So you’re preparing for the PMP exam, eh? Good for you! I hope you’ve taken advantage of some of the resources and suggestions on my PM Prepcast page.
You should consider yourself a PM student, even after you’re PMP certified. PM learning should be a career-long endeavor. Before certification, this helps you get meaningful experience. After certification, this will help you earn the needed PDUs and will help you get better and better at your craft.
What to focus on now
But right now, while you’re actively preparing for the PMP exam, much of your learning will be memorization. You have to translate your experiential knowlege into the PMBOK terminology and approaches, even if you don’t practice PM quite that way.
A huge part of that learning is going to be memorization. And an important part of memorization for your PMP exam is the Project Management Formulas. To help you with that, I recommend the PM Formulas Study Guide. The Study Guide tools help you drill and memorize the concepts and formulas that are essential to passing the PMP exam.
- 49 Essential PMP formulas
- guaranteed correct
- formula variations
- underlying concepts
- help interpreting formula results
- 27 Formula-related acronyms – yes, there are that many! EAC, VAC, CPI, CBR, PTA, etc.
- Formula Keywords help you know which formulas to use when
- Bonus 105 Sample PMP Exam Formula Questions
- Bonus Formula Pocket Guide & Cheat Sheet – memorize this cheat sheet for your exam!
- Bonus PMP Exam Formula Guide Email Course – more in-depth explanations about the most complex topics of the PMP Exam.
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Increase the value of your exam prep time. Take the guess work out of identifying, memorizing, using, and interpreting these important formulas.
How I studied for the PMP exam
I didn’t know about the PM Formulas Study Guide when I was studying for the PMP exam. Instead, here’s a high-level view of how I prepared and why I think PM Flashcards would have helped.
- I lugged around my PMBOK and the study guide I got in my PM Prep Class.
- I highlighted definitions and formulas.
- I reviewed them over and over again.
- I used a sample exam test bank, and that was tremendously helpful.
- I created for myself 2 memorized sheets of paper that I wrote down when I arrived at the exam center.
- First, I memorized and could reproduce PMBOK (v4) Table 3-1 Project Management Process Groups and Knowledge Areas Mapping (p. 43). (Actually, I memorized the earlier version PMBOK v3, but you get the idea.) On my sheet, I also included some rudimentary flow ideas to represent some of the ITTO knowledge.
- Second, I created my own sheet of formulas for the various calculations.
While I did not use the PM Formulas Study Guide because I was not aware of them, I sure wish I had had them to help my exam preparations. I believe they would have been very helpful and taken some of the stress out of the study because I would have been more secure in knowing I was studying and memorizing the right kinds of things. Having looked over the study guide, I heartily recommend it to you as a PMP candidate.