You have spent enough hours in going through the concepts explained in the PMBOK. But still, will all this hard work pay-off in the end? The big question is how to judge whether you are indeed ready for the PMP exam? Well, here is a list of indicators that can be used to judge whether you are actually ready for the exam.
Even though the above listed points could be used as indicators to estimate your readiness for the PMP exam, nothing compares to your own judgment. If you feel that you have spent enough effort preparing for the exam and are absolutely confident of clearing the exam then just go ahead and appear for the exam and you will come out with flying colors.
Once you have decided to appear for the PMP examination, it is advised that you familiarize yourself with the examination format so that you are mentally prepared and on the day of the exam, the questions do not come as a surprise.
PMP examination comprises 200 multiple choice questions. Out of these 200 questions, 25 questions are pretest questions and they do not affect your overall score. The test is conducted using computer-based testing method, though under certain circumstances, paper-based testing is also allowed. You are required to attempt these 200 questions within 4 hours. You are allowed to take breaks in between the exam but you will not be given any extra time for the breaks that you take.
The questions in the PMP examination are spread out across all the project management process groups. The percentages of questions for various domains are given below:
You need to score 61% marks to clear the PMP certification examination. There is no negative marking in the exam so if you do not know the answer, there is no harm guessing.
The examination comprises various types of questions. Some of these are: formula-based questions, scenario-based questions, questions related to keyword terms used in the PMBOK and questions based on inputs, outputs, tools and techniques for various project management process groups and knowledge areas. There will be a number of questions in which all the options look alike. The point to be noted is that you need to read all the options attentively and find the most appropriate option.
Once you are familiar with the examination pattern, you will be able to conquer the fear of the unknown to a large extent, on the day of the exam.