PMP Exam Prep: Go from Student to Certified Practitioner

PMP Exam Prep: Go from Student to Certified Practitioner
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Last updated May 16, 2018


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PMP® stands for Project Management Professional—it’s the name of the certificate awarded to anyone who passes the PMP certification exam. So, if you successfully pass the PMP test, you become a Project Management Professional (PMP).

The PMP certification is the most recognized Individual certification in the area of Project Management and is valued worldwide. In some cases, it’s a mandatory qualification for a project management role. A project manager with a PMP certification can work as a project manager in any industry, anywhere in the world.

Here's a video on PMP Certification Training.

PMP Exam Prerequisites

Anyone can take the PMP test, as long as they meet the prerequisites.

Individuals with a Bachelor’s degree must be able to provide documentation proving at least 4,500 hours of experience leading and directing a project, along with 35 hours of formal project management training offered by PMI chapters or accredited Registered Education Providers (REPs). According to the PMI, you can also review self-study books published by R.E.P.s and other reputable training organizations.

Individuals with a high school diploma must be able to provide documentation proving at least 7,500 hours of experience leading and directing a project, along with 35 hours of formal project management training offered by PMI chapters or accredited REPs. According to the PMI, you can also review self-study books published by R.E.P.s and other reputable training organizations.

About the PMP Exam

The PMP exam itself is a four-hour exam consisting of 200 questions. Out of these 200 questions, 25 questions are not scored. However, you will not know during the test which 25 questions aren’t scored, so be sure to take all the questions seriously. The PMI® includes these questions to see how many test takers are getting them right. Based on the results, they might decide to include these questions in future exam—it’s kind of like a survey the PMI conducts to help the PMP exam generate the highest quality professionals.

 

To pass the PMP test, you’ll need to get 141 or more questions out of 175 correct, which roughly translates to 81%. As you can probably guess, the PMP test is not that easy. You are right!

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PMP Exam Syllabus

What is the PMP test like? In the table below, the PMI describes the proportion of questions in each domain that will appear on the PMP exam.

Domain % of Test Questions
Initiating 13%
Planning 24%
Executing 31%
Monitoring and Controlling 25%
Closing 7%
Total 100%

You’ll get questions about each domain to test your knowledge and skills that are required to competently perform a variety of tasks, which are described below.

Questions in the Initiating domain require the following knowledge and skills:

  • Analytical skills
  • Benefit analysis techniques
  • Elements of a project charter
  • Estimation tools and techniques
  • Strategic management

Questions in the Planning domain require the following knowledge and skills:

  • Change management planning
  • Cost management planning
  • Project budgeting tools and techniques
  • Communications planning
  • Contract types and selection criteria
  • Estimation tools and techniques
  • Human resource planning
  • Lean and efficiency principles
  • Procurement planning
  • Quality management planning
  • Requirements gathering planning
  • Scope deconstruction tools and techniques (WBS, Scope backlog)
  • Scope management planning
  • Stakeholder management planning
  • Time management planning, including scheduling tools and techniques
  • Workflow diagramming techniques

Questions in the Planning domain require the following knowledge and skills:

  • Continuous improvement processes
  • Contract management techniques
  • Elements of a statement of work
  • Interdependencies with project elements
  • Project budgeting tools and techniques
  • Quality standard tools
  • Vendor management techniques

Questions in the Monitoring and Controlling domain require the following knowledge and skills:

  • Performance management and tracking techniques (EV, PERT, CPM, Trend Analysis)
  • Process analysis techniques (Lean, Kanban, Six Sigma)
  • Project control thresholds and tolerance
  • Project finance principles
  • Project monitoring tools and techniques
  • Project quality best practices and standards (BS, CMMI, IEEE, ISO)
  • Quality measurement tools (statistical sampling, control charts, flowcharting, inspection, assessment)
  • Risk identification and analysis techniques
  • Quality validation and verification techniques

Questions in the Closing domain require the following knowledge and skills:

  • Archiving practices and statutes
  • Compliance
  • Contract closure requirements
  • Closeout procedures
  • Feedback techniques
  • Performance measurement techniques (KPI, key success factors)
  • Project review techniques
  • Transition planning technique
  • PMP Exam Prep Checklist

Below is a list of tips the PMI recommends to help prepare for the PMP test:

 

Simplilearn offers multiple project management training courses and learning paths that can help aspiring project managers get the education they need—not only to pass certification exams like the PMP®, but also real-world knowledge useful for any project management career.

Find our PMP® Certification Online Classroom training classes in top cities:

Name Date Place
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