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Agenda - PMP Certified in Five Days
• Welcome to the class. Instructor and PMP candidate introductions
• Changes to the new exam format
• Key themes for the exam
• Agile themes and strategies
• FEARDUI and other question types
• Review Project Framework - Chapter 2
• Foundational project management definitions
• Review the five Project Management Process Groups
• Differences between Projects, Programs and Portfolios
• Traditional versus Agile approaches to project management
• Agile development terms and definitions
• Scrum and other agile methodologies
• Review Knowledge Areas, Processes and Key ITTO - Chapter 3
• Listing key Knowledge Areas
• What you need to know about Inputs, Tools, Techniques and Outputs
• Mapping the major processes by knowledge area
• Common inputs and common documents
• Review Integration Management - Chapter 4
• Listing the components of a good project management plan
• Agile and Integration Management Concepts
• ECO, New PMP Exam and Integration Management
• Wrap Up/Review
Topics Day 2
• Review Project Scope Management - Chapter 5
• Understanding the key ITTO of the Scope Management knowledge area
• Traditional (Predictive) Scope Management
• Key tools for collecting project requirements
• Key outputs for Scope Management
• Decomposition within Agile
• Review Project Schedule Management - Chapter 6
• Defining network diagrams, critical path and possible test topics
• Techniques for tracking the schedule
• Release estimating methods
• Network diagramming and other supplemental techniques
• Review Project Cost Management - Chapter 7
• Cost estimating techniques in Traditional and Agile projects
• Cost budgeting and funding requirements
• Agile cost planning and budgeting
• Earned Value Analysis and Agile EVA
• Review Project Quality Management - Chapter 8
• Quality Management themes and definitions
• Understanding the key ITTO of the Quality Management knowledge area
• Manage quality tools and techniques
• Wrap Up/Review
Topics Day 3
• Review Project Human Resources Management - Chapter 9
• Plan Resource Management and the responsibility matrix
• Describing how to create staffing and human resource plans
• Listing the stages of team development and team theory
• Resource Management tools and techniques
• Agile concepts for team development
• Review Project Communications Management - Chapter 10
• Dimensions of communications
• Listing the components of a communications management plan
• Describing stakeholders and perform stakeholder analysis
• Tools, techniques and methods of communications
• Review Project Risk Management - Chapter 11
• Understanding the various categories of risk and how tested on the exam
• Describing risk planning and response strategies
• Risk Breakdown Structure and the Risk Management Plan
• Wrap Up/Review
Topics Day 4
• Review Project Procurement Management - Chapter 12
• Detail the key inputs, tools, techniques and outputs of procurement
• Define various contract types and legal terms needed for the exam
• Centralized and decentralized contracting
• Conduct Procurements in an Agile environment
• Understanding Project Stakeholder Management - Chapter 13
• Create a stakeholder register and engagement matrix
• Plan and control stakeholder engagement
• Stakeholder tools, techniques and methods
• Stakeholder engagement in an Agile environment
• Wrap Up/Review
• Discussing Professional Responsibility - Chapter 14
• Understanding how ethics might be tested on the exam
• Grasping the meaning of Professional and Social Responsibility
• Ethics Discussion and Review
• Wrap Up/Review
Taking the Exam Day 5
Every participant receives a 1500-question Practice Test Simulator that allows you to practice the exam hundreds of times. Additionally, your PMP®-certified Academic Adviser is available to help with any final test preparation details. If you choose to test on the fifth day, you will be ready.
Pearson Testing administers the real PMP exam and offers the exam every day of the week except Sunday. To those affected by COVID-19 pandemic, Pearson allows in-home testing as well. Be sure to work with your adviser to determine the best day to take the actual PMP exam. Ideally, your exam date should be a day with minimal work/family distraction. In short, you can take the exam at any time post-class. Just be sure to do so within four weeks of class completion.
What is PMP Certification?
Getting the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is a two-part process. First, there is an application that you need to submit to the Project Management Institute (PMI). The application requires you to document time working on projects within the last eight years. Additionally, you should have completed 35 hours of project management-related training or education. PMI details everything in full in their handbook.
If you think you meet these requirements, then you can submit your application from the PMI website. The online application has an auto-save function so you can come back to it. Once submitted, an employee of the Project Management Institute will review your application. Typically, the reviewer takes about five business days to review your application. Once approved, you will receive an e-mail from PMI. In the email will be an eligibility code. You will need this code to pay for and schedule your exam with Pearson Testing Center.
How is the PMP exam administered?
The PMP exam is a non-adaptive, computer based exam of 180 multiple choice questions. Administered by an independent testing administrator (Pearson), each exam question has one correct answer. You have 230 minutes to complete the exam. Most test-takers finish the exam with a little time to spare. Each question has a level of difficulty assigned to it by PMI. The “mix” of difficult and easy questions determines how many questions you need to answer correctly. At the end of the four hours, your exam will be graded immediately and you will receive your scores. The scores are the following:
- Needs Improvement
- Below target
- Above target
It is possible to receive a below target score in one area and still pass. However, you will need to offset that below proficient score with higher scores in all other areas.
How should I study for the PMP exam?
In early January 2021, the PMP exam changed around the Exam Content Outline or ECO. While many exam questions come directly from the PMBOK® Guide,
which stands for Project Management Body of Knowledge, many questions now come from a collection of 7 academic books including the Agile Practitioners Guide also from PMI. Regardless, all PMP exams are based on the 6th edition of the PMBOK® Guide,
. A successful study plan would be the following:
- Read the PMBOK® Guide,
- Attend an EdWell boot camp
- Use our exam simulator to take a few practice exams
- If you score above 75% on our practice exams, you are ready to take the exam
How much time should I devote to studying?
Before attending an EdWell PMP boot camp, we recommend 10-12 hours of pre-class reading. Add in the 35 hours of classroom instruction and we guarantee you will pass the exam.
PMP Exam Changes, Updates and News
February 23, 2021 - EdWell Featured in Training Magazine
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July 15, 2020 - Online PMP Testing Uses AI
Project Management Institute (PMI) is now offering project professionals the ability to schedule and take their Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam online from their home or office. The PMP exam now joins two other PMI certification exams professionals can take online: the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification exams. Candidates will take the exam online using Pearson VUE’s OnVUE online proctored testing software. Like center-based testing, online proctored testing requires candidates to be monitored by a proctor. However, the proctor will be offsite and will monitor candidates live through their device’s microphone and webcam with the assistance of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Candidates will still need to schedule their online exam ahead of time, but appointments are offered 24/7 so candidates can find a time convenient for their schedule.
May 20, 2020 - Essential Worker Testing at Pearson Vue
Testing centers are operating at 50% capacity for social distancing purposes. According to onsite Pearson staff, testing must be considered "essential" at this time. Please call us at 800-544-1995 for our interpretation of this requirement.
Appointment availability is limited due to social distancing precautions and varies by location. Face masks ARE required at all Pearson testing centers while testing.
May 15, 2020 - Pearson Vue Testing Centers Beginning to Reopen
Some Pearson VUE-owned and operated Pearson Professional Centers are available for testing in the United States. From the Pearson Vue announcment, "we will continue to deliver exams to any independent third-party test centers (PVTC and PVTC Selects) who still have the ability to operate within the United States".
At you might expect, the testing centers are adhering to CDC guidelines. Additionally, they are monitoring test-takers for symptoms of COVID-19. Here are their rules: If you exhibit symptoms upon arrival at the test center, you may be asked to reschedule your exam for another time when in full health.
- You must bring and wear your own face mask while at a Pearson VUE-owned test center and throughout your exam.
- Any surgical or cloth face mask, including a homemade face mask, is acceptable as long as your nose and mouth are fully covered.
- Candidates without a face mask will be denied testing services.
- We are unable to provide face masks to candidates.
May 11, 2020 - Taking the PMP exam with Online Proctored Testing (OPT)
With the move to OPT testing in the age of COVID-19, there were questions about the length of the exam. At four hours for the at-home exam, candidates were concerned leaving their laptops to take a testing break or use the restroom. To address this issue, the Project Management Institute announced the following, both the OPT and Center-based testing PMP exams will now have a built-in 10-minute break. We added the break to ensure candidates could leave the room to use the restroom or address other needs during the four-hour exam. Here is how it works.
- The exam is now divided into two parts. Once candidates complete the first part of the exam, review their answers, and submit it, their break starts.
- The break is not mandatory. Candidates can break for up to 10 minutes, or they can choose to continue to the second part of the exam immediately after submitting the first part.
- During the break, they can leave the room, but once the break begins, they CANNOT revisit questions from the first part of the exam.
May 1, 2020 - Online Proctored Testing for PMP Exam
Candidates for the Project Management Professional exam can now schedule to take their PMP exam online from home or office. Online proctored testing (OPT) allows the candidate to invest in their future without putting their health and safety at risk.
April 21, 2020 - The PMP Exam is Changing
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Project Management Institute has "decided to extend access to the current PMP exam until 31 December 2020, and postpone the launch of the new exam until 2 January 2021.This postponement will provide candidates with additional time and access to training resources to help them prepare and sit for the exam confidently."
- Last day to take current version of PMP Exam - December 31, 2020
- First day to take new version of PMP Exam - January 2, 2021