We've included several testing features, both in the book and on the companion CD. Following this introduction is an assessment test that you can use to check your readiness for the actual exam. Take this test before you start reading the book. It will help you identify the areas you may need to brush up on. The answers to the assessment test appear after the last question of the test. Each answer includes an explanation and a note telling you in which chapter this material appears.
An Exam Essentials section appears at the end of every chapter to highlight the topics you'll most likely find on the exam and help you focus on the most important material covered in the chapter so that you'll have a solid understanding of those concepts. However, it isn't possible to predict what questions will be covered on your particular exam, so be sure to study everything in the chapter.
Review questions are also provided at the end of every chapter. You can use these to gauge your understanding of the subject matter before reading the chapter and to point out the areas in which you need to concentrate your study time. As you finish each chapter, answer the review questions and then check to see whether your answers are right—the correct answers appear on the pages following the last question. You can go back to reread the section that deals with each question you got wrong to ensure that you answer the question correctly the next time you are tested on the material. If you can answer at least 80 percent of the review questions correctly, you can probably feel comfortable moving on to the next chapter. If you can't answer that many correctly, reread the chapter, or the section that seems to be giving you trouble, and try the questions again. You'll also find more than 200 flashcard questions on the CD for on-the-go review. Download them right onto your PDA device for quick and convenient reviewing.
questions presented in the book. There are 200 randomly generated questions on the PMP exam and 150 on the CAPM, so it isn't possible to cover every potential exam question in the Review Questions section of each chapter. Make sure you understand the concepts behind the material presented in each chapter and memorize all the formulas as well.
Like the exam itself, this Study Guide is organized in terms of process groups and the natural sequence of events a project goes through in its life cycle. By contrast, in other study guides, material is organized by Knowledge Area-Human Resource Management, Communications Management, and so on — and it can be confusing when studying for the exam to map the processes in each Knowledge Area to process groups.
Don't rely on studying the review questions exclusively as your study method. The questions you'll see on the exam will be different from the
In addition to the assessment test and the review questions, you'll find bonus exams on the CD. Take these practice exams just as if you were actually taking the exam (that is, without any reference material). When you have finished the first exam, move on to the next exam to solidify your test-taking skills. If you get more than 85 percent of the answers correct, you're ready to take the real exam.
The CD also contains an audio file that you can download to your favorite MP3 player to hear a recap of the key elements covered in each chapter.
Finally, you will notice various Real-World Scenario sidebars throughout each chapter. These are designed to give you insight into how the various processes and topic areas apply to real-world situations.
Additionally, if you are going to travel but still need to study for the PMP exam and you have a laptop with a CD drive, you can take this entire book with you just by taking the CD. This book is available in PDF (Adobe Acrobat), so it can be easily read on any computer.
Also on the CD in PDF is the appendix, "Process Inputs and Outputs."
For those of you who purchased the Deluxe Edition, you'll find a series of scenarios and exercises that map to each chapter. These workbook exercises are designed to help you put the theories you've learned in each chapter into practice.
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