So here you are – ready to take your exam. Its test day. now that we’ve given you the five essential steps for passing your PMP exam lets look at the last things you need to pass the exam on test day.
In order to succeed in your PMP testing, you need to have a strategy, or “Game Plan” for the testing event. This game plan might consist of Pre-Test Day and Test Day items. We suggest as the “ultimate PMP Exam Day Strategy”:
Before Test Day
You have already completed your application, prepared for the exam and scheduled your PMP exam at a Prometric testing center. Now you need to address some specific items:
- Prometric allows you to use scratch paper, pencil and a four-function calculator during the PMP Exam. They provide these items for you. It is very useful, to do a memory-dump before you initiate the Exam. Your memory-dump is done by jotting down key equations and reminders on scratch paper as soon as you sit down to your computer station. This is perfectly legal, acceptable, even encouraged. See the diagram following for an example of a memory dump.
- As you study and prepare, practice your memory-dump immediately prior to taking a set of practice exam questions. On Exam day, it will be a quick and easy process.
- A week or so before your PMP Exam, drive to your Prometric testing center to learn the route and traffic patterns. Ask a facility representative to familiarize you with testing protocols.
- The day before your Exam, take a break. Don’t study. Relax. Get a good night’s sleep.
On Test Day
- Dress in layers so you can respond to whatever temperature conditions are present in the testing center.
- Eat a light nourishing meal before you go.
- Leave in time to arrive 30 minutes early.
- One processes in and seated at your testing station, perform your memory dump
- Take the optional computer tutorial, primarily to acclimate and to relax.
- Before signaling to your test proctor that you are ready to initiate the Exam, take a minute to relax, get centered. Close your eyes, breathe easily, relax your muscles and stretch a bit.
- Begin your exam
- Treat each question as an independent event. For each question, follow the two step protocol for answering MCQ exams.
- Take periodic breaks in your seat. Sit back, close your eyes, breathe easy, relax your muscles, stretch a bit and then return to your exam.
- Maintain your focus and concentration. Don’t think about anything except executing your Exam strategy. Pay attention to your exam strategy, your passing score will take care of itself.
- Take all of the time allotted.
- When you feel confident that you have answered all of the questions to the best of your ability, the computer will prompt you to end the exam.
- Your pass/fail notification will be presented in a few seconds. A printout of your result will be waiting for you as you exit the testing room.
- The PMP Exam is a stressful event, mentally and physically. Give yourself the rest of the day off to celebrate and to recover.