FAQ’s, just in case . . .

FAQ’s, just in case . . .

  • What kind of discounts do you offer?  We currently offer a discount promotion code for US Law Enforcement personnel, active duty US military and veterans of all US Armed Forces services, as well as Gold Star Family members. Contact us for the promo code before you register.

 

  • What do I get for this investment? In addition to 4 instructor-led days of classroom training, comradery and practice, you will get our exclusive binder filled with the information you need, and nothing you don’t. You will get your own copy of the PMBOK Guide®, and 90 day access to our online PMP® exam simulator tool. You will also bear witness to catchy tunes, spirited discussions and, if you are lucky, leprechauns!

 

  • Does the cost of PrestoPrep include my membership to PMI? No, it does not. But, we recommend you join PMI and then schedule your test date, to take advantage of cost savings with membership.

 

  • Does the cost of PrestoPrep include the cost to sit for the exam? No, it does not. We recommend you join PMI and then schedule your test at the test center of your choosing. Membership in PMI will save you some money on the exam fee.

 

  • Will I take the test during the 4 day class time? No. You will learn and take practice tests via online simulator. You will need to actually schedule the test at a Prometric.com test center of your own choosing. We’ll walk you through all that in class.

 

  • What other costs might I expect? The exam will cost you $405 – $555, depending on whether or not you choose to become a PMI member before paying for the exam. This may seem like a wash, cost-wise, but if you choose to join PMI ($139 annually) prior to paying for the exam, you’ll pay $405 for the exam instead of $555. For those of you who work in organizations that will pay for exams but not memberships, you are probably picking up what I am laying down. If you are paying out of pocket or want to save $11 overall, do the two-step: join PMI and then pay for the exam. PMI membership has a host of goodies that go along with that $11 savings. Besides, $11 can buy a bunch of Twinkies.

 

  • If I take the PrestoPrep class, you give me the PMP®, right? No. With perfect class attendance, we give you a lovely certificate that states you have completed the classroom requirement. Coworkers and loved ones are deeply impressed with certificates, so when you get it, flaunt it. Once class is complete, you will need to schedule, sit for and pass the PMP® exam at a Prometric.com testing center near you. Better yet, the Prometric testing center in Honolulu has open seats (wink, wink!).

 

  • Do I need to have the title “project manager” already? No, you do not. You need to complete the application on PMI.org. You do need to have familiarity with the role of a project manager and demonstrate that you have managed projects in the past. You need to have 4500 hours of project management experience.

 

  • Can I attach my resume to the PMI application? No. To keep from being overwhelmed by a variety of format and quantity of material, the Project Management Institute designed an application system that calculates most of the qualification data for you — hours of project management experience, months of project management experience and all your demographic data (your school, training and contract information) so you can see if you meet the qualifications as you are creating your application. The only data that requires a person to evaluate it is the project description. To manage this process, PMI allows you to enter 550 characters (not words) for each project you enter on your application.

 

  • How long will the PMP application take for me to complete? Most people find that application takes between 90 minutes and 4 hours. If you are stuck getting organized or have questions about your experience, drop us a line at Gordon@theYRG.com. He’s a real project nerd and loves the application process.

 

  • What if I have a higher degree(s) than a Bachelors? Good for you. You listened to solid life advice and probably have huge student loans, neither of which will make a difference on your PMP® application. High school diploma or 4-year degree are the two benchmarks.

 

  • If I am audited, what do I do? Ooh, only 10% of PMP® applications get audited. Chances are you will be part of the herd that races right past the auditors, like a joyful gazelle ready to munch on the sweet grasses of PMP® pastureland. Sorry, lost myself there. If you are snagged by the audit process, PMI will send you explicit instructions in an email describing what you have to do.

 

  • Will we be using actual exam questions? No. PMI does not release actual exam questions. We will be using questions based on literature reviews and updates from PMI.

 

  • Do I have to sit for the exam again, every so often? Once you pass the PMP exam you never have to take the exam again, provided you keep up with your continuing credential requirements. Luckily, the Project Management Institute sends regular emails so you know when your renewal deadline is approaching.

 

  • What grade do I need to get to pass? Glad you asked. While there is no definitive number published by PMI on what it takes to pass the PMP, the most commonly quoted number is 65%. You won’t get a numeric result on the exam, just summaries of each exam category with two passing results, “proficient” and “moderately proficient.” The result you don’t want to see is “below proficient.”

 

  • How much time do I have to take the exam? How many questions are there and how is it organized? The PMP exam is a 4-hour timed exam with 200 multiple-choice questions presented in random order. At the end of the 4 hours you will receive the results. If you finish early you can submit your exam for grading although there are no bonus points for speed.

 

  • Can you take the exam for me? (crickets)

 

  • What if I fail the first time? If you fail the exam, we will pay for you to re-take the exam provided you took the exam within 30 days of the last day of class. If you wait several months, you won’t be as sharp as you are when the material is fresh in your mind. And, we cannot assume the risk of you waiting. If you take the test within 30 days and fail, we will pay for the re-take, as long as it is within the 30 days since the last day of class.

 

  • What if I fail the 2nd time? Can I take it again? If you take the 2nd re-test and fail again, you should definitely reach out to us before you schedule the 3rd exam. If it is within 60 days from the last day of class, we will also pay your re-take fee. We can honestly tell you, we have never had anyone do this with our materials. And, we don’t think you will either!

 

  • Can I get my money back if something comes up at work? Unfortunately, we will only be able to reschedule you for another class. Since our classes are limited in size, having an empty seat is unfortunate for all parties and we encourage you to plan accordingly. We hate to have an empty seat, where you should be sitting.

 

  • Can I get my money back if I fail the test? We don’t offer a full refund if you fail the test. We offer to pay for the 1st re-take of the test (and only if it is within 30 days of the last day of class), the 2nd re-take (only within 60 days) and the 3rd take (within 75 days). If you have failed all the re-tests, you can have a refund of the cost of the class less the cost of the exam re-takes. None of our students have ever failed 3 times.

 

  • How soon can I start calling myself a PMP? Immediately upon receiving your positive exam results you can start calling yourself (drum-roll please) “this is me, PMP.” Print out your results page at the Prometric.com testing center, hold that sheet high over your head and yell, “YES! I did it! I grabbed life by the letters and ooooh, it feels so, so good!” Well, OK. Don’t do that because other people are will still be testing. Do try that one out on your family and co-workers though. They may buy you goodies and offer to rub your feet.