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What is the difference between the classroom live, virtual live and virtual self paced courses?
Everyone learns different and has different needs for a course. We have setup the classroom live, virtual live and virtual self paced courses to have minimal (if any at all) differences in content. Given your schedule, how you learn, etc. you might prefer one format over another. For example, if your work tells you go take a class and get through it, a four day classroom live, or virtual live class is likely a good fit. If you aren’t getting support from your work and doing the course on your own, the evening or Saturday (day) courses (classroom or live virtual) work well. If you don’t have consistent amounts of time available then the virtual self paced courses likely will work well for you.
How long after the course does it take to take the exam?
It varies, at the end of the Crosswind course we do an exit exam and interview with your trainer. Your trainer will make specific recommendations on next steps which could be schedule the test, review certain areas, fine tune your brain dump, etc… For example, if you do really well in the exit exam, but have a two week vacation immediately following the course, that is a totally different situation than doing really well and going right back to work. As a general rule most DO NOT have the contact hours of training to apply for the exam before the course, so once it is done and they submit their application, the exam is commonly taken in 2-3 weeks after the course. We also do not recommend that you take the exam after a few days of work. It is good to have your mind focused on the Exam only. Remember, waiting a few days to have a solid foundation of knowledge will help you on the exam and be a better project manager at work. Cramming your brain to pass a test the day after the class, then forgetting it all, doesn’t help your career long term.
Why do some companies advertise to take the exam the day after the class?
In our opinion it’s an attempt to make you think it’s easy. Nothing worthwhile is easy. What most people find out after signing up for one of those test the day after classes is that they don’t qualify to take the test the day after the class anyway. Ask yourself this:
1. Do you already have 35 contact training hours? If no, you can’t submit your application until you do, so if the class is what will give you the 35 hours, there is NO WAY you could submit the application, get approved and schedule your test the day after the class.
2. Do you know for certain you will be ready for the test the day after the class? Remember, everyone learns differently and at different speeds.
3. Does the test center have capacity the day after a class? The truth is most test centers are full a few weeks in advance.
4. Is it really in your best interest to take the test the day after the class? If you take a few extra days to study, it will likely benefit you. Remember, the test is situational, what is the best thing to do in this case or that case. You can’t simply treat this material like a math test to be successful.
What is your guarantee?
Pass or Free Re-Enrollment & Instructor Assistance. For example, if you come up short on the exam, we work with you one on one, to identify next steps and areas of improvement. Then we get you setup for review of content in courses as needed.
What if I am audited when submitting my application?
10% of applicants will be audited when submitting their applications. If you were truthful in submitting your application, it is simply a matter of getting a copy of your course completion certificate, degree/diploma, and have someone that you worked with on the projects you listed be able to check yes and sign that you did what you did. We then suggest you overnight it to Project Management Institute, Inc. at 14 Campus Blvd, Newtown Square, PA 19073 with a return receipt requested (just to be safe). If you have any questions about the audit process just let us know. We will be happy to help.
Do you help with the Exam application?
We help students with the exam application as needed. Sometimes it can be something as simple as answering a few questions, or reviewing a work description for the appropriate degree of detail. However complex the situation or question might be (short of writing the application itself) we will help get you there.
How long do I have to take the exam?
Once you are approved to take the exam, you have one calendar year to take the exam. You can take the exam up to three times in one calendar year.
What if I fail the exam?
If you fail the exam, we suggest you reach out to us to ensure you are ready before you go back to the test. We will work with you as needed to get you there. We help you fine tune things like getting the brain dump solid, practice question timing, confidence going into the test and more.
Do I need to buy any additional material to study for the exam?
The goal of any product we have is for it to be COMPLETE AND WHOLE. For example, if you buy our book, you shouldn’t need any other books. When signing up for our course you get our complete study system. That includes a bootcamp manual, flip notes, placemats, quick reference guides, cross reference guide, flashcards application, 18 hours of audio content, exam simulation with 150+ exams and over 5200 questions as well as a tip of the day broadcast.
When do I get my study materials for the course?
If you sign up before 3PM CST (Central Time) your materials will typically ship that day. Depending upon how close you are to Dallas, Texas, will dictate the duration from there.
Is there anything I should do before the course?
Ideally you will sign up before the course with enough time to start reviewing the materials and copying the brain dump. Any familiarity with the material before the class helps, but it’s not a show stopper.
What does the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential do for me?
The PMP certification is the gold standard of certification for those working in project management. Ten years ago it was a nice thing to have when looking for a job. Currently, it is a challenge to even be considered for the higher paying jobs without the PMP credential. We common hear from our students that after getting the PMP credential that the types of calls from recruiters are a different grade of jobs than they saw before attaining the PMP credential.
What is a Brain Dump?
A brain dump is a personalized memory sheet that contains things that can cause problems on the exam. For example the processes, formulas, various lists. It’s pretty common for a project manager to say I know these. I reply with, Ok, name them and I hear Uh. The key here is in reality we know where to look things up as needed. On the exam there are certain things you just need to have committed to memory to reference as needed. These items are built from what we recommend as a brain dump, then customized to your specific needs, to be copied on paper at the start of your PMP exam. We would suggest that you can copy this information in 15 minutes or less.
Where and When are our next classes?
Our classes options, dates and times are available on crosswindpm.com. We have live in classroom courses, live online courses and self paced courses.
What is included in the price of the course?
When signing up for our course you get our complete study system. That includes a bootcamp manual, flip notes, placemats, quick reference guides, cross reference guide, flashcards application, 18 hours of audio content, exam simulation with 150+ exams and over 5200 questions. Also included is the Crosswind Flex-Class option*** to sit through additional courses as necessary (in case life gets crazy, work gets busy etc.) until you pass the exam, as well as a guarantee that we will work with you as needed to pass the exam.
***If there are courseware updates between your original course and any additional courses you sit in on, there could be a charge for the updated or new courseware.
Does the price of the course include the exam cost itself?
Our course DOES NOT include the price of the exam itself. That is managed through Project Management Institute (PMI)® when you submit your application.
What is the price of the exam?
The price is $555 for anyone. If you are a PMI® member the price of the exam is $405. If you need to retake the exam, the retake amount is $275.
Does the Crosswind course meet the requirements for the 35 contact hours needed to apply for the exam?
Yes, Crosswind is a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.). Our courses are registered with PMI®. If you are audited in the PMP® Exam application process, you only need the completion certification as documentation for the Crosswind course.
What does global on the schedule mean?
This means that the course is a live synchronous online class. Regardless of where you are, you can log into the class when scheduled, take the course and use your provided study materials. A high speed internet connection is required.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for the class?
Our preference would be for you to sign up as early as possible. This allows us to ship you the material in advance. Everyone has different experience and levels of experience, so there is no one recipe for all. As a general rule, if you can familiarize your self with the material at a high level before the course it will help you get the most out of your experience.
After the class, when should I schedule my exam?
At the end of the Crosswind course we do an exit exam and interview with your trainer. Your trainer will make recommendations on what they think you need to do while taking into consideration what is going on in your life during that time. For example, if you do really well in the exit exam, but have a two week vacation immediately following the course, that is a totally different situation than doing really well and going right back to work. As a general rule most DO NOT have the contact hours of training to apply for the exam before the course, so once it is done and they submit their application, the exam is commonly taken in 2-3 weeks after the course. We also do not recommend that you take the exam after a few days of work. It is good to have your mind focused on the Exam only. Remember, waiting a few days to have a solid foundation of knowledge will help you on the exam and be a better project manager at work. Cramming your brain to pass a test the day after the class, then forgetting it all, doesn’t help your career long term.
What is next if I don't pass the exam?
If you don’t pass the exam we work with you as needed to get you ready. There is no extra charge for this as part of the course. Specifics vary as needed. A few examples were working with a student on Saturdays for six weeks to help her work through anxiety issues on the exam. Also, a person that had a medical condition that made a four hour test impossible. We worked with him to coordinate timing, filling gaps in information and to get 8 hours to take the actual exam. This allowed him to take in medicine and testing supplies.
Does your book include PMBOK® Guide related items?
The Crosswind PMP® Exam Success Series: Bootcamp manual is licensed by PMI to include PMBOK® Guide related material as needed.
What about content for the exam that is not in the PMBOK® Guide?
Our Founder Tony Johnson has been in face to face meetings with PMI’s architect of the exam before. The architect stated that 60 to 80% of the exam COULD reference the PMBOK® Guide. The other 20 to 40% could come from anything used in modern project management. While PMI does not make a list of additional references for the exam questions, we feel extremely confident in the material we have added to the Crosswind PMP® Exam Success Series: Bootcamp manual that is NOT in the PMBOK® Guide being appropriate for your exam readiness.
Does this book include an exam simulation application?
Unlike some books that include only a trial product, The Crosswind PMP® Exam Success Series: Bootcamp manual includes a complete exam simulation application that provides you 12 month access to a full 200 Question PMP Exam simulation and ITTO (Inputs, Tools & Techniques, Outputs) questions. Also included in the online content are exam application tools and quick reference guides.
Does this book describe how to fill out the PMP exam application?
Yes, the Crosswind PMP® Exam Success Series: Bootcamp manual includes an excel workbook to get your experience hours listed in so you can put them in the application. It also includes a PDF of screen shots of a sample PMP® Exam application.
How many practice questions are in this book?
The Crosswind PMP® Exam Success Series: Bootcamp manual includes 560 printed questions with full explanation and Crosswind PMP® Exam Success Series: Bootcamp manual reference, as well as a PMBOK® Guide reference (if applicable). There are a total of 30 questions in each of the twelve content chapters as well as a complete 200 question random exam similar to what you might expect on the real PMP® Exam. There is also an exam simulation application with a complete 200 question exam and ITTOs exam.
Is there a soft copy of this book available?
Currently the only soft copy of the book available is through Amazon’s kindle store. In the near future we envision an ibook being available as well. Given both of those stores pricing policies, the soft copy of the book would need to be purchased through them directly.
How does this book work with the PMBOK® Guide?
The Crosswind PMP® Exam Success Series: Bootcamp manual was designed to be the only book needed to pass the exam the first time you take it. Some students feel like they need to look at the PMBOK® Guide because it is the PMI Book. What we normally hear after that is that our book covered the material to the degree needed for the exam, if not more.
Where can I buy this book?
The Crosswind PMP® Exam Success Series: Bootcamp manual is available at crosswindpm.com as well as amazon, and other popular technical bookstores and locations.
Is this book only used to pass the exam or can I use it as a project management reference?
We hear from many students after they pass the test that they hold onto their copy of the Crosswind PMP® Exam Success Series: Bootcamp manual as a project management reference. It is relatively easy to read and breaks things down in a simple to the point format.
What devices does the application work on?
The application works on any devices with a modern web browser. We have found that with at least a 5.5″ screen or bigger you get the best experience. Devices with smaller screens might require scrolling on longer questions.
How long is the subscription?
The subscription is 12 months.
What if I don't take my exam before the subscription expires?
We can extend the subscription for a discounted price. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the specifics with your product.
What if new material needs to be added? How do I get it?
This is a web browser based application so if any new questions or content become available, we add it and the next time you log in you will have access to the new content.
How many times can I take each test?
You can take each test as many times as you would like within the duration of the subscription.
What subjects are tested?
There are over 150 specific tests available.
Framework, Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resource, Communications, Risk, Procurement, Stakeholder, Professional and Social Responsibility (PMP® Exam Only)
Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, Closing
Inputs, Tools & Techniques, Outputs (ITTOs), Reverse ITTOs, Terminology, Reverse Terminology, Calculations
Do the tests use the same questions again?
Each category has a certain number of questions. For example Scope beginning might have 80+ questions in it. Every time you take the Scope beginning exam it will pull 20 questions from that category. Larger exams such as PMP expert have a large number of questions to pull from to create the 200 question exam.
Are there any extras as part of the application?
The application includes downloadable files such as quick reference guides, an excel workbook to organization your PMP exam application experience hours and a PDF of screen shots of a sample application.
How many devices can I install it on?
You don’t need to install it at all, as it’s a web browser application. You can run it on any device with a modern secure web browser.
What if I have a hard time getting through the practice questions in time?
Our application has four levels of exam that are accelerated versions. For example, if you have four hours to cover 200 questions on the real exam, PMP Exam Expert Level is a great sample. If you need more time the accelerated version of that test will force you to have to go through the same number of questions, but in less time. Some people read slow, some overanalyze, some can’t simply commit to an answer. The accelerated exams are the secret for success in that area.
Are the practice questions timed?
The application has exams that are timed to simulate a full exam and also it has exams that allow you to focus on a specific subject in either 20, 50 or 100 question exams. The smaller question exams we have found work better for learning the subjects, then reinforcing with the timed larger duration exams.
I am a busy project manager and it is difficult to get time to work on practice questions. Will this application help me?
The application has over 150 exams with over 5200 questions. There are a variety of 20, and 50 question exams to help reinforce material between meetings or after the kids go to bed, before you call it a day.