Friday, September 20, 2013

Plan the Plan for your ACP Exam

Most of us are probably Project Managers or involved with project management on a daily basis.  When faced with creating a project plan for an unusual project, we, at times, have problems.  Preparing for the PMI-ACP Exam seems to be such a project.

So what would a good plan look like to help you prepare for the PMI-ACP Exam?

Of course, we cannot provide you with a “one fits all” solution, but we can help you with some high-level milestones for your planning.

Here are a few milestones to get you started:

1)   Complete the required 21 hours of PMI-ACP training
  • Online training
  • Classroom training
2)   Complete and submit the PMI-ACP exam application
3)   Create a plan that has you studying for a set time every day until the exam.  For        
       example, study 2 chapters a night for 8 weeks.  Plans are like enforcers…..
      if you have one, you are more likely to follow it.
4)   Study studying by using one or more of these methods:
a.   Study by using an online PMI-ACP prep class
b.   Attend a PMI-ACP exam prep class
c.   Read the 11 recommended PMI-ACP books
d.   Study a PMI-ACP exam prep book, which encompasses the 11 recommended books
e.   Take several practice exams
  •         Online
  •         Books
f.     Once you score 80% or higher on 2-3 different, full practice exams, you are ready to take the exam


Between all these milestones, there is still one missing. Scheduling the date you’ve decided to pass the exam. I like to make this decision once I feel like I can see light at the end of the tunnel. If you study better under pressure, than go ahead and schedule the exam for the near future, say, 2 months from now.  This is entirely up to you.

This is a simple list of milestones to get you started.  


Good luck on the exam.




Thomas Schneider   &  Sandy Mitchell
PMI SFBAC chapter     PMI SFBAC chapter
PMP, ACP SCM           PMP, ACP









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