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What is the average preparation time for the PMP?

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How long does it typically take a project manager with average skills (like myself) to prepare (well) for the PMP exam? Are 2 months enough to go through all the PMP material?
asked 8 years ago by anonymous

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Two months may be enough.  It really depends on multiple factors, including:

- the amount of PM training you have had
- the amount of PM experience you have had
- how close the PM work you have done is to PM as specified in the PMBOK Guide
- at what rate you can learn and absorb the differences between PM as practiced at your business vs. specified in the PMBOK Guide
- your test taking skills

For me, it took just a few weeks because I had a lot of relevant experience.  I recommend an approach that will give you a variable time frame in which to study:

- sign up for the exam but don't set a date (you have at least 6 months -check current PMI rules as to how long you have from being granted a seat in the exam until when you must use it)

- get a set of good practice tests

- using the tests, find your strengths and weaknesses (mine were HR, contracting, and schedule network diagrams)

- study the weak areas and try the practice tests again.

When you can score at least 85-90% on the practice tests, you are ready to attempt the real test.
answered 8 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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