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Preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam requires a methodical plan, which must be followed with dedication. There is a huge amount of information that must be processed, understood, and applied on the exam questions. People who do not spend time doing Risk Management, Risk Assessment, Quality Planning, Quality Control, Network diagrams, Cost Control, Stakeholder Management Strategy etc. often suffer, as they do not have any experience to bank upon.

A total of 10 knowledge areas, 5 process groups, and over 47 unique processes need to be understood. There are inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs to understand, and learn how outputs of one process become the inputs to the next process. There are several concepts that you must master – project selection methods, formal change control procedures, conflict resolution procedures, HR motivational theories, Cost control formulas, stakeholder management, Quality control tools, Six sigma values, just to name a few.

So to prepare for the PMP® exam, you need a step-by-step, methodical study plan that will make sure you set aside at least a short amount of time each day to study for the PMP® exam, and cover the entire material in smaller, byte sized segments. Most concepts are quite heavy & dry, and require a lot of effort from the participant to understand, and apply to the exam. Attached is our Study Plan which is time for a minimum of duration of three weeks

Remaining Time

What to do Focus


3 weeks to go
Review the following chapter and take a batch of questions for each chapter


Refer to the study guide when needed


Chapter 1 & 2: – Introduction and Project Life cycle.
  • Relations between project, program and portfolio
  • Role of a Project Manager (PM)
  • Enterprise Factors, Org Process Assets
  • Stakeholders, who they are and what they do
  • Organisation Structure (i.e. Matrix versus Projectised)
1.    Take each chapter and ensure that you are familiar with the content / focus of that chapter.

2.    It is not about retaining the information but to ensure that it makes sense and to identify the reason why PMI® are talking about particular items in these chapters

3.    Take 10 – 20 questions per chapter

4.    When answering the questions identify how many you are getting right and try to understand why you are getting the other wrong

Chapter 3: – Project Processes
  • The flow for each of the project groups and thing process
Chapter 4: – Integration Management.
  • Process and the flow from charter to Close-out
  • Project Charters
  • Project Management Plan and the importance of baselines
  • The role of change control and configuration management
  • Closing a project (org process assets
Chapter 5: – Scope Management.
  • The role of a WBS
  • The avoidance of gold plating
  • The reason to have a good scope
  • Scope verification and why it is needed
Chapter 6: – Schedule Management
  • Terminology and that it make senses
  • The tools and techniques for schedule development
  • Why critical path and why critical chain
2 weeks to go
Review the following chapters and take a batch of questions for each chapter


Refer to the study guide when needed

To get the reminder of the Study Guide and over 750 sample exam questions, try out PMP® Preparation Book  
1 week to go
6 – 5 days  

To get the reminder of the Study Guide and over 750 sample exam questions, try out PMP® Preparation Book


4 days
3 days
2 days
1 day
Exam Date. The preparation on the day should be nothing more than a look over the ‘Prompt sheet’ of terns and definitions


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