How can I prepare for PMP exam in 15 days?

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The PMP Certification Exam conducted by Project Management Institute, is a high level exam whose level has been increased with the latest changes made by PMI in the existing pattern. With the new changes implemented, PMP certification exam has become a little harder. The exam now comprises of 180 questions instead of 200 questions and the exam is to be completed within 230 minutes. The question paper comprises of multiple-choice, multiple responses, hotspot, matching and fill in the blanks type of questions.

You have also applied for PMP exam and there are about just 15 days left for the exam? Then pull up your socks and get ready to devote all your time for the PMP exam as PMP exam requires hell lot of practice and you are already short on time. Most of the candidates think that preparing for PMP exam in 15 days is just next to impossible but no that’s not the actual case. Passing the exam does not depend on how much time you had spent in preparation but depends on the quality of your preparation.

Study the core PMP content

  • Read the PMBOK Guide latest edition thoroughly from start till end. Read it again. Every single question of PMP exam comes from the PMBOK Guide. You do not require any other book if you have the PMBOK Guide. Make it sure that you read the entire PMBOK Guide at least two times.
  • Go through the Glossary very carefully as it is the one-stop destination for definitions of maximum keywords.
  • Learn the Process Chart as it helps to answer the questions based on the Project management process group. Millions of PMPs suggest doing this and it is really important from exam perspective.
  • ITTO (inputs, tools, techniques, and outputs) questions are most crucial from PMP preparation aspect. The PMBOK Guide also defines the project processes in terms of ITTO.
  • There are 17 main formulas that you must learn by heart as they are extremely easy to understand. Forward/Backward Pass and Float calculations are not included in these formulas. For these calculations you can go through videos on YouTube for better understanding.
  • Practice as many questions as you can. Also try to solve practice question papers as it would give you fair idea about how the questions will come in exam.
  • Watch online videos to cover that part of content which is difficult for you as videos are an effective medium for self-learning.
  • You may also apply for crash courses as going through a proper course might be difficult for you.
  • As you are already running out of time you should practice to solve the questions within a fixed time duration.
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Formation of questions

The job of a project manager is always changing and is still highly rewarding. The new PMP exam, which will focus on three primary domains, is a clear reflection of changing occupational demands.


This domain, which accounts for 42 percent of the exam, assesses a candidate's ability to lead a project team. The following are some examples of tasks that get evaluated:

  • Creating and leading a team
  • Conflict resolution
  • Ensure that your team is well-trained


The stage in the process is where professionals evaluate the technical aspects of project management, and it accounts for half of the exam's weight (50 percent). The PMP exam includes a few process tasks, such as:

  • Budget and resource planning and management
  • Bringing project planning activities together
  • Keeping track of project changes

Business Environment

This domain, which is incredibly small (8 percent) in comparison to the others, assesses a project manager's ability to adhere to organisational requirements. The following are some examples of tasks:

  • Project compliance planning and management
  • Assessing the project's value and benefits
  • Assisting with organisational transformations

You must plan your schedule in accordance to the time you want to devote to each of the above mentioned domains. You must figure out that for which domain you need the maximum practice and for which domain you can prepare even during time crunch. Time allocation should be done properly so that neither of the domains are left uncovered.

Utilize your time well

Try to utilize the best of your time as preparing for such a hard exam is not easy. For example, you take 3-4 days to go through the PMBOK Guide (latest edition) from start till end and you are supposed to do this twice. It may take less time when you are going through the book second time. Once you are through with the PMBOK Guide, start practicing sample questions to know the way how questions are asked. Then take a 180 or 200 question practice test. The score of the test will tell you where do you stand.

Keep on revising

It might happen that on the first attempt of the practice test you might score around 60-70% (example) this means that you still need to practice. Go through the PMBOK Guide, your training notes, online videos and before that check which all questions went wrong so that you know what are the areas in which you lack. You can also enrol in online courses those with the duration of 3-4 days so that can easily cover up the content and understand all those topics that seemed difficult to you and after that again give a shot to another practice test.

If you are still left with time, don’t waste it because after knowing few techniques to prepare for PMP exam in 15 days you should not take back your seat. Instead you should realise the importance of time and start utilising it from now itself so that you don’t have to face time crunch and get exhausted by studying for the entire day. If you think that it’s hard for you to cover up everything within 15 days you can go for rescheduling your exam date which would cost you some money. Click here to understand how you would know if you passed the PMP?

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