Memorization Tips

Written by Joseph Phillips

For the PMP exam, you’ll need to know a lot of information. If you’ve already started studying, you already know this. 

Many PMP candidates find it helpful to memorize specific parts of the PMBOK to help them do well on exam day. Of course, it’s best if you can really know the material. You need to be able to put this information into different scenarios and be able to utilize it during the exam and throughout your project management career. 

However, it is helpful for many to memorize the 49 processes for the exam. These processes are the outline for the PMBOK and will help you remember other things you’ve studied. 

The columns at the top of the chart below show the Process Groups, while the rows show the Knowledge Areas. The center of the table shows all 49 processes. It is important to know both the Process Group and Knowledge Area for each process. 

A Knowledge Area represents a complete set of concepts, terms, and activities that make up an area of specialization. The knowledge areas are found in the rows of the process chart. One way to easily memorize the knowledge areas is to use a phrase where the first letter is the same as that of the knowledge area list. 

Now that we know the knowledge areas, how many processes are in each one? One trick to remember is to memorize the following phone number 766-436-3734. 

The 49 processes are placed into process groups based on their overall function – they are used to apply the appropriate skills and knowledge during the project. An easy way to remember the process groups is to use the following sentence: I Positively Enjoy MagiC Cards. 

In order to remember the number of processes in each process group you can memorize the following sequence of numbers which are very similar to a postal code 2 – 24 – 10 – 12 – 1. 

Of course, these methods may not work for you — give them a try and see if they stick. You’re on your way!

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