How much Time Does it Take to Prepare for PMP Test Preparation?

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The Project Management Professional (PMP) is one of the most widely known online certification tests in the field of project management. Every year, thousands of applicants attempt this exam in order to qualify as a PMP. To successfully pass out this exam, the majority of the candidates makes use of the bible, I mean the PMBOK guide for all the exam materials.

The PMBOK ((project management body of knowledge)) Guide has close to 600 pages. It does contain a lot of valuable information. PMBOK Guide is just a framework; the actual knowledge required for the PMP Exam may stretch far beyond the PMBOK Guide as PMP candidates would usually purchase and study 1 or 2 more PMP test prep reference books. This is an actual reason, what makes PMP exam an impossible task.

And to pass out this exam, recently a survey was conducted with the most recent successfully pass out 100 PMPs to understand their strategy and how did they make it happen?

How long is it required to prepare for the PMP Exam?

Out of the 100 respondents:

  • 32% of them spent around 2 months for the preparation
  • 22% spent around 3 months
  • 20% spent 6 months or more
  • 12% spent 4 months
  • 8% needed 1 month or less
  • 6% needed 5 months

You will obviously notice a different period of time for PMP preparation. But, the thing here I want you to take into consideration is all the candidates were spending 2-3 hours on a daily basis for the exam preparation.

How to find the time for studying?

This is an obvious question, because its really hard to find an appropriate study time during a hectic schedule. Many PMPs work full-time during the study period. All the successful candidates were squeezing their lunch time to study or were studying till late night. Another print out for exam preparation questions and finish over 1000 questions during their lunch hours. The effective use of valuable time to study is a tip commonly referred to as one of their top tips. One would even wake up at 4 a.m. to begin the study. Most of them were also skipping their extra curricular activities like, movie, clubbing, going out with family and friends.

Wrapping up

PMP certification does take time for preparation. It is advisable to set aside at least 2 months for the preparation to successfully pass it in the first attempt.


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