PMP Exam Prep Tip #1 - Study the PMBOK® First

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I earned my PMP credential in 2011. I've kept my certification current through project experience, reading, teaching and volunteer work with my local PMI chapter. 

Start with the PMBOK

Since the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) is the source of knowledge for most of the questions on the PMP and CAPM exams, you should start with the PMBOK.

How to Study the PMBOK

Start the same way you would with any text. Study it in layers:

  1. On your first pass, read only the chapter titles from the Table of Contents.
  2. On your next pass, open the first chapter and read only the section headings. They will support and explain the chapter's title.
  3. On your third pass, within the same chapter, read the first sentence of each paragraph. The first sentence is the topic sentence for that paragraph.
  4. On your fourth pass, read it word-for-word. By now, you have a good understanding of the content. You'll be reading the content that supports the topic sentences.
  5. Go to the next chapter, and repeat steps 1 through 4.

This method will help you understand more content, sooner.

What's next?

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In case you can't wait...

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Tip #2 - Wear Your PMI Hat


Tip #3 - Practice, Practice, Practice


Bonus Tip #4 - Your Next Step