Project Management Professional (PMP)\nCertification is given by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to those who\nclear PMP exam. As Project Management Industry is rising quite fast, there is a\nneed for good project managers in the field. So, the PMP exam is the criteria\nto prove that you are a good project manager. \n\n\n\n\nIf given enough effort and time, it is entirely\npossible for you to clear the PMP exam in the very first attempt. Following are\nsome tips that can help in passing PMP exam within 60 days:\n\n\n\nFollowing are some tips that can help in\npassing PMP exam within 60 days:\n\n\n\n1. Understand the true nature of the exam\n\n\n\nMany people treat PMP certification as an educational examination, but it is not simply that. Rather, it also involves some psychological testing. It does not only include the stuff you have read and studied in PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge), PMI articles, and other guides. It has to make sure that you are able to react in a positive way to various and regularly occurring challenges in the project. And, that is something your nerves can easily handle, not the crammed material.\u00a0 \n\n\n\nAnother important thing is that every time\nPMI exam is scheduled, it takes into account the new trends in the project\nmanagement industry and incorporates them into the test. So, it is important to\nstay aware of the new trends and challenges in project management. If you hold\nonto your previous knowledge or just onto the books that are written decades\nago, you are missing on some important stuff.\n\n\n\nMoreover, the two important documents on\nPMI website regarding PMP exam are Exam Syllabus Document and PMI Code of\nEthics. \n\n\n\nExam Syllabus Documents or the Content Online is extremely helpful as it includes the topics, skills required in a project manager and process groups (the tasks of project management) you should go by while preparing for the exam.\n\n\n\nThe PMI Code of Ethics has an overview of\nthe moral and ethical values specifically for the PMI and Project Management.\nSo, going through it will help. \n\n\n\n2. Create a custom study plan\n\n\n\nThe most important aspect of preparing and\nattempting any exam is to schedule study hours for it in your daily routine.\nYou might be an early riser or a night owl. Also, you will have to balance your\nfamily or work or university life alongside it. So, the point is to create a\ncustom study plan according to your sleeping habits and routine, so you can\nmanage other chores of the day as well. \n\n\n\n3. Refer and study, not rely on PMBOK\n\n\n\nThe PMBOK guide has all the necessary\ninformation for you. It contains an overview of PMP Certification as well as\nits requirements and conditions. It also lets you know the type and number of\nquestions. It also tells the time allotted for PMP exam and the passing\ncriteria. \n\n\n\nThere is detailed information regarding the\ncourse and topics that should be covered. The percentage of questions for each\nsubject is also well explained. So, it is important to study and refer from the\nPMBOK but try not to solely depend on it. There are a lot of other good books\nand data available for preparation.\n\n\n\n4. Understand Process Groups\n\n\n\nProcess Groups are important to be\nunderstood as they are a backbone of any project. There are a total of 5\nprocess groups, each with its own ITTO (inputs, Tools, Techniques, and Outputs).\nDo not intend to cram or memorize them. This will do you no good, but rather\ninvest time into understanding them well enough. \n\n\n\n5. Understand all ITTO, do not memorize\n\n\n\nITTO is a cycle,\nInputs-Tools-Techniques-Outputs, that needs to be understood as they are quite\ncomplex. Without understanding ITTO, you are not going to get through the PMP\nso buckle up!\n\n\n\n6. Understand all the tools\n\n\n\nITTOs include various tools that are\ncomplex and difficult to comprehend. However, once you understand them,\neverything starts making sense. So, understand all the different tools such as\nCause and Effect Diagram, Flowcharts, Checksheets, Pareto diagrams, Histograms,\nControl charts and Scatter diagrams. \n\n\n\n7. Understand and memorize all formulas\n\n\n\nWhile you are practicing the questions, you\nwill come across a lot of formulas. Make sure you spend some time on them and\nunderstand them well. Once you have understood, memorizing will be easier.\nThen, practice a lot of questions to know how they actually fit in and work. \n\n\n\n8. Use additional books and study guides\n\n\n\nAs mentioned, there are many new and good\nbooks, study guides as well as online sites that can help you with a good\npreparation. Restraining yourself to one book limits your area of knowledge.\nOne most helpful books you can refer to is Rita Mulcahy\u2019s PMP exam prep book. Its ninth edition is the latest one and it has\nan easy to understand language as compared to PMBOK guide. \n\n\n\nOne beneficial thing you can find on Google\nis Edward Chung\u2019s website. It has tricks, tips, and study notes, links of\npractice exams and good explanations of the difficult and confusing terms. \n\n\n\n9. Practice the right and relevant questions and tests a lot\n\n\n\nMany people tend to start practicing any\nsort of questions that come in the way. Once you have understood the true\nnature and the outline of the exam, you should be able to differentiate between\nthe questions that are significant and relevant and the ones that are not.\n\n\n\nWhile practicing, you will get to know that\nmany questions are easy, direct and short. Others may be trickier and\ntime-consuming. There are formula-based as well as scenario-based questions. To\nbe equally good in both cases, practice as many relevant questions as you can.\n\n\n\nAlso, there are several ITTO questions that\nare based on the tools and techniques used in project management. For this kind\nof questions, you can refer to the guides on PMI sites or PMBOK of course.\n\n\n\nApart from understanding, cramming and\nsolving practice question, it is important to practice some tests as well.\nThere are PMP exams available online as past PMP papers. Writing and solving\nthese past exams before you actually appear in the exam will help in\narticulation and management of stress and time.\n\n\n\n10. Study and take help from the PMI articles on PMI website\n\n\n\nOn the PMI website, there are several\narticles and whitepapers added regularly. They address all the basic and newest\ntrends going on in the industry. As they include such things in the exam, it is\ngood to go through the site once a week and read the newly uploaded articles\nuntil the date of your exam. This tip will really help!\n\n\n\n11. Make flashcards\n\n\n\nFlashcards are an extremely important tool.\nWhenever you go through a new formula, a new concept or a unique term, make a\nflash card. Whenever you get free time out of the day apart from your schedule,\nyou can review these flash cards to recall what you have studied lately.\n\n\n\nAlso, while you are traveling, walking,\ncooking or doing any other activity, these flash cards can help revise the\nimportant material.\n\n\n\n12. Treat 35 hours of project management training as a learning experience\n\n\n\nEveryone has to go through this project\nmanagement training before they can appear in the exam. Many people take it for\ngranted and as a condition to fulfill in order to appear in the exam. While you\nare taking this 35 hours training, make sure you process every information as\nit contains many new and founding concepts.\n\n\n\nThey might not appear important at the\nmoment but they actually help in clarifying your weak areas. \n\n\n\n13. Become a PMI member\n\n\n\nBecoming a PMI member can give a lot of\nbenefits. It gets you in contact with project management professional and the\npeople who successfully passed PMP exam in their first attempt. You can get a\nlot of healthy tips there. \n\n\n\nMoreover, as you need to stay aware of the\nrecent developments and trends in the field, there can be no better place than\nthis for connecting with the project managers. \n\n\n\n14. Be a good time manager \n\n\n\nBesides being a good project manager, it is\nimportant to be a good time manager. It complements your skills and plans as\nwell as their implementations. Time needs to be managed in two areas while\nappearing for PMP exam. Firstly, during the preparation and secondly, while\ntaking the exam itself.\n\n\n\nIf you prepare according to the scheduled\nstudy plan, you can always stay on track and finish things on time. As you\npracticed many questions and attempted mock tests, it helps in managing the\ntime during the actual exam.\n\n\n\nDoing a good breakdown of time is an\nessential tip!\n\n\n\n15. Keep motivating yourself\n\n\n\nMotivation is the most important factor all\nalong. From start until the end, you need to keep motivating yourself so as to\nnot give up. You need to remind yourself that no matter what happens, you are\nnot going to lose your confidence.\n\n\n\nIt doesn\u2019t really matter if you come across\nthe most difficult concepts or questions once you are motivated to attempt and\nsurpass them. If you let demotivation take you, you are going to end up losing.\n\n\n\nSo, get a strong hold of your nerves and\nkeep motivating yourself!\n\n\n\nBest of luck!