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How to Divide Time in the PMP Exam

Exams have always been a challenge for students, but you can pass any exam successfully with some effort and time management. PMP Exams can get more challenging for us as we delve into our professional lives. PMP exams can also be quite difficult for students due to their tricky, concept-based, and scenario-based questions. The PMP exam checks your knowledge and understanding of project management concepts. 

Passing the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam is crucial to make a significant name in this career. In this article, we will help you strategize and divide your time effectively to maximize your chances of passing the PMP exam with flying colors. 

Understanding the PMP Exam Format: 

Before attempting any exam, it is important to understand the format and structure of the exam. The PMP exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions, which are divided into five domains: 

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing

You will have 4 hours to complete the exam, meaning you will have 240 minutes to answer 200 MCQs, which is sufficient time to answer if you have prepared well. So, let’s design a quick and exclusive time allocation plan for you first. 

Design a Quick Time Allocation Plan: 

Here’s a simple way to evaluate your PMP exam and divide your time effectively: 

Quick Scan: 10 minutes 

First of all, you will give a thorough read to the exam paper. Please read the questions from all five portions of the exam and their answer choices. You are advised to spend only a little time on any question. This initial quick scan will give you a quick insight into the exam; it will help you identify easier questions and answer them first. 

First Half: 2 hours

You can now begin answering the questions in the order that’s convenient for you. Your target should be to answer more than half of the questions in these two hours. However, you are advised to only stay for a short time on difficult questions. If you are not too sure, make a sensible guess and mark it for review later. 

Second Half: 1 hour 

Once you have completed your first half of two hours, you should complete all the remaining questions. You will also answer the difficult questions that you left at this time. 

After answering all the questions, go back to review the marked questions and take more time to answer those questions. Think and make your best possible guesses, but don’t leave any questions unanswered. 

Review and Change: 30 minutes 

Have a thorough look at all the answers you have marked. Double-check each question to see whether you have marked correctly or not. If you need to change, make it only if you are confident about it. 

Final Review: 20 minutes 

In the last 20 minutes, you will review the exam paper again and look for any careless mistakes you have made. Avoid making changes in the answers at the very last moment. Double-check any answers you are still determining. 

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Use these tips to divide your time wisely and ace the PMP exam. The PMP exam is difficult, but you can clear it in the first attempt with better preparation, a vivid time management plan, a calm mindset, and strategic guessing. 

So, all the very best for your PMP Exam.