The First Step – Test Prep
Let’s expand on each of the points above.
First I found a testing service that would help me prepare for the test. That means taking the test, repeatedly, every day, maybe several times a day. In the majority of circumstances I chose a testing service that was proven, like Transcender (www.transcender.com).
This company has never failed me. Every test I took with this as part of my preparation, I was successful. And EVERY time I told someone to use this service and they did not take my advice, they flunked the test the first time. Then they spent the money and paid for the service. These practice tests are not expensive, running into the hundreds of dollars (rather than thousands for the boot camp). In fact, if you take this plan and explain it to your employer comparing the price of the boot camp to your study plan, they may just buy it (figuratively and literally).
If you cannot find the Transcender for your particular certification exam, try some of the more prominent project management test preparation authors, my particular favorite is anything by Andrew Crowe. In my two most recent certification preparations I used Andrew Crowe and for the most recent one I added another favorite Mike Griffith. Some prefer one over the other and, after having them both, really did prefer Andrew Crowe for the test preparation and Mike Griffith for the learning part of the preparation. There are those that would rather just prepare for the test, and others that would like to learn the concepts. I like both, so I spend a little more time on the theory and application, as well as the test preparation. It is your call, depending on the time you have for the test preparation.
Be wary of test preparation sites that spout the pitch that you will pass the test on the very first time guarantee. It is NEVER a guarantee that you will pass the test on the first try; that is up to you, not some testing preparation.
Don’t sign up for just any testing site. I used a site once that get caught for attempting to get people to submit the questions to the tests, a highly unethical and even punishable offense. If you read and learn from the books, and prepare for the test, you cannot go wrong.