Brain Dump – How to Pass Your PMP Exam in the First Attempt
The PMP Examination
The PMP exam can be a difficult and lengthy examination. The exam lasts four hours and contains 200 questions. Each question takes approximately one minute and twelve seconds. If you allow for breaks, which you most likely will, the average would drop.
The PMP exam is closed book. This means you won’t have any reference material to help you with the exam. This will test your memory. You may find yourself in a rut or forget what you were supposed to do. Is there a way around this?
Yes, but let’s not get into that. Let’s first talk about what happens at the Prometric center on the day of exam.
After checking you in, the instructor hands you 4 to 6 A-4-sized blank sheets and 2 pencils. He then takes you to your seat and confirms that the computer and other facilities are working properly. After that, you will be given 15 minutes to read through the tutorials and instructions for the exam. This would normally take between 5-7 and 10 minutes for a well-prepared candidate.
A Better Approach
It can be very difficult to remember formulae and other key points during an exam, as we have already mentioned. It is difficult to remember the formulae and other key points, as well as the question. You also need to keep track of the time remaining. It is easy to make mistakes. It is possible to misunderstand the question or forget important information.
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Is there a better method to pass the exam? I believe there is and I’m going show you how. To familiarize yourself with the exam instructions, remember the 15 minutes pre-test we mentioned earlier? These can be used for the brain dump in between 8-10 minutes.
What is a PMP brain dump sheet?
It’s a reference material that you have created in the time before the exam. A brain dump is basically a collection of everything you know. This includes formulae, PMI, headings, theories, and keywords. It will save you time and effort later when you create one.
Your brain dump can be used to identify the section of the question that needs to be answered.
What should you put in the PMP Dump sheet?
Let me give you a list of key concepts that you might find useful in your brain dump.
PMBoK Knowledge Areas Matrix
Processes for Project Management
Methods of project selection
Understanding scheduling relationships ( FF, SF, SS, SF)
Communication management, EVM formulae and EMV formulae
Float, Slack and PERT formula
Quality and Total Quality Management, Cost of Quality, etc.
Quality control tools
Chart by RACI
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PMBoK acronyms (TCPI, CPI, SPI, BAC, PV, AC, etc.,)
Conflict resolution methods and sources
Tuckman’s team-building model: Forming Storming, Norming and Performing, Adjourning
Leadership theories: XY, & Z
Types of Organization: Projectized, Functional, Matrix, Composite
Sigma values: 1-6
The power of the project manager
Management terms for procurement, contract types, negotiation skills, and keywords (sole/single-source, IFB, Quote or RFP, etc.)
This list should be tailored to the individual’s ability to understand and remember the information. Include anything that may be difficult for you.
Why create a PMP brain dump spreadsheet?
The PMP brain dump is an extremely useful tool for PMP exam preparation