Here are 5 tips for passing your PMP exam. Here are some tips.
This post will cover the 5 things you need to know on the day you take your PMP(r), exam.
If your PMP(r), exam was scheduled for 2PM and you arrive at 2:15PM, your exam will not be extended by 15 minutes. Your exam will end at 6PM, just like everyone else.
You may find yourself suddenly forgetting everything you have worked so hard to remember if you are late. It can lead to a downward spiral.
Avoid panic by arriving at your Prometrics exam center 1 hour before the actual exam begins. You might be thinking, “Wow, that seems too much!” But it is not.
One PMP(r), a student I taught, said that he booked his exam on an extremely busy day and that it took him 30 minutes just to find parking at the Prometrics exam center.
Unexpected events can and will happen, such as traffic jams, missed buses, and overloaded parking lot. If these situations arise, give yourself enough time.
2 pieces of ID
Before you take the exam, make sure you have 2 forms of identification. Before you can write the exam, Prometrics will verify that you are who you say they are.
They do this because they want to eliminate plagiarism and cheating. PMI doesn’t want someone else to write and pass your exam for you.
(Side note: The exam room has cameras that can record every movement.
Bring food and snacks
The PMP(r), exam takes 4 hours. Some people find it strenuous. You can take as many breaks you need. There won’t likely be any food or beverages for sale. You should bring your own food and drink.
You can bring carrots, apples and celery + dip, granola bar, juice, water, and so on.
Keep an eye on time
The exam will close at the end of 4 hours. Your computer will restart and you will be unable to answer any more questions or modify any answers.
Your computer has a timer that shows you how long you have until your exam ends. It doesn’t mean you have to check it every second, as that could stress you out. To ensure you have enough time to complete the exam, however, keep an eye on it periodically.
You should take at least two full length exams before you sit for your actual exam. I recommend three or more. This will allow you to see how long it takes to complete each one. It will also give you information about how long it takes to use the bathroom and take your snack breaks.
Here are 6 strategies to help you choose the right answers for your exam.
Create a cheat sheet
The fifth and final tip for your PMP (r) exam day is to make a “cheatsheet.”
Here’s how the cheatsheet works:
You will be given two pieces of legal-sized paper as a pre-exam and will have 15 minutes to view a tutorial on the Prometrics exam system.
It won’t take you 15 minutes to learn how press next, how to go back, and how to mark a question to review.
Instead, use this time to create a cheat sheet that you can refer to throughout the exam.
Make sure you use your 2 sheets of paper well. If you have more paper you can trade in the sheets that you already have. Students who have so many important notes on their cheat sheets will not trade.
For all intensive purposes, assume that you only have 2 sheets of paper.
The process chart includes the 10 knowledge areas, 5 processes groups and 47 processes. It is the skeleton for the PMBOK(r). It is an important item to have on your cheat sheet due to its importance in the PMP(r) exam.
Another great idea for your cheatsheet is to write down all your formulas. Math questions will be asked on your exam.