What makes the PMP exam prep difficult?

Honestly, you need to put in a lot of efforts, while going through the PMP exam prep. You will face difficulties while preparing for your examination, and will not be an easy task. Here are some of the difficulties you may face, which makes the preparation difficult.

1.      Length of the PMP exam prep courses

You need to go through a massive examination course. The mandatory study material, PMBOK guide, itself comprises of a huge course which is a must read to successfully clear the examination.

2.      Difficulty level of questions.

You should be acquainted with the plan of the PMP prep and exam. There are 200 different real-life scenario based questions (175 scored and 25 unscored) that test your insight and comprehension of the ideas and terminology of project management concepts. Following is the structure of the questions in the actual examination.

·        Planning – 24% - 48 questions.

·        Initiating – 13% - 26 questions.

·        Executing – 30% - 60 questions.

·        Monitoring and Controlling – 25% - 50 questions.

·        Closing – 8% - 16 questions.


3.      Complexity of the exam structure.

Doesn’t matter the prior project management experience you have, you need to answer all the questions in the examination, from the PMI’s perception. You must have a strong grasp over the contents and an understanding of the terminology of project management concepts.


PMP certification is utmost difficult professional qualification to receive, mostly bearing in mind of the sort of questions tested through the examination. The applicant must crack and separate answers for both situational and scenarios based questions and solve 200 questions in the allotted time of 4 hours.

It is always suggested that you primarily begin you exam preparation a minimum of 3 months before you schedule the examination. Make sure you complete the entire course at least a week before your examination date, the remaining time will give you the time required to go through additional study materials and you will get the time to revise. You can do so by familiarizing yourself with other study materials and web sources for PMP exam prep.

EducationEdge • 2019 Aug 19

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