Tips and Sample Questions From The PMP Test

January 10, 2017 | Author: | Posted in Reference and Education

The Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam has been characterized by as one of the most intensive certification exams around. The PMP credential is highly coveted because, as Global Knowledge points out, certified PMPs can make 15% to 30% more than their non-certified counter parts. The Project Management Institute (PMI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the principles and methodologies of good project management. One of the tools for spreading their “doctrine” is the PMP certification program. The potential candidate needs to have at least 35 hours of classroom or online project management education, and 4500 through 7500 hours of project management experience, just to qualify to take the test. The test itself is something of an enigma. The PMI has compiled a manual called the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) guide. The current PMBOK guide is version 4. Just the name of the book gives you the feeling of the aspirations of the work — to encompass the entire body of knowledge surrounding the discipline of project management. This guide is the basis for the certification exam. However, knowing the material in the book is not the hard part, you have to be able to apply the concepts and principles in order to pass the test. The exam covers nine knowledge areas, and five process groups, it also touches on the professional and ethical aspects of managing projects. Many of the questions on the exam are situational in nature, for example:

A concept covered by the PMBOK guide is that a project is a temporary endeavor that produces a unique product or service.

The question would be phrased with a dilemma, such as Management has decided to treat every potential sale as a project, and is assigning project managers to plan, execute, monitor and control every sale. How would you characterize this situation?

Perhaps this was a lengthy way to make my point, but I hope it is well taken. The PMP Exam is made up of 200 questions and has a four hour time limit. Many of the questions are situational and require applying the principles, not just knowing the principles of project management. Reading the PMBOK guide is recommended, but understand that it is a dry regurgitation of facts and knowledge with few examples, for that reason it is important to pick up a good PMP Exam preparation text or course. An in class or online course is a great way to accomplish that. The second best way to get trained would be to get a text or course from Amazon or from your local book store. Add to that text some software that simulates the PMP exam and perhaps some flash cards and you are well on your way to getting prepared for the PMP exam.

Why would anyone want to put themselves through the rigors of the PMP certification? Well, on top of the possible pay raise, running projects by the PMI’s methodologies could make those projects much more successful. Standish Group International estimated that as many as 75% of all IT projects fail in some way. If you look at the huge costs of budget over-runs or of missed schedules, you can see that paying a trained and certified project manager could save the company millions of dollars. Employers understand those kinds of bottom line advantages and readily accept the benefits of a credentialed project manager. The PMP exam is your passport to a better career and more success as a project manager. Just take the time to get trained, pass the PMP exam, and get your projects back on track.

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