When PMP Students set Unrealistic PMP Test Dates

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PMP Students,

Why are PMP students setting unrealistic test deadlines?

Here at www.PMZilla.com and on my own website, I am reading about PMP students saying they need to pass the PMP in one month, or two months.

Today I received an email from someone who wanted me to help her increase her test scores from 40% to high enough to pass the test in just 20 days.  I told her it wasn't possible.  I advised she postpone her test.

I have found 3 reasons why people want to pass the PMP by a certain date.

  1. Their manager "wants" them to pass the PMP by a certain date.
  2. People have procrastinated and if they don't take the PMP test by a certain date they will need to spend more money to pass the PMP.
  3. Some people just set an unrealistic PMP test date for themselves.  Maybe they want to pass the PMP before they enter an MBA program (that was another nice client of mine).

As I tell potential PMP students on my website, or here on this website, passing the PMP is a project.  Processes like collect requirements, define scope, create work breakdown structure, define activities, sequence activities, develop schedule are obvious processes to be considered.

At a minimum, PMP students should create a milestone chart that includes taking the 35 required hours, thoroughly reading PMBOK 5 and a 2nd book, studying questions like the PMZilla questions, taking practice tests, etc.

Everyone, do you have a PMP milestone chart somewhere for passing the PMP?  Arrange and take the test when you are ready to do so.

If you don't have a project plan for passing the PMP, you should build one today.

Best Wishes on Passing the PMP in 2015,

Richard Kraneis, PMP
Chicago, IL  USA