How Much Time is Required For PMP Exam Preparation?

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PMP is a global standard certification for project management professionals. Preparing for PMP certification needs time, efforts and money. We find it a common query in project management community that people want to estimate time of preparation for PMP exam. It is required by Project Management Institute to complete 35hrs of preparation.  So we ask community experts at various forums and communities and have curated below the best answers about PMP preparation time.

Manish Kaduskar, PMP Professional says at Quora:

“Depends upon how much time you can spare.

The exam is situation based, and out of the four options, 2 to all 4 options might seem right. But only one answer is the ‘expected’ answer. You will need to read three books – Head first PMP (just to whet interest), Rita Mucahy’s book (to gauge your knowledge / depth) and finally the actual PMBOK (which is a very dry technical book). Exam has questions based on PMBOK and they expect you to know all inputs, major project management tools , techniques and outputs – so you will need to read the book a few times even if you have lot of practical knowledge.My suggestion would be to give one of the online exams that are available for free. If you are able to score above 65%, then go for the exam sooner, else take out some more time and study.Some of the sites with free exams are given below:PMP/CAPM Coaching : Targeting Success

Edwel Programs Oliver lehmann   test (tough)

Head First Labs from O’Reilly Media, Inc.

Simplilearn LMS

Register for Realistic PMP exam simulator , PMP Practice Mock Exam.

Anand Vijayakumar, A certified Project Manager with the PMP Certification for over 5 years at Quora says:

“There is no one standard – how much time you should study/prepare. It depends from person to person.

firstly, you need formal PM education/training to satisfy the PDU requirement for you to be eligible to take the PMP Exam. There are a few online courses that train you for this PDUs and there are classroom courses.

Secondly buy Rita’s book on PMP Exam prep. It is arguably the best PMP Exam prep book out there. If you want another book, try the head first PMP prep book. These two books should be sufficient for basic prep. Check out online blogs that have training/study material, tips n tricks etc that can help you. you will find a few at the end of this answer.

Personally, a minimum of 3 months would be required in order to clear the PMP Exam in your first attempt. Take at least 8-10 mock exams and don’t sched.”

Nguyen Si Trieu Chau, certified PMP, PMI-RMP & PMI-SP says at quora:

“200-400 hours are enough for the preparation (for non-native English speaking). You can learn 2-3 hours per day and complete the PMP in 3 months. The duration is various depend on your project management experience (that align with PMI method), English skills, and your learning ability. “

Clint Potts, Certified Project Management Professional with over 15 years experience at Quora says:

“You should spend enough time studying that you learn the difference between what you believe to be right from your experience as a “de facto PM” and what PMI tells us is the correct way. Don’t make the mistake of assuming what you have done is correct. I had been a de facto PM for 9 years before I took PMI training and learned that much of what I had been doing was not the correct way to manage projects. I got better because of my certification process.

First, you must get training in order to qualify to take the exam. You are required to have 35 hours of approved PM training in order to apply for certification.”

Sasha Fleur says at quora:

“For the PMP Certification exam you need to clear the eligibility criteria. You can have a regular study time fixed on everyday basis besides your regular work for the day. You should take a PMP training which will give you the 35 Contact Hours Certificate which is mandatory for the PMP Certification exam. You should also be sincere for your preparation as PMP is not an easy task to pass. You can go through the following to get few more details about how you can prepare for your PMP :Efficient Tricks to Prepare for the PMP® Exam “

Polisopher shares his experiences at Reddit:

“After reading the PMBOK I then took the 35 PDU prep course and will only have studied for 2 weeks before sitting for the exam on Tuesday. Probably should have added at least 2 more weeks to the study routine because my confidence in passing isn’t very high, although I know I am on the precipice of where I’d like to be. I’ve scored 58% on two different practice exams. I think I need to be scoring at least 65% on those exams to have a legitimate shot at passing. I’ll let everyone know how I do.”

Ken-E-Powers says at reddit:

“My opinion is allow at least one month after your prep course to study on your own. After the prep course I personally studied nightly with Rita’s book, no exceptions, even with little ones at the house. It’s been a while now but I would recommend at least 1.5-2 hours per night. My post-exam post is in this sub somewhere with probably better details because it was fresh.”


PMP is a certification which gives you a professional recognition in field as well as chance to grow in your organization. A company having Project management professional is also trusted more by the customers. In the light of above comments, it can be said that PMP preparation is a dedicated job. you should prepare a PMP study plan first. You can use an online tool like TaskQue to list down your study tasks with respect to specific days using Calendars. Average PMP preparation time is totally dependent upon your dedication and commitment. So, if you want to be a project management certified professional, register on PMI site today and start preparation of PMP exam by an authorized certified professional.


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