How to Ace your Project Management Certification Exams

As we continue our features on Project Management Certification, here’s another article from TechRepublic on how to ACE your exams. To read the full article, check it out on TechRepublic’s page.

The Project Management Institute’s PM certifications are the most globally recognized in project management. The PMI offers these eight certifications:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Program Management Professional (PgMP)
  • Portfolio Management Professional (PfMP)
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
  • PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)
  • PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)
  • PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

It’s estimated that 3 out of 5 (60%) of people pass the PMP exam on their first try. Follow these steps to increase your chances of acing any of the PM exams.

SEE: PMI certifications: What these IT certs could mean for your salary and PM career (TechRepublic)

Before you start studying

Tip 1: Break the content down into either the five phases/process groups or the 10 knowledge areas.

Tip 2: Allow at least six months before writing any of the project management exams.

While you’re studying

Tip 3: Avoid multitasking

Tip 4: Use exam simulation software to test your progress and perfect your methods before the real exam.

Tip 5: Consolidate what you’ve learned before moving onto new content.

What to do several days before the exam

Tip 6: Use your project management skills to allocate exam time and your required effort.

Tip 7: Plan to write alone.

Tip 8: Just before you write, don’t discuss the exam with anyone.

What to do on exam day

Tip 9: Make common sense decisions when you’re unsure about an answer.

Tip 10: Have confidence and don’t second-guess yourself.

To maximise your time and allow yourself to understand the knowledge areas, you could always consider taking up our Project Management courses on Each course is specific to an area of knowledge and comes in easy to pick up, bite-sized learning that will help you keep on track for your exams. Check out our courses here –


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