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PPreparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam can be daunting. With a plethora of PMP preparation resources available on the web, you may feel overwhelmed, unsure, or confused as to which resources are the best.

Creating an effective personal study plan with goals and deadlines, and using the best exam preparation resources will help ensure the success of your PMP certification.

In this article, we share some PMP exam preparation strategies and resources to help you prepare for the exam. Options range from short practice tests to PMP preparation courses. Let’s dive in.

Prepare for your PMP exam

With the PMP exam costing up to $555 per attempt, proper preparation is key to saving money, time, and energy. The Project Management Institute (PMI) administers the PMP exam. PMI states that successful test takers spend 35 hours or more preparing for the exam.

The following considerations can help you pass the PMP exam on the first try.

Get minimal contact times

PMP candidates must complete at least 35 contact hours of formal project management training before taking the certification exam.

You can build up these contact times in the following ways:

  • PMI Authorized Training Partners
  • Employer/Corporate Sponsored Programs
  • Training companies or consultants (e.g. training schools)
  • Distance learning company, including an exam at the end of the course
  • Academic and continuing education programs at universities/colleges

Establish an appropriate testing schedule

Once you’ve completed your contact hours, it’s time to set a schedule for the exam.

The American Psychological Association suggests extending your study time over a longer period of time to help you retain information better. For example, if you aim to study for a total of 35 hours, it is better to study three to four hours a week for nine to eleven weeks than twelve hours a week for three weeks.

Last-minute cram sessions can be helpful for storing information in the short-term, but spacing the study sessions out leads to better memory.

After you’ve determined how long you want your preparation to last, schedule study time and practice tests before exam day.

Do practice exams

Practice exams are a great way to track your progress and test how well you remember the exam material. You don’t have to take the full 200-question test every time. Shorter, more focused tests can help you identify areas for improvement and increase your knowledge on specific topics.

Towards the end of your preparation time, make sure you’re ready for exam day by taking the paid PMI-authorized practice exam. This practice test follows the same format as the PMP certification exam and gives you a real feel for the design, questions and time frame of the official test.

PMP exam preparation resources

The following resources, with the exception of PMI’s official Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide (PMBOK® Guide), are completely free and may be used for self-study and reference purposes.


The PMBOK Guide is the essential resource for everything related to project management. It outlines the best practices, terminology, and guidelines that all project managers should know. The PMBOK Guide is a must-have resource for any project manager. It only costs $99 and is free for PMI members.

PMP is a free, no-frills resource to help you prepare for the PMP exam. The site offers four PMP practice exams, each containing 50 multiple-choice questions covering three areas: people, processes, and business environment. This practice test reflects the same proportions as the official PMP exam.

Each practice test is scored immediately and provides detailed explanations for incorrectly answered questions.

PM PrepCast

PM PrepCast offers a free practice test with 120 questions. Each question is associated with a specific knowledge area and domain of project management. This resource includes a test timer and self-check flagging feature. If you have trouble answering a practice question, you can use the hint button.

PM PrepCast also offers a project management exam simulator for $149. This resource includes over 2,280 sample questions with detailed answer notes and helpful references to fuel your learning.

Project Management Academy

As a PMI Authorized Training Partner, Project Management Academy offers all users a free 50-question training exam. The organization also offers 2,000 additional practice questions for Project Management Academy students.

The Project Management Academy practice exam is based on the topics of the PMBOK guide. Your exam results include explanations for each answer. Remember that you must enter your name and email address to receive your exam results.


Quizlet’s user-created learning set includes over 1,500 terms and definitions. Quizlet is free, requires no account, and offers multiple self-study options, including a flashcard feature.

With an account, you can use Quizlet’s term matching feature. You can also create a test that contains written answer, multiple choice, true-or-false, and match questions. If you want a more advanced learning experience, the Study Path feature uses your individual goals to create a study plan.


BrainSensei offers two PMP training modules and a mini practice exam. This resource offers a seven-day free trial.

Each module uses an interactive slide deck and videos to teach project management concepts. The first module gives an overview of project management, the second focuses on the initiation of a project. Each unit provides self-assessment opportunities that require users to drag and drop the appropriate vocabulary terms into the appropriate boxes.

This practice test resource is free and includes 25 questions. organizes its PMP practice questions into five sections that align with the five steps of the project lifecycle: Initiate, Plan, Execute, Monitor & Control, and Close. Each question is multiple choice and includes a brief description.

This resource is best for quickly testing your knowledge of the project lifecycle.

Just learn

The Simplilearn practice test is free and based on the PMBOK guide. It contains 200 multiple choice questions. Test takers have 240 minutes to complete the practice exam. You can pause and resume the test at any time and retake the exam as many times as you like.

Completing this lengthy test from start to finish can build your mental stamina to prepare for real business. Skillup by Simplilearn offers a free PMP Foundation course if you need more study time before the practice test.


Udemy’s free PMP exam prep course covers various introductory project management concepts. The five-unit course—plus a paid self-promotional unit—walks through each topic with short video lessons that total just 1.5 hours.

The Udemy course can be helpful for those who are just starting a career in project management or are looking for more information about the PMP exam.

PM training

This free practice exam with 200 questions uses Google Forms. Once the test is complete, your results will include an endnote and provide feedback referencing specific sections of the sixth edition of the PMBOK Guide.

Some practice questions relate to concepts covered in the PMBOK guide, and some relate to agile or adaptive methods. This test can give you a comprehensive overview of the questions you will find in the PMP certification exam. Those interested in the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner exam can also benefit from this practical test.

PMP TestPrep

Unlike the other free practice exams on this list, this resource offers three levels of difficulty. The easiest level is not timed and gives instant feedback after each question. The second is limited to two hours and gives feedback at the end. The third and most difficult level limits your time for each question.

This exam comprises 90 questions and explains the correct answers after submission. The test also shares your accuracy in each of the PMBOK guide’s performance areas, helping you identify areas that may require more study time.

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