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Preparing for the PMP Exam

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PMI and the PMP® Overview

The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in 1969 with the goal of advancing project management as a discipline and is the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession. Their professional resources and research empower more than 700,000 members, credential holders and volunteers in nearly every country in the world to enhance their careers, improve their organizations’ success and further mature the profession.  PMI’s first certification, The Project Management Professional (PMP®), was launched in 1984 with the purpose of recognizing individuals who have achieved an outstanding level of knowledge and proficiency in their field.


The PMP® recognizes demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams. If you’re an experienced project manager looking to solidify your skills, stand out to employers and maximize your earning potential, the PMP® credential is the right choice for you.


Candidates must have completed a high school diploma or an associate’s degree with 60 months (7,500 hours) of project management experience, or a bachelor’s degree with 36 months (4,500 hours) of project management experience. In both cases candidates must also have 35 contact hours of project management education. The application for the exam and verification of education and experience are done online at the PMI website.

Exam Prep

The exam is based on PMI’s methodology and not common industry practices.  Therefore, it is essential that you learn PMI’s way of doing things.  One way of doing this is by taking an exam prep class and that is how Babbage Simmel can help. 

The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification has become a highly sought-after indication of professionalism in project management. Preparing for the PMP® examination, however, can be a daunting and time-consuming experience.

In order to meet the needs of busy professionals Babbage Simmel has created PMP® 1-2-3: A Guide to Preparing for the PMP® Exam, which forms the base of this intense, five-day workshop. PMP® 1-2-3 brings together the materials covered on the PMP® exam into one easy to use, step-by-step method for efficient and effective exam preparation based on PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition.

PMP 1-2-3: A Guide to Preparing for the PMP® Exam the week of January 27, 2014.

Actual Test

The PMP® exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions.  175 of the questions count towards your score.  The other 25 questions are considered pretest questions and they are used to test the validity of future test questions.  The exam is computer-based and you have 4 hours to complete it.

The following is an allocation of questions:


Initiating                                             23

Planning                                              42

Executing                                            52

Monitoring & Controlling                44

Closing                                                14

Total                                                    175

Maintaining Certification

To maintain the PMP® qualification, 60 professional development units (PDUs) must be earned over a three-year cycle, from activities such as researching, authoring articles, speaking on project management-related topics, or being engaged full-time in project management

For more information on Preparing for the PMP® exam please contact Babbage Simmel at (614) 481-6555 or