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How to prepare for the PMP exam part 4: essential study materials

Cornelius Fichtner, PMP | Nov. 8, 2010
Most certified project management professionals (PMPs) will tell you that passing the PMP certification exam requires a considerable amount of studying. Here's a list of essential study materials you'll need to be successful.

4. Online PMP Exam Prep Workshops

PMP exam preparation courses are also available online. They tend to be less expensive than the in-person workshops. Some online prep courses are intensive, while others are self-paced. Choose the option that best suits your study style. Do lots of comparisons and read testimonials before you commit to one. 5. Downloadable PMP Exam Prep Videocasts

Successful PMPs will tell you to have your study materials with you at all times. That way, when you're stuck in a waiting room, you can study for the exam. Thanks to PMP exam prep videocasts, you don't have to lug your PMBOK Guide and exam prep book everywhere you go.

PMP exam prep videocasts are powerful learning tools that reinforce concepts from the PMBOK Guide through audio-visual training. You can download them to your smartphone, MP3 player or laptop so that they're always handy and portable. I created one called The Project Management PrepCast.

6. Online PMP Exam Simulators

PMP applicants would be wise to use an exam simulator to prepare for the exam. Exam simulators are basically practice PMP exams. They pose the same style of questions that you'll find on an actual PMP exam, and they aim to replicate the exam environment so that you can get comfortable with the pressure and timing associated with the exam. PMP exam simulators are an excellent way to measure your ability to apply PMBOK Guide concepts to questions you've never seen before. They offer an effective way to find out what you don't know and build your confidence before your actual exam day.

7. Flash Cards

Flash cards, whether paper or electronic, are tried, tested, portable and cost-effective. You can download electronic flashcards that you can then flip through on your computer or smartphone. Others you can print out from your computer. Creating your own flash cards can be an incredibly helpful study activity. One of the other benefits of flashcards is that they let you include family and friends in your studies: Hand them your cards, and they instantly become your study partners.

8. Free Online Resources

When it comes to free online resources, you get what you pay for. Not all of them are very useful or credible. Before you use any study materials (whether they're free and web-based or whether you pay for them), confirm that the content comes from a reputable provider and is based on the current version of the PMBOK Guide, which has significant changes over the previous edition.

 

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