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Study Tips from New CAPMs

Caevet: Not everyone will have the same set of exam questions.

Memorize the 5x10x47 chart. Understand the CCM and CPMC. My weakness was the network diagrams.
Shamita Tarafder, CAPM 2017-07, Ontario, Canada
1)I think it is absolutely essential to not just memorize but also understand why a specific T&T or input is being used. So, understand the concept behind each process (this makes it easy to remember).
2) Definitely, give the KA test after completing each KA.This will help you solidify your understanding of concepts.
3)Take at least 3-4 full length timed tests in a test center environment (eg.office or library).
Adhithya Krishnamachari, CAPM 2016-06
Absolutely know your 5x10x47 and the 110…ITTOs . There were a lot on the exam.
Understanding which group or KA a process belongs to is very important as well as the sequence. Understanding the sequence of processes allowed me to logically eliminate potential answers and deduce the correct selection.
Taylor, CAPM 2015-01

At first, I thought the answers were a little too alike and that the exam wouldn’t have such picky questions (2 answers are practically the same but only one is correct). The exam, in fact did have a lot of questions that had very close answers. They will give you 4 answers that sound like they could all be a relevant answer. Therefore, it’s hard to determine which answers are the MOST correct.

Chris Croft, CAPM 2013-06

  1. Fill out the 5x9x42 everyday and sometimes twice a day then thinking about what all the processes do and mean really helped the information to sink in. Also the eSim was extremely helpful as it put me in the exam mode situation, dealing with the time constraint and the switching of processes and knowledge areas.
  2. If it is not in the PMBOK Guide, it is not being tested. Read the PMBOK Guide again!!!!
  3. There are no questions that say MOST TRUE or LEAST TRUE
  4. Questions with qualifiers like EXCEPT and NOT have the words bolded and in UPPERCASE
  5. Most questions are no longer than 2 sentences. Most are 1 sentence.
  6. You must know your 5x9x42. In fact you should sketch it out on your scrap paper before you start the exam – memory dump with any formulas.
  7. Almost 50% of questions are 5x9x42 or ITTO questions. You must know your ITTOS – especially tools & techniques. I suggest you memorize the Key ITTOs, but know the others, as well.
  8. Earned Value -calculate CS, SV, SPI, CPI.
  9. There may be several questions on Activity Sequencing. A couple around working out the CPM and some on definitions (i.e. the Critical Path is:)
  10. Know everything about closing a project and contracts as well.
  11. Difference between types of charts and what they are used for – histogram, flow chart, control chart, cause & effect diagram
  12. Exploiting a positive risk.
  13. SWOT analysis.
  14. What is a Bill of Materials – BOM.
  15. Concept of Rolling Wave planning
  16. Not so mucharound contract types.
  17. Difference between a project and an operation;between product scope and project scope.
  18. Nothing on PERT calculation.
  19. Change control as a concept of good project management practice.
  20. Questions may put you in the position of Project Manager or ask what you think the PM should do next.
  21. No standard deviation questions.

Concentrate more on Inputs, TnT, outputs for all processes as more than 80% of questions are from these. Do a memory dump of EV/PV/AC/CPI/SPI formulas in the paper as soon as you start the test. Have a detailed understanding of all the definitions for TNT for all of the 42 processes. Read PMBOK in and out as well as Cindy’s handbook.

Kavitha Sivakumar, CAPM 2012


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