Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to study the PMBOK® Guide?
- The answer is a resounding yes. Even though Bright ID-US has made sure its PMP® Preparation Course is comprehensive and easy to understand, it is highly recommended that you read the PMBOK® Guide.
How many times can the applicant take the PMP® exam?
- After the PMP® application has been approved the applicant has exactly 1 year to write the exam.
- Maximum 3 tries in 1 year.
- If applicant fails all 3 attempts, (s)he won’t be allowed to write the exam for 1 year.
- If the applicant fails the exam twice, (s)he can register for another year, but will only have one more chance to write the exam in the second year, if failed, the 1 year inability to write the exam still holds.
What are PMP® exam's registration requirements?
- 35 hours of formal Project Management education.
- For those with a bachelor’s degree (or higher): 4500 hours of Project Management experience in at least 3 years.
- For those with a high school diploma or an associate degree: 7,500 hours of Project Management experience in at least 5 years.
- Once your application is accepted, from the date it is approved you have exactly one year to write the exam.
What is covered in the PMBOK® Guide?
- The PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition is MAINLY centered around 47 project management processes that belong to the following process groups:
- Initiating (2 processes)
- Planning (24 processes)
- Executing (8 processes)
- Monitoring and Controlling (11 processes)
- Closing (2 processes)
What is PMP®'s value in the market?
- PMP® is widely considered the global certification for project management.
- A growing portion of project management jobs explicitly require PMP® or give preference to those who have it.
- Project management jobs are offered on the basis of the project manager's related prior experience, skills, track record, education, and professional designation. Therefore, PMP® designation ALONE does not automatically translate into jobs as with any other professional designation.
- In some industries project managers are required or encouraged to complement PMP® with other certifications/frameworks such as Six Sigma, Scrum Master, PRINCE2, ITIL, or CMMI.
What is the best strategy to pass the PMP® exam?
- It depends on your background (education, learning style, memory, time constraints, PM experience)
- Make sure no matter how detailed the material you have studied are, that you have a crystal clear overall understanding of the project management framework before taking the exam. The first two chapters of the Bright ID-US PMP® Preparation course serve this purpose.
- For the purpose of the exam, see and analyze the world through the PMBOK® Guide, as valuable and unique your professional experience is; the exam is focused on questions modeled after the PMBOK® Guide.
- Try to do exceptionally well in the areas with high percentage of score relative to their size
- Utilize techniques such brain dump prior to starting the exam, test taking techniques, etc.
- Take mock exams until you feel comfortable with them.
What is the PMP® exam based on?
- Until July 31st, 2013 the PMP® exam is based on PMBOK® Guide, Fourth Edition.
- After July 31st, 2013 the PMP® Exam will be based on PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition. Bright ID-US syllabus for the PMP® Preperation Course from July 31st will be based on the PMBOK® Guide, Fifth Edition.
What is the PMP® exam format?
- The exam duration is 4 hours, has 200 questions, of which 25 are not scored. It is strongly advised that a few months before taking the exam, you verify the exam's format by visiting PMI®'s website.
- The exam, like any other professional designation test is tricky, many questions seem to have more than one correct answer. Take mock exams until you feel comfortable with the questions and score a high score in the last few attempts.
- The exam (same as project management discipline itself) covers a very wide spectrum of concepts, and usually requires extensive amount of studying
- It also includes questions that require use of formulas, methods, confusing terminology, and calculations. Make sure you practice those questions as well.
Who benefits from Project Management?
- Project Managers
- Project Management Team members: e.g.,
- Senior Business Analyst
- Programmer Analyst
- QA Analyst
- Subject Matter Expert (SME)
- Entrepreneurs, Inventors, and Grad Students
- General, Operations, and Functional Managers
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