Join Oliver Yarbrough for an in-depth discussion in this video Study routine, part of Exam Tips: Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®.
- Personal time management author Alan Lakein said, "Planning is bringing the future into the present "so that you can do something about it now." And that applies to how you prepare for the CAPM exam. You must have a solid plan or study routine to follow. Remember, whatever you don't methodically plan will end up getting randomly done. This might work well in your personal life, but it's no way to prepare for a serious exam. A good study plan and routine should detail what, when and how you intend on studying.
As you work through your plan, you'll be able to benchmark your progress. Think of the exam preparation process like a project. First, you should read the PMBOK at least once. It's best to do this before you do anything else. In fact, it wouldn't be a bad idea if you read it a second time, especially considering the entire exam is based off of this book. Second, you don't have to memorize everything in the PMBOK, but there are some key areas you absolutely need to memorize.
Specifically, I'm referring to the process framework that includes all of the process groups, knowledge areas, and processes. Additionally, you must memorize all of the formulas. Plan on memorizing early and often. This way, they will become second nature for you and allow you to easily brain dump them at the beginning of the exam. Third, you must set aside time to test your knowledge. This is best accomplished by taking multiple exams and quizzes.
You'll discover gaps in your learning and close them by reviewing explanations to the questions you got wrong. The more questions you answer, the better. You're well on your way to CAPM exam success once you've read the PMBOK, memorized the framework and practiced taking exams. As your scores on the practice test improve, you'll see that all of your studying is paying off, and you'll develop the confidence you need to do well on the actual exam.
- 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