Join Oliver Yarbrough for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating the CAPM® exam, part of Exam Tips: Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM)®.
- Exam questions, whether you love them or you hate them, you better learn to master them if you want to pass the exam on your first try. Think about it like this. In order to become the person you were meant to be, you have to conquer the thing you fear most. This isn't to say you fear exam questions like you fear being chased by a mother bear, but you probably have some concerns. I'm going to help you alleviate some of those concerns and show you how to navigate the CAPM exam. The key is to adhere to a proven system. All exam questions can be broken into two components, a paragraph that tells you what's being asked, the question, and answer choices which tell you what options are available.
You'll be tempted to read the question and jump right into the answer choices. Don't do it. Take a step back and break the question down one component at a time. Analyze the paragraph before you review the answer choices. Ask yourself, what kind of question is it? Where does it show up on the process map? What can I eliminate from the question? What jumps out at me in the question? And what's the essence of what's left? After you've analyzed the paragraph, and you're sure you understand it, then and only then should you begin reviewing the answer choices.
Again, don't jump right in. It's easy to fall into the habit of selecting an answer that looks right. And it very well might be. But questions frequently have more than one right answer. The trick is to select the best one. Adapt your mindset to eliminate wrong answers rather than choose right answers. One way to do this is to individually analyze each answer choice and ask yourself if it should stay or be eliminated. Assuming you do this correctly, you should be left with one, possibly two, right answers.
Consider each of them carefully and choose the best one. Breaking down questions needs to be a detailed, deliberate process. Once you get good at it, you'll be able to do it quickly. Although it might seem foreign at first, trust me. This is a winning approach.
- What to expect on exam day
- Reviewing the fundamental aspects of project management
- Key success factors
- Navigating the CAPM® exam
- Managing your time on the exam
- Reviewing practice questions
- Establishing a solid study routine
- Reading for understanding