Escalation of PMP® Learning for the PMP Exam
What to cover after class each day:
a. 7 Iterations Exercise (Processes 1 to 55 exercise) - this is a must-do in order to pass; however complete all exercises for optimum results.
b. Revisit the materials you covered in class each day
c. Keep a list of areas that will require more work in the future - however come back to that list after you have finished your online practice and check off those that now don't need any work
d. Revisit the exercises you did in the classroom. Learn from the solutions provided if you prefer. If you didn't do them all in class, then do them at home.
e. Revisit the questions again that are in your book. Pay close attention only to anything you got wrong in class or during your online practice. Read the explanations to all of the questions and understand the discussion.
e. Memorize the formulas
f. Do all your online quizzes starting on the day before the last day of class, and don't stop until you have done them all. Do 400 questions per day to take the PMP Exam in 5 days; or 200 if you want to take the exam within 10 days. We've seen people do them in 3 to 5 days. Divide the total number of questions by the number of days you have to your exam. Don't repeat any quizzes immediately or you will be just rote learning instead of reasoning. Go back and understand areas where you don't understand around 72% of a quiz practice after understanding it.Understanding Why it works:
During class you got the overview - the big picture, and you drilled down with exercises to reinforce what you learned each day. You covered the processes in sequences. You did lots of exercises, and you did some practice questions daily. On your last day of training your review took you through the process backward pass from closing / postmortem back to the first start up process of Review SOW so you can understand what can go wrong if you miss a process. This also increases your ability to answer: What will you do next? What will the PM do now? What should you do first? etc. You, in fact, went over what can go wrong within each process, how to answer the verbose questions using POTR, how to study for the PMP Exam, and the checklist of what you must know before taking the PMP Exam.How you learned and how you will continue learning until you take the PMP Exam:
You took the PMP class so you can obtain the right knowledge, and gain a deep understanding of this knowledge so you can apply it towards answering the situational questions and other questions that may be tricky, or appear vague, convoluted, and ambiguous. These questions can be short, long, or a regular size. It doesn't matter what kind of questions you get, you can be taught how to answer them so you can pass the PMP Exam. You must practice our 1,967 questions online for interactive and simulated learning. You have up to 30 days free on our Online Quiz Practice Subscription if you are a SmartPath LLC trainee taking our 4 day class (or 5 day class if you did our organizational training) so set your schedule to take the PMP Exam within this time period.Once Class is over
At this point you have so much in your head. What you need now is to keep the knowledge in your head, building upon what you already understand, and increase your capacity to answer questions regardless of the situation by practicing questions with many different scenarios, nuances and angles. Examining the various contexts that can encase a particular question is important. You will learn while you practice online. Doesn't matter if your knowledge is still low.
So here's what you do now - Start your Online Quizzes
(1) Take the quiz and answer what you think you know, and try to answer what you don't know; use reasoning, logic and cognitive thinking. Understand why the 3 answers are incorrect, and why the "correct answer" is the best answer as we do for you in the back of your pmWorkbook. If you feel you need more information, then look up the information in your materials to understand why the answer is best and the others are wrong. This will avoid getting this type of question wrong the next time. Or use Workflows 1 to 15 for look up. Or just simply understand why the answer is the best answer, and move to the next question as you will learn more as you go.
(2) Move on through the questions, not repeating any quizzes
(3) Continue studying this way until you have completed all questions finishing with the Final Practice Exam.
(4) Take the K and L final exams. The are both timed and see how you are doing. Can you finish an exam in 4 hours? If you get 72% or more or you understand 72% or more after you took it, then you have enough knowledge to take the PMP Exam. If you want extra buffer then understand 75% of the quiz practice for each quiz. However, scoring is not so important as understanding why you got it wrong. We even like the approach of ignoring the scoring and tracking why you got an answer wrong and what the best answer should have been and why? This is the best way to learn. What if you don't have the time to finish all of the quizzes. If you have not studied your pmWorkbook and Workflows and you are depending on the quizzes only for knowledge, then it's very risky!
So, do them all. Quiz A, B, C, D, G, H, I, J, K, L are MUSTs. If you don't do Quiz E, then review the exercise solutions in your pmWorkbook and Workflows. See Day 4 in your pmWorkbook. However, if you're going to keep your pass guarantee, you must do them all within 30 days the first time and if you should need to take the exam again, you need to once more complete all quiz practice. Why? Because if you use reasoning your chances of failing are minimized. See all details
of the pass guarantee compliance summary.
If the time to your exam is limited:
Run through the quizzes from H, J, K, L, A, I, using cognitive, reasoning, and logic.