Tips To Help You Ace The APM PMQ Exam

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The author spent the first part of her career working in IT and IT Project Management in the oil industry and investment banking on complex global projects involving the management of outsourced project teams. She now runs a digital marketing company with particular expertise in technical SEO and Content Marketing.

There are many different project management courses you can take on your route to the top of the project management career path. One of the most popular and beneficial courses that most successful project managers take is the APM PMQ qualification. If this is the path you have decided to go down, you will want to pass your exam at the first attempt. Who wouldn’t? Of course, this is often a lot easier said than done, but here are some tips that should help you out.

Have a schedule or a plan

You would not get in a car and start driving to a place you have never been before without a sat nav or directions, would you? So, why should studying be any different? In order to get to your desired destination, you need to plot how you are going to get there. A study plan is like your roadmap. It ensures that all of the new material does not overwhelm you and that you can get to where you are aiming to go.

Master the APM Body Of Knowledge

Published by the Association of Project Management (APM), the APM BOK is the most useful resource when attempting to pass this exam. There are plenty of different books and resources on the market, but you will struggle to find a better one than this.

Don’t just rely on the APM BOK

Not that we want to contradict ourselves, but while the APM BOK is amazing, it is not designed to be the sole focus of your attentions. The best preparation is varied, and this is why you will need to refer to other resources and study guides in order to pass your APM PMQ exam.

Take practice tests

It is vital to do as many practice questions as you can while studying. However, it is also important to write practice APM PMQ exams too. You can use old papers to create a mock exam environment. This is a great way to help you get used to the time limit and get a feel for what the actual exam is going to be like.

Manage your time well

Not only do you need to manage your time well while you are studying, but you also need to manage your time effectively during the APM PMQ exam too. This is where the practice tests come in really useful. You are going to have around 1.2 minutes to answer each of the questions in the exam paper. However, you will want to give yourself time to look back over the paper, so the best approach is to dedicate a minute per question so that you have some time to go back over the exam paper at the end.

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Project management has developed into a fully-fledged chartered profession since the granting of the Royal Charter in the UK to The Association for Project Management (APM) in 2017. Training courses for project managers were already available and highly popular to help people gain professional project management accreditation, but with this wider recognition of the profession it is now seen as a desirable career path for many. Whilst the APM has the coveted Royal Charter and continues to develop its APM PMQ (formerly the APMP) programmes, there are also other internationally recognised qualifications that continue to be highly regarded such as PMP and PRINCE2.

Organisations have become increasingly project-focused in this era of rapidly emerging new technologies and they value the expertise that comes with experienced and fully qualified project teams and managers. By investing in their project management capability businesses can be confident of delivering their new projects in time and on budget more often and more successfully. Many major corporation are now training their people to have the right project management qualifications as well as relevant experience, through internal Learning & Development (L&D) programmes; or by using external project management training providers.

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