Tips for Passing the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam

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Tips for Passing the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) Exam

The Project Management Qualification (PMQ) is a valuable accreditation to add to you portfolio and CV. The qualification will give existing and aspiring project management professionals everything they need to know to be confident in managing future projects, both large or small. If you have recently sat our virtual course or studied elsewhere and are now planning on sitting the exam make sure to read on.

The PMQ exam is complex in that it is a written exam completed over a 3-hour period. You will be given a booklet which will contain 16 questions, of which you will need to select 10 questions that you feel comfortable answering. To help you secure your professional qualification our trainer, Michelle Rowland, has put together her top 5 tips to help you prepare and pass your exam.

What tips can you give me to pass the APM PMQ exam?

The best tip is to practise, practise, practise. The more you write answers the better you will get, and the more confident you will become.

Get someone to read your answer

Another tip I often recommend, in training sessions and with homework, is to get someone else to read your answer. Get them to be your critical friend. Do they think the question was answered or have you started to waffle? Have you included enough to give the reader a sense of what you are trying to get across without too much waffle and jargon?

Swap answers with fellow delegates

It is also worth swapping answers with your fellow delegates/classmates during the course to read their answers. You’d be surprised at what you can learn from each other. You may like the way they have said something which you can adopt and adapt in your own answers.

Use the PMQ study guide

Another tip is to use the PMQ Study Guide and attempt to answer all the question types they have so that you are well prepared for whatever may feature in the actual exam paper. Having a well-rounded understanding of all the topics will allow you to go into the exam feeling ready for whatever may be presented in the exam paper.

How much should I write in my PMQ exam?

Your trainer will cover this with you during your training. There is guidance on how much is too little or too much. Generally speaking, for ‘Explain’ style questions we say that you should have covered ‘Why, What, How, Who and When’ to give you a well answered question. Each of these could be a paragraph made up of 2-3 sentences, making it easier for the examiner to mark.

There is also guidance available from the APM that gives you examples of good and bad answers to potential exam questions. We will share this with you during the course.

On the APM site there is a whole section where they offer you lots of information.

Scroll down to the Supporting resources section.

If you would like to learn more about this qualification and like to join our next course, check out our Project Management Qualification here.



Author: Michelle Rowland, Project Manager Trainer and AXELOS Consultant

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