The Most Important 24 Hours Before PMP Exam Day

As you face your Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam, remember this:

1. Prepare Mentally the Day before the PMP Exam

After several intense and hard weeks of study and preparations, you are now ready to take on the PMP test. And the mental preparation in the last 24 hours before you actually take it are just as important as the weeks of study before. You want to be well prepared, both physically and mentally, to tackle the questions and pass the exam.

Going into the eve of the exam, it is important that you feel relaxed and unworried. This will help you prepare mentally for the challenges of the next day. One of the most important techniques here is to take one, possibly even two days off from work. Doing so will help you focus only on your exam and not worry about any work-related deadlines as well. Keep your focus!

2. Prepare for the Day of the Exam

Make sure that you get a good night’s sleep. Go to bed early and avoid things that could give you stress. Wake up early in the morning, do some light exercise just to get you warmed up and eat a good breakfast. Let my own experience be a lesson for you: avoid any food that’s unfamiliar or exotic for you. You don’t want to get an upset stomach during the exam like I had.

Remember, a positive attitude will help carry the day for you and help you achieve your goal of passing your PMP exam.

This article originally appeared as content on The PM PrepCast and is reprinted by permission of the author.

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Written by Cornelius Fichtner
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP is a noted PMP expert. He has helped over 47,000 students prepare for the PMP Exam with The Project Management PrepCast and The PM Exam Simulator.
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