REVISE, REVISE, REVISE.
It is that simple. The more you revise, the better you will understand the PMBOK and the more confident you will become. There are many ways of doing this: attending an exam preparation course, learning the PMBOK by rote, using self-study books, etc. The trick to passing the exams is to try to think like the PMI. Download the sample questions on their website to give yourself a feel for the language. There is also a basic knowledge assessment available on the PMI website. This assessment is based on the PMBOK and made up of 100 multiple-choice questions that measure basic but essential project management knowledge. It does not claim to replicate the exam conditions of the PMP or CAPM, and is certainly not as rigorous as the PMP, but it is a good starting point especially if you have not sat an exam for a while.
On the day itself do not panic. The exams may seem to take a long time, but most people who have sat the PMP have required only between 2.5 and 3 hours in which to complete it. In fact, you will have plenty of time to panic, calm yourself down and then finish the exam should you so wish. Both the CAPM and the PMP exams begin with a 15-minute tutorial on how to use the examination software. This is over and above the three or four hours provided to sit the exam. You will not be able to take anything into the examination room, but will be provided with paper, pencils and sometimes a calculator. Throughout the exam you will be given the choice to mark questions that you may wish to revisit, and you can move backwards and forwards through them. Finally, when you have finished you will be asked several times to confirm that this is the case. Upon the final confirmation the computer will work out your result and inform you immediately whether you have passed or failed, and you will receive a printout of your results. If you have been successful and passed the exam, your certificate will be printed and you will now be certified as a PMP or a CAPM. If you were unsuccessful, the PMI will write to you informing you of the process for resitting the exam.
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