PMP Certification ExamPMP Certification Exam

Studying for the PMP certification exam or any exam — whether it is a college final or the SAT — requires a great deal of preparation and diligence.

However, cracking the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam is more challenging than most. Passing the PMP certification exam takes a tremendous amount of time, effort and persistence.

The PMP is a widely respected professional certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI).

The exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that must be completed in four hours or less. The questions are written by management industry experts and are designed to be difficult. The exam tests your understanding of project management essentials, including mathematics, data analysis, problem solving and leadership.

PMP Certification Test

Even though the test is difficult, receiving this certification is worthwhile as it can substantially increase your earning potential. A recent PMI survey found that individuals who have a PMP certification earn 25% more than those who do not have this designation.

Serious preparation is key to your success on the exam, even if you have an advanced degree or several years of experience in project management. It is common for experienced professionals to underestimate the difficulty of the exam and fail to receive a passing grade after studying for only a few days. Studies estimate that PMP candidates who successfully pass the exam spend approximately 35 hours or more preparing.

In other words, preparation is critical. Project management is a wide knowledge area and you will need a good amount of time and a solid study plan to master all the material. Follow the PMP best practices below to increase your chances of passing this challenging test.

Formal PMP Certification Exam Prep Course

Enrolling in a PMP exam prep course is a good option for people who are serious about passing the exam on the first attempt. Brain Sensei’s exam prep course is designed to help professionals master challenging management concepts, terminology and formulae.

All of our courses are 100% online and self-paced. Everyone who enrolls in our 35-hour Complete PMP Exam Prep course gains access to a large database of study materials, practice exams and study tips specially designed to help you master challenging management concepts quickly.

Once you enroll in the course, you have access to all the materials for six months. This gives you time to study the material thoroughly and at your own pace. Even though the prep course has no formal instructor, you still have access to plenty of support.

PMP Exam Prep Support

If you have a question regarding any part of the course, simply contact us via email and someone on our team will reach out to you quickly with a solution. You are never alone, and we are here to help you succeed. All of our users also have access to a private Facebook group so you can interact with other participants and form study groups.

Our course material is highly interactive. Instead of just passively reading or watching videos, our interactive materials consist of highly dynamic content including quizzes, assessments and infographics to ensure you are retaining the information and enjoying yourself at the same time.

35-Hour PMP Exam Prep Training

Our 35-hour Complete PMP Exam Prep course comes with four complete practice exams. All of our practice questions simulate the actual exam to ensure you are prepared as possible when test day comes. You can access the practice exams for the entire six months of your subscription and can re-take the exams as many times as you want.

Brain Sensei’s 35- hour Complete PMP Exam Prep course comes with a 100% pass guarantee. If you do not pass the PMP exam within one year from the day you purchased the course, Brain Sensei will provide you with another three months of course content access at no charge. If you fail on your second attempt, you will be provided another three months of free access. If you fail after your third attempt, the money you spent on your initial purchase will be refunded.

Latest Edition of PMBOK Guide

The majority of PMP exam questions are based on a gobal standard, A Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). This guide should be an integral part of your study strategy. Plan to study one PMBOK Guide knowledge area each week.

You can break it down even further and study one process each day. The process groups are the phases that a business project must complete in order and the knowledge necessary to understand at different times during the process groups.

Project Management Knowledge Areas

  • Project Schedule Management
  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Stakeholder Management
  • Project Procurement Management

These knowledge areas are the technical subject matter of any project management profession and are the main elements on the PMP exam. Many test-takers make the mistake of attempting to memorize everything about these knowledge areas. Memorization is rarely a good idea.

Understand the Core Concepts

Put in the effort to understand the core concepts well and study them in enough depth to ensure you can apply the concepts to real problems. Many questions on the exam are situational descriptions of an issue and you need to be able to apply your knowledge to answer these questions correctly.

After you finish reading the PMBOK Guide, take a break and study other materials for a while. Other study materials will present the information from a new angle and will help you understand the information more completely. Come back and review the PMBOK Guide a second time before taking the exam.

PMP Certification Examination Content Outline

Published by the Project Management Institute, the PMP examination content outline document is a great way to gain insight into certain aspects of the test. The outline document is free and is published on the PMI’s website. The outline breaks up questions by process area. If you find that you are struggling with certain process areas, this is a great way to get more practice in certain knowledge areas.

Review the examination content outline once you have already reviewed the PMBOK Guide. If something in the outline sounds very unfamiliar, go back and review that section in the PMBOK Guide.

Join a Study Group

There are several benefits to forming a study group to prepare for the PMP exam. Most importantly, forming a study group eliminates procrastination. Most people will put off prepping for the exam if they are studying alone on their own schedule. Forming a group that meets at a specific time keeps you accountable and ensures you study regularly.

Forming a group is also great because it helps you learn faster. Other members of your group will likely have different strengths and may be able to help you with areas you are struggling with. Preparing for the PMP exam is very hard work and can get very monotonous if you are studying alone. Studying with friends can make the process more entertaining and less repetitive.

All students who sign up for Brain Sensei’s PMP exam prep training course have access to a private Facebook group. This group is a great resource for finding other test-takers to be in your study group.

Complete Practice Tests Regularly

Practice tests are often a very good indicator of your level of readiness to take the actual test. They are also useful to help you identify knowledge areas where you are struggling. After taking a test, you will have a better idea of which areas you need to focus on.

Brain Sensei offers four practice tests to all students. In addition to identifying areas where you need to improve, taking these practice exams helps prepare you to sit in the same place for four hours. It takes four hours to complete the actual test and it is not easy to sit in one place and focus for that long. Sitting for that long can be a physically straining and mentally daunting experience. Taking practice tests on a regular basis can help prepare you to sit and focus for the entire duration of the test.

Use Flashcards

Flashcards are an affordable and effective way of studying for the PMP test. You can create flashcards on your own or download them and print them out from a study website. The key to success with flashcards is studying them for a few minutes frequently.

Take them with you and study them on the train, while waiting in line at the store or while watching television. After a few weeks of using flashcards, you will be amazed at the amount of information you will have retained.

Enroll in an Exam Prep Course

Properly committing to a PMP certification exam course takes a great deal of time, patience and dedication. While there are many techniques to help you study, enrolling in a Brain Sensei PMP exam prep course is a proven way to help you tackle this difficult test.

With interactive, online content that you can complete at your own pace, our prep courses are fun, affordable and highly effective. Visit our website today to find out how our PMP exam prep course can help you effectively prepare the test.

Read Our Reviews

Brain Sensei is rated 4.5 out of 5.0 stars based on 50 review(s).

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Liked it. Need access for longer though.

- Jerome

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What I like best about Brain Sensei is the interactive nature of the course. I think this material would be numbing if delivered as simple lectures with slides. This method is an improvement on that. On the other hand, an in-person course, while more expensive, would likely be even more useful if you have the funds and the time. I haven't taken the PMP exam yet, so I can't comment on how useful the practice tests are.

- James

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Great

- Yennyfer

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The Brain Sensei PMP program is a wonderful program that condenses the PMBOK into digestible and retainable bites leveraging the power of story telling. If you're looking for a program that will get you your credit hours but also help establish a foundation of PMI knowledge this is the program for you!

- Kenny Dalen

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Passed first attempt

- Lee

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Truly the best course in town if you wish to pass the PMP exam on the first try. I love the idea of playing the role of the samurai and practice your project management skill in her shoes. And not to forget, the generous amount of practice exam gave me just the right dose of confidence before taking the real one. Highly recommended

- Minh Vo

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The course was great, though I found a lot of parts hard to comprehend. I feel a lot more prepared and better skilled to manage projects in my career. Thanks, Brain Sensei.

- Jill Finkelstein

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The BrainSensei PMP preparation course provided me with all the material required to be ready for the exam. It is well structured, explains the concepts clearly, and most importantly, provides ample training questions through the four mock exams and assessment questions at the end of each module. I passed the exam with Above Target in all sections on the first attempt.

- Gael Riethmuller

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Overall I really liked this learning course. It was very helpful and allowed me to be well prepared for the exam. The 2nd and 3rd practice exam are great to give you real example questions and help prepare you for what to expect. BrainSensei's customer service was the best. I had to delay taking my test due to COVID and they extended my membership for free. They went above and beyond my expectation which was great. Only changes I would recommend is to add 1 or 2 more practice exams like the 2nd and 3rd exam and get rid of the agile practice exam. This is not a real focus of the test and therefore is not really applicable in my opinion.

- Ronnie

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BrainSensei developed a great learning method to prepare for the PMP certification exam. Their customer service is always very professional, fast, spot on and dedicated to your success. I recommend them.

- G. Buchs

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I've sent several emails to BrainSensei (one of them not so nice, but the rest were okay) and the team has always been so polite in answering the questions. I'm a very straight-forward person and don't like the PMI-ism type questions because they seem like 'gotchas' or traps, and this is not how I manage my team. I took the Master of Project course (which was garbage) then failed the PMP exam. Throughout the PMP exam I felt so out of touch. Even with the first practice exam on BrainSensei I felt out of place, but I am not getting the hang of things. I hope to pass the exam on the second attempt! The brain sensei experience has been *miles* ahead of the Master of Project garbage. Brain Sensei should be proud of both their product and of their team! I love getting replies to my concerns so quickly. Nice work :) !!!

- Joseph Mather

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This course was great. it laid a great foundation for the PMP exam.

- Marc Vazquez

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very useful

- Dan

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I was very pleased with the preparation provided for the PMP certification. I went through the materials twice and passed the exam on the first try. A couple of the questions need to be polished up, but very good training overall.

- Glen

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Very easy to work with and quality product.

- Joan

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The storyline provides excellent examples that provide context for understanding the core concepts and processes

- Ann

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Good self paced learning tool

- Muneer

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Outstanding job

- Jerome

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This is by far the best way to prepare yourself for the PMP exam. The material is presented in a unique and engaging way that makes learning it easy and also fun! The company behind this course is also very professional and responsive. Keep up the great work!

- Amir Afifi

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I have studied with other programs and I didn’t feel prepared. After a short time with Brain Sensei, I had the confidence to succeed on exam day, which I did on the first try after studying with Brain Sensei. It was worth every penny.

- Andrew Grady

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Great program

- Ashley

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Course is made for people who are already grounded in the material, not for someone that needs all the basics. Was budget friendly and OK content.

- Andrew

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Brain Sensei is great tool to have in the study arsenal while preparing for the PMP exam.

- Derek

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I really enjoyed the modules and content offered by Brain Sensei! I passed the PMP Exam on the first try and would recommend this course to anyone who is looking for a great PMP Exam Prep.

- Delfin Gallegos

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Overall layout is good, but there are some quality issues. Progress isn't always saved across all devices and progress gets lost. Some small spelling mistakes. I loved the practical storyline...

- Riaan

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Passed my PMP on first attempt using Brain Sensei Prep course.

- Mohammad Ali

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Quick and helpful response. Thanks!!

- Laura

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Absolutely Fantastic learning software. Highly recommend it! Very well thought out and creative. Really enjoyed my study time. Excellent mock tests and mock exams. So so helpful. Thank you Brain Sensei Team for being part of my PMP journey!

- Tracy

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Need improvement in presenting more relevant real exam type questions. The practice exams are too simple and easy and do not prepare you for the real exam. Otherwise, good concept presenting material

- Amir

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The prep materials provided plenty of content which prepared me well for the PMP exam. The questions were packed with information.

- Cameron

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Teaches the PMP in a solid manner, some things you need to know as a potential consumer: -The Samurai backstory is extremely short, and didn’t really assist me with recall in any in-depth way. It only gave broad brush-strokes as to what each phase entailed. -MOST of what was on the test was covered in the lessons, however if I had zero real prior PM knowledge prior to the test, I would have failed. -The first practice test forces you, as the student to actually read into the PMBOK, which was a benefit in the long run as it assisted me with quickly referencing what I needed to find. -The course will likely cover wave tops and subjects, forcing me to self-study for a week before my test... not a bad deal all things considered. -Brain Sensei’s course has incorporated Agile into one of their practice tests, and this test IS mandatory. This may seem strange, and I didn’t get a satisfactory reason why I needed to take a purely Agile test when I only wanted to take the PMP, for anyone else in this scenario, this is the reason: In June, PMI is revamping the PMP test to include Agile as a significant portion of the PMP. Brain Sensei is just ahead of the curve trying to get students prepared... fret not. Their customer service is extremely responsive and does take care of their members. My program had a couple bugs, and the customer service fixed my problems within 24 hours. All in all... it was absolutely worth the money for me.

- Kevin

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I am very impressed with this learning system. The content is laid out in a way that will make any learner understand all the process groups and ITTOs in order to understand Project management and be equipped to excel in the test. The learning system is engaging and fun at the same time. It's very different than other learning material which is composed mostly of videos. Some improvements are needed, but in my opinion Brain Sensei is great value for money

- said durra

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At first, I was attracted to Brain Sensei training for their original learning program using a Samurai's story. And indeed it made the whole learning experience funnier - so easier. I felt like the Samurai. Then, I was amazed by The Brain Sensei Team's reactivity and help when I reached out through contact@brainsensei.com Their support was constantly reliable and efficient. I appreciated their professionalism and didn't feel on my own. At last, the course and the practice exams proved to be efficient since I passed the PMP exam - with 'Above Targe't in all Domains. So thank you so much Brain Sensei Team !! Charlene

- Charlene LU

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Overall very good. Got stuck a few times trying to find resources which I should have downloaded the before starting the program. Customer service has been great.

- Jonathan Williams

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SO far I am thoroughly enjoying the Brain Sensei PMP prep course. I have taken a Project management class as a part of my degree which I recently completed and project management has always interested me. I find the course to be educational and easy to follow. I am grateful that this course has been designed in such a way that is simple to understand all of the complexities in project management and that allows me to study at my own pace.

- Eric Browne

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The content is good and easy to understand

- Glenn

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This review is based on completing all course work through module 102. The story and interactive nature of the course are helpful for learning and relating the material. It would be nice to have the page numbers to the PMBOK guide where references are made to it. Other information that will be helpful, are the explanations to the practice questions at the end of each module. These are provided only after immediately answering the questions. Having these available in the score summary from the 'history' tab will be helpful to refresh why the answer is correct and other options are not.

- Rohan Punit

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Overall I would rate this course an 8/10. I liked how there were exams towards the end of every module and I felt that it was very useful having it laid out in different scenarios. I rate it only an 8/10 as I had some glitch/software issues and lost my progress resulting in me having to re-do modules/exams multiple times. All in all, that was maybe useful in the end as it was a way for me study or 're-learn' the course material. Thank you!

- Nikki Cordy

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Clear and precise explanations of how things work. I was never lost navigating the course.

- Gary Nicol

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A smart approach to present the information which makes it fun and engaging while at the same time preparing for the PMP exam. Brain Sensei differentiates itself from other PMP exam preps in that it delivers the knowledge through the use of storytelling technique. I recommend this course because it will help you pass your PMP exam on the first try.

- Jamal

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Loved the story telling and the practice exams. I felt very prepared when the actual exam came around.

- Josh

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One of a kind training that was truly engaging!

- Claire

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Excellent course for preparing for the PMP exam in a fun and engaging way! The practice questions resemble the actual questions on the exam making it a completely worthwhile experience.

- Rossetta

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I passed the PMP exam after taking Brain Sensei's Online PMP Certification Exam Prep. The practice exam questions were so similar to the questions that appeared on the exam. On exam day, when I sat down to take the test and started running through the questions I felt so relieved! The practice exams are also timed so you get more comfortable with the exam experience and feel better prepared when you sit down to take the test. The other differentiator was the video content throughout the modules. The concepts are taught through a story of a young samurai defending her kingdom. This will probably be the only PMP prep course where you can learn all the knowledge areas and feudal Japan at the same time. I'd recommend this course not just because of the videos but because it helped me pass my exam on the first try.

- Jackie

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Good course, but a few grammatical errors with how some questions were worded.

- Sonia

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It was good!

- Sergei

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Loved the unique approach and it still had all the info I'd expect from a full PMP exam prep course. Very responsive on questions too.

- Chris