How to Create an Effective PMP Study Plan

Written by Joseph Phillips

Once you’ve decided you’re going to work toward your PMP certification, it’s time to begin preparing. 

Start by setting a date in the future for when to take the exam and schedule the date. Try not to put this too far into the future, nor too close to today. You don’t want to set yourself up for a time trap. 

Once you’ve scheduled your exam, it’s time to start studying. During the first week of your study timeline, gather and prep all of your resources including textbooks, PDFs, and any materials for your online course. If you haven’t signed up for the course yet, go ahead! 

Next, study the chapters in the PMBOK and complete all of the tests at the end of each chapter. These tests will quiz you on what’s in the chapter. Make a note of any chapter exam where you scored less than 80%. These are areas you’ll want to go back to later and review. 

You’ll want to also complete several practice exams. It can take up to four hours to complete a practice exam, so be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to finish as many of these tests as possible. 

Your final review should focus on any weak areas you’ve noticed during your studies and practice exams. 

Make sure to plan ahead for the day before the exam. This will not be a day to cram or stay up late. On that day before the exam, give yourself a break and focus on eating right and getting sleep. 

Plan ahead, stay on track, and crush the exam! 

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