Part of my current course of study at WGU was to complete the CompTIA Project+ course and exam. I’m happy to report I passed and am now Project+ Certified. If you are new to IT or are part of a project team then this course is a good perspective on how project teams could work in the business world. Though the exam wasn’t particularly difficult I could clearly see its advantages and how it could help an aspiring PM to grow in their field. The course context is more of an introduction and doesn’t get “too” heavy into the PM planning details but this course will give you the “insiders” view of project management and can help you to be more successful. Prior to taking this course, I would not have considered this certification valid in my field. However, after taking the course I can see its clear advantages and would recommend you acquire this certification. Unless you’re a very seasoned PM, you will have to study to pass — but today’s your lucky day, below are some of my tips!
Make sure you understand the following –
- Know your Organizational Project Teams, benefits, and cross functionality (Functional, ALL of the Matrix, Dedicated, etc) << Many questions on the various Matrix styles (weak, strong, etc)
- Know your basic formulas and practice them – the questions and answers are written in a way that could have you second guessing, so practice
- Know your advanced Formulas – Many folks said don’t waste your time on these as there is a 1% chance you’ll see them, well there were 2 on my test
- Know your acronyms – If you don’t know BAC, ETC, AC, PV, and so on, then you are not ready
- Understand IPECAC and what are the core tenants are for each phase
- Conflict resolution
- Charts and Arrows (PDM, CPM, ADM, Pert, fishbone, etc)
- Change Requests IDAACU < better know it well
- Estimating all types << Analogous, Bottom up, Parametric
- Work Breakdown Structure (WBS and Dictionary)
- Know those logs and registers (Issues, risk, change, etc)
- Be ready for word games << many questions contained similar words to the answer, these are a dead giveaway — look for them on the test
How did I study and pass –
I start with the practice questions supplied in my WGU study guides and develop a plan of study around the problem areas. I continue this pattern until all the study guide questions are making complete sense. As I progress with my studies I start to look for simple slides on the internet to create my study guide. When test day comes I review my slides, practice my formulas, and go through some final questions. It’s a pattern I’ve done for years now and have used to pass many tests.
Below are a few of my sample study slides, if you want the whole set, 52 slides, just reach out.
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