James is a student with the Learning People, and he’s just booked his CAPM – Certified Associate in Project Management – exam.
James has studied hard but is still nervous about the upcoming exam, when he rings the Learning People StudentCare™ team for advice - here’s the guidance they provide.
“Preparation is key – make sure you have a look through the PMBOK as it offers a wealth of information and helps you fully understand what PMI – Project Management Institute - believes to be project management.
“Learning project management keywords and their definitions will also hold you in good stead for the exam.
“Keep revisiting course modules, revising them, and, when you’re ready, taking the test examinations until you can consistently hit 80% or more in all of them in the build up to the exam.
“If you can do this, it shows that you know your stuff, and this ultimately will relieve a lot of the pressure and nerves associated with sitting exams, as well as maximising your chances of success.
“Everyone has their unique study habit that suits the way they learn, so plan your strategy for the exam in advance to ensure that you cover all the material in a reasonable time and can make sense of it.”
"I always advise students to resist the temptation of simply retaking the Test Prep in the run up to the final examination.
“The Test Prep is designed to highlight to the individual modules that require attention, which need to be restudied before attempting to actually take the tests.
“Often students we help at exam stage haven’t accessed modules for quite a while, which means these modules are likely what they’ll struggle with in the formal examination.
“In your preparation for the exam you need to make sure that you are covering all modules beforehand in your revision.
“You need to understand the basic concepts, knowledge areas, mapping, and process groups to be able to read a question and know where you are in the project at any particular point – only module revision will help you with this.
“When you’re ready to retake the practise test – via the Progress and Tests section in the course player – the score will update.
“ The score gives you an accurate representation of your understanding of that module, allowing you to identify the areas you must revise before taking the real exam.”
“Revise until the end - if you’re prepared enough it’s all about confidence.
“Let the biggest motivation for your revision be that you’re working towards a globally recognised and sought after certification that will enhance and develop your career.
“Keep focused – there will be lots of people around you in the testing centre, so try to stay concentrated on the exam.
“Focus on what you know – the pass mark is realistic and takes into account that there will be some areas you’re uncertain of.
“Therefore if you don’t know something, don’t spend too long thinking on it, move onto the next question and answer it to as high a standard as you can.
“Before some exams, like the PMP – Project Management Professional - or CAPM, you get 15 minutes before the exam starts to familiarise yourself with the exam format.
“The PMI supplies you with a pen and paper during this time so you can use it to write down from memory any formulas you have learnt to help you.
“It’s worth identifying which ones you have trouble with beforehand and get these written out straight away so they’re there for your reference and you don’t have to worry about them slipping your mind.
“Many exams are over an extended period of time - the CAPM is three hours which is a long time to sit down.
“I’d advise bringing snacks, going to the toilet beforehand, wearing comfortable clothes, and ensuring you have enough water with you.
“Time is always tight but it’s important you relax and make progress at a solid pace.”
From everyone at the Learning People – good luck James!