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How to Pass the Certified 
Associate Project Manager (CAPM) Exam in Two Months

A few weeks ago, I passed the CAPM after studying for it for 2 months of studying time. I found quite a few others online that have been able to do that, but I can attest that it is a tough task to do it in that time frame. The complication for me lied in the fact, that I had no one to bounce ideas off, no teacher, no peers, which might have helped.

For now, here is how I did it:

Read through the PMBOK once. ‚Ä®This is just to get a broad overview of the material. Don’t worry about really understanding everything, and how it all comes together.
– It took me 2 weeks (not studying on the weekends), 4-6 hours a day. I planned it first, and then measured against it. I ended up being faster than expected (I had planned for almost 3 weeks).
Tested myself with the tests at the end of each chapter of the CAPM Exam Prep book by Rita Mulcahy. This gave me a mark to measure my progress before and after reading her book. (I photocopied the tests, so that would be able to go through them multiple times.)
Read through CAPM Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy. This is a great book. Nicely lays out the general structure of project management (according to PMI). The author also uses a great sense of humor, which makes it much more fun to read, as the subject is pretty dry. I made sure to read through this book very thoroughly on the first go, and I made sure to understand absolutely everything: how everything connects, all the terms, every single comment that Rita Mulcahy makes on what you need to know for the exam.
– This took me three weeks, roughly one chapter per day (first day two chapters).

Tested myself again with the tests at the end of each chapter. At this point I’d gotten from 60% to 80%, but this test does not really represent your big three hour CAPM exam.

I also took a full three hour exam from a website online, that offered one for free. I scored only 64%, which would have been a failing grade on the real exam. But at this point, I still had not really done some of the heavy lifting of learning yet, so this was a real kick in the donkey for me.

Read the rest in the PDF, that you can download here (file size: 8MB) (sorry, the file size is a bit big, maybe someone can tell me how I can make it smaller)

Book: Cashflow Quadrant

I’m self-employed and I’ve tried myself at owning a business (at least at this point it’s “tried”). I’ve often wondered how did people get to become business owners or investors? What does it take? What are the real differences in mind sets?

I read “Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant” right after reading “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” – the last one I read in the “Rich Dad’s Series”, so no worries, I won’t report on any more books from Robert T. Kiyosaki. It shows in really easy ways, how people that are in the different parts of the quadrant think and act.

It was a real eye opener to me (just like “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”). This book is not a how-to, just an overview that will help you understand weather you even want to operate in a different “quadrant”. Maybe you are self-employed and would like to own a business. Many “self-employees” don’t understand the difference between the two.

Here are a few excerpts from the first few pages of the book:

“Because my rich dad had explained the Quadrant to me, I was better able to see the small differences that grew into large differences when measured over the years a person spends working.”

“Changing quadrants is often a change at the core of who you are, how you think, and how you look at the world.”

If you are serious about becoming a business owner and gaining financial freedom, do yourself the favor and buy this book. You can get it at Amazon for under $13, if you buy it used, you can even get it for less than a $1. This book is definitely worth your time and money.