Eleven Tips for Passing the Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam

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January 12, 2021

Earning the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification demonstrates experience in project management and the ability to add value to organizations through use of project management skills. One barrier to earning the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is the difficulty of the exam. Learn more about preparing for the exam through these tips, which range from building your study plan to managing exam day itself.

If you’d like to talk to us about your exam prep after reading these tips, get in touch today.
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What is a Realistic Timeline for Passing the PMP Exam? [Infographic]

Infographic of the realistic timeline for passing the PMP Exam.
January 18, 2018

Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep Timeline

One common question for project management practitioners looking to achieve their Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification is, “How much time do I need to get ready?” Many candidates do not pass on their first try because they do not allow themselves enough time to study and develop a plan, so you should set a realistic timeline and follow it closely. Having a realistic timeline will allow you to do what you need to do to prepare, including fully reading and understanding A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Since the exam changes every few years, this timeline can also tell you whether to earn your certification with the old test or wait for the new one.

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Eleven Tips for Passing the Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam

Photo of students studying for the PMP exam.
August 3, 2017

Earning the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification demonstrates experience in project management and the ability to add value to organizations through use of project management skills. One barrier to earning the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is the difficulty of the exam. Learn more about preparing for the exam through these tips, which range from building your study plan to managing exam day itself.

If you’d like to talk to us about your exam prep after reading these tips, get in touch today.
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5 W’s of the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam [Infographic]

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July 7, 2016

Ever wondered what exactly the Project Management Professional (PMP)® is and why everyone is talking about it? In this blog post, we cover the 5 W’s of the PMP exam: who, what, when, where, and why.

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RefineM Announces Beta Release of Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Practice Test Site

May 17, 2016

On Tuesday May 17, 2016, RefineM released a beta version of their very own Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam practice test site. The final version of the site is expected to be available mid-June 2016. As part of this beta release, anyone who signs up between May 17, 2016 and June 17, 2016 will be able to explore the site and take mock exams on the site for free for 30 days. Any feedback on the beta release of the site is welcomed and encouraged.

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I Failed my Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam. Now What?

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April 17, 2016

The Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam is a notoriously difficult test on which even experienced project managers commonly struggle. The exact first-time pass rate is not known, but a range of estimates from different sources place it between 20 and 70 percent. Bottom line, if you were not able to pass the PMP exam on your first attempt, you are not alone. You are probably frustrated and are not sure what to do next. Follow these tips to overcome your frustration and pass the exam for which you have studied so hard.

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Seven Tips for Passing the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam

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September 14, 2015

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exam is changing to account for updates to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Sixth Edition. All exams will be for the Sixth Edition as of May 21, 2018. From March 12-30 and March 31-May 20, candidates can take the Sixth Edition version of the English language exam and save money on their exam fees. Learn more at PMI.

The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification is for project managers who want to show their credibility or start taking on more project management roles. Anyone who has a secondary degree and at least 1,500 hours of project team experience, or at least 23 hours of project management education, is eligible.

These requirements are less strenuous than the Project Management Professional (PMP)® which requires both experience and education hours. The CAPM certification exam also has fewer questions than the PMP exam, takes less time, and draws solely from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). In contrast, the PMP exam covers both the PMBOK® Guide and situational questions where project managers must draw from their experience to determine the best answer.

While the CAPM exam is not as involved as the PMP exam, it is not an easy exam. Candidates need to develop a strong study plan and study routine. In addition, they need to develop strategies to manage their confidence on the day of their exam. In our experience, candidates who cannot devote regular time to study or manage their time and confidence during the exam are more likely to fail. These tips help you prepare for and take the exam with confidence.

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Tips and Tricks for Passing the Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® Exam

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January 15, 2014

The Project Management Institute Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® certification is geared toward project risk managers. Attaining this certification shows that you can describe and apply the principles and tools of risk management. You will need to study Chapter 11 of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), and other sources to prepare for the exam.

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Tips and Tricks for Passing the PMI-ACP Exam

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October 31, 2013

The Agile-Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a way for Agile practitioners to show their knowledge of Agile methodology to current or prospective employers. Earning the ACP certification requires demonstrating solid knowledge of Agile. RefineM’s Agile training can help you earn this certification.

We are also monitoring pending changes to the PMI-ACP Exam in 2018 and will update with any new information.
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