Join Oliver Yarbrough for an in-depth discussion in this video What to expect on exam day, part of Exam Tips: Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®.
- The big day has arrived. So what should you expect? When you arrive at the testing center you can expect a multi-tier check-in process. This helps to ensure you are who you say you are and reduces the likelihood of cheating. First, you'll be asked for two forms of ID along with the letter you received from PMI. Be sure your name on the letter matches what's on your IDs. They can deny you entry if they're different. You will not be allowed to bring anything into the testing room except what the proctor gives you.
In fact, once you've checked in, you'll be asked to remove everything from your pockets as well as things like watches and some other forms of jewelry. You'll be assigned a locker you can put your things in until you finish the exam. You can find out more about the process by visiting the Pearson VUE website and watching the video Test taker tips. The more you familiarize yourself with how things work the less nervous you will be the day of the exam. The proctor will take you to your seat and explain how the terminal works, and you'll be given 15 minutes to watch a tutorial.
Once the tutorial finishes, or you stop the timer, your exam will start. You'll have three hours to complete 150 multiple choice questions. Now, before you begin answering questions, you should do a brain dump. A brain dump is exactly what it sounds like. You literally write down on a sheet of paper the process framework and any formulas you memorized. This gets your mind warmed up before you go into the exam. Practice this at home a number of times. If you practice enough, you should be able to brain dump in about five minutes.
Once you've completed your brain dump, you should start reading and answering the exam questions. Be mindful of the time because the clock is ticking. In fact, the clock never stops. So be careful what you eat and drink that day. You can step out for a break, but the clock keeps ticking. When you finish the exam you must click the Complete Exam button. A screen will pop up that asks you to fill out a survey about your experience. Shortly after submitting the survey your exam results will appear.
If you studied and executed properly, you should receive a message stating that you passed the exam. Congratulations. You're now a Certified Associate in Project Management.
- 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