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The PMP exam, the Project Management Professional designation, is notoriously one of the most difficult and valued professional credentials in demand today. The exam consists of 200 questions and takes about 4 hours to complete. At a minimum, this means that you have about 83 seconds to answer each question.

While it can be grueling to prepare for and pass the PMP exam, especially on the first attempt, it doesn’t need to be. Passing it on the first attempt is an 'Iron Triangle' of Knowledge, Practical Experience, and Confidence.

This video, narrated by John Juzbasich D.Ed.(c), MLD, PMP, helps address the third leg: maintaining confidence. High-stakes exams naturally produce nervousness and pre-exam jitters but this results in one of two behaviors: you either rush or you slow down. Neither is helpful in passing the exam.

Rushing through your answers will easily result in mistakes because you’re not fully reading or understanding the questions. When your nervousness makes you go slowly, you are second-guessing yourself, and reducing the likelihood that you will answer all the questions in the allotted time.

The 5 PMP Exam Tips video provides numerous well-founded tips to help you prepare for the PMP exam experience which often creates nervousness before you even see the questions.