On December 8th, 2014 I wrote the exam to get my CAPM designation and PASSED (Whew!). Here are some hints/tips on what I found while studying and writing the exam.
First of all, when it’s done electronically you find out as soon as you’re finished but if it’s the written version, you can wait 5 -6 weeks before finding out. I’m glad I found out the results right away.
I signed a document saying I can’t give too many details on the exam questions but I will tell you a couple things.
KNOW YOUR ITTO’s (Inputs, Tools and Techniques, Outputs)!! The CAPM exam has a lot of – “Which one of these is an Input (or Output or Tool) to the process …?” That’s probably the biggest suggestion I can give.
Read the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) – that’s what the CAPM test is based on versus the PMP test which is more experience related. Based on my exam, if it wasn’t in the PMBOK, you weren’t tested on it.
Know the different documents, plans, tools and techniques and what they contain/do.
In order to get enough Professional Development Units (PDUs) to apply for the exam, I watched videos and did sample tests from a site called Learnsmart (using a deal from Groupon). Truthfully though, for my purposes, once I had the 23 PDUs that were required, I stopped watching the videos. I was learning more from reading the PMBOK and my other material than watching the videos. Perhaps the Learnsmart program is better for those who are getting their PMP.
For sample questions, I found and tried many different ones from all over the web. Finding CAPM (vs PMP) and PMBOK V5 (vs V4) wasn’t too easy. I think this site was probably the best – http://www.pmstudy.com/enroll.asp#CAPM. They have a free 3 day trial containing a sample 150 question test. I signed up towards the end of my studying period and I think their questions were about the closest to the real thing.
Hope that helps.