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Scheduling the PMP® Exam

Taking your PMP® Exam is a project! You should approach it the same way you approach the projects you manage. Start the project with a plan. Once you've planned the actions you need to successfully pass the exam, execute that plan. Here are a few tips for formulating your plan.

  • Choose a timeline that suits your lifestyle. If you happen to be between jobs or contracts, you'll have more time to devote to studying so will need a shorter window. If you're extremely busy with work and home life, choose a window that allows you to fit all that in and still set aside the time you need for studying. PMI requires you to have taken a course of project management studies consuming 35 hours of classroom time (using AceIt© satisfies this requirement and we're a Registered Education Provider). You'll find you'll need another 35 to 70 hours taking practice tests and exams before you're ready to pass the exam, whether it's using AceIt©onit's own, or combining it with a classroom course. Allow enough time in your schedule to fit that in when you're estimating the duration of your study period.
  • Register with the PMI® to take the Exam. You'll be given a key which you take to the examiners (currently they're Prometric) and you'll be given a selection of dates from which to choose at a site closest to you. Choose a date that best fits with your window.
  • Schedule your study activities using the exam date as a constraint. You should plan on your self-directed study using AceIt©, or a classroom course if you choose that strategy, as the first activity. If you're taking a classroom course, you'll need to change the order of the activities somewhat - register for the course first, then register for the exam choosing a date that will allow you the 35 - 70 hours of study time necessary to prepare for the exam.
  • Schedule your 35 - 70 hours of study time devoted to exam preparation (practicing with the tests and exams until you're proficient at passing) to finish no more than 1 to 2 days before you write the exam. You're just like an athlete preparing for the "big game": if you peak too early, you don't bring your best to the game. If you peak too late, you don't bring your best to the game. If you'd like a visual demonstration of what this timeline should look like, check out our Certification Timeline appearing elsewhere on this website.

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