.You should change your study methods to prepare well for a continuously evolving exam process like the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam. These days, this exam is based on PMBOK® Guide 6th edition and is a lot harder than it was in the past. The 4 partially correct choices which are provided for all the questions make it even confusing and raise the level of complication for the candidate.The following tricks are surely going to help you in shaping up your exam:Get aligned with the exam dynamics by spending 30 minutes every day on a free exam simulator.Follow the rule of 85%. Keep practicing mock exams until you score at least 85% in all the model exams. This indicates that you are ready to face the PMP® certification exam.Another important trick is to understand the ‘ITTO TRICK Sheet of 49 processes’ which you can find in the PMBOK® guide. This will really prove helpful to you in mapping all the processes inputs, outputs, tools, and techniques.In order to rightly utilize the 12 minutes after the exam, you need to read and memorize the Formula Trick Sheet. You need to print and paste the same on your desk in order to practice it every day because writing this after 4 hours exam will surely help you to track the questions and save significant time.You need to read and memorize the PMPBOK® 6th Edition 49 Process Chart. Print and paste the same on your desk and practice it every day until you can draw the chart within 8 minutes.To wrap it upWhen you begin with your preparation for PMP® certification, you should remember that attaining the PMP® certification shows your commitment to the profession of project management and demonstrates your credibility to earn more as well as raising the value of your resume above the non-certified professionals. Keeping these points in mind will surely help you to avoid getting discouraged during your certification process.You can also learn more about PMP® certification hereThis blog throws light on a few best practices along with some tips and tricks to smoothly proceed with your PMP® journey. It is important for you to set a standard time for your studies other than having a thorough understanding of the PMBOK® guide. So, start clearing your calendar to fit in your daily study time as PMP® needs a lot of thorough studies and is not an easy path to success.
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