A project management training course will only get you so far when it comes to APMP exam preparation. You can have all the knowledge in the world but it’s important to recognise that a lot of your chance of success comes down to the actions you take in the lead up to the exam itself. Revising thoroughly, practising how to answer exam questions most effectively and calming your nerves will all help improve your chances of success. It is not an easy exam, and you’re not alone in fretting about it, but there are plenty of ways to increase your chance of passing.
The first thing you need to do is understand exactly what it takes to pass this exam. Understanding what you are aiming for is important, especially when you’re practising so that when you do reach the necessary marks, you’ll know that you can pass the exam because you have done it with practise papers. You will be answering 10 questions out of 16 questions from a potential 37 subjects (covered by the syllabus) covered by the 52 Body of Knowledge subjects. You must get 55% or above to pass, which equals 275 marks or higher. Knowing your strengths, weaknesses and definite subjects to avoid altogether will help you feel confident selecting the right questions in the exam. As a priority, as part of your project management training course, you should do APMP practise papers, so that you can have something in your head telling you that you passed the practise paper, so you can pass the real thing.
Some people panic thinking that they need to know the ins and outs of every answer in order to pass. The APMP does not work like that. You will not entirely lose marks for a question just because the answer isn’t entirely correct. Show your workings and answer the questions as precisely as you can – all correct elements of your answer will be given marks, even if the end result is incorrect. So it is important to approach the answers with a ‘can do’ attitude and stay positive – everything correct you write counts.
In the exam you will find five different types of question, so it’s important to understand those different types of question so that you can practise answering them appropriately. The five different types of questions are – listing terms or phrases, list and describe questions, explain the importance of a concept, clearly describe what a term or phrase means and write a single sentence. Project management training courses can show you what these questions mean and how to answer them properly, remember knowledge is power and the more you know, the more chance you have of succeeding in this exam.
Manage Your Time
It is important to remember to focus on your time management in preparation for the exam and during the exam. The APMP is three hours long, and involves you answering 10 different questions. It is recommended you spend 15 minutes at the beginning of the exam selecting questions and mapping out answer structures, 15 minutes answering each question and 15 minutes at the end checking your answers. Practising the exam will enable you to practise your time management.
Revise And Relax
Remember to prepare as well as you possibly can, and give your brain regular breaks to absorb the information you are taking on. Exhausting yourself will not give you a greater chance of success, so don’t overdo it – you are only human after all. Place an emphasis on revision and reward, ensuring you are rewarding yourself for all that you have learnt, and giving yourself the necessary time to be calm and relaxed.
Your biggest priority throughout your project management training, revision, exam preparation and exam itself should be remembering your motivation for doing it in the first place. Project management is an excellent career choice and project managers are vital to many industries. Those who have an APMP exam certificate are valuable assets to companies and organisations and can earn a fantastic monthly income. No matter how much project management experience you have, holding an APMP certificate shows employers and colleagues exactly how skilled and knowledgeable you are in this subject.