Frequently Asked Questions

Cheetah PMP® Exam Prep Online Program


Overview
  • How do I get my free SmartStart™ Guide for the PMP® Exam?
  • Which Version of the PMBOK® Guide is the course based upon?
  • What are the guidelines for the PMBOK® Guide Fourth Edition exam?
  • How is the online course different from the classroom course?
  • Where and when are the PMI® PMP® Exams held?
  • Do you offer corporate rates?
  • How soon after the course ends do I have to take the PMP® exam?  
  • Does the cost of the course include the cost to take PMI®s PMP® Certification Exam?
  • What happens if I don't pass the exam?
  • PMI requires 35 hours of Project Management training before you can take the PMP® Exam - can I take this course to meet that requirement then take the exam?
  • Do you have references?
  • Why it is so important to take and pass this exam? What does the PMP® credential mean in the job market?
  • How do I get the eligibility letter from PMI® to take the PMP® Certification Exam?
  • How long does it take to get the eligibility letter to take the exam?
  • What if my procurement department requires a more detailed syllabus for the class?
  • Does this course require any pre-work before the class starts?
  • Why is this program valuable?
  • Are Cheetah Learning and PMI® Related?
  • What do I get when I register for the course?
  • What makes this class different than other classes?
  • What is your guarantee?
  • What is your cancellation/refund policy?
  • What is involved in the actual class?
  • How long is the course? (Days, Total Hours, Hours Per Day, Etc.)
  • Can I pay in installments?
  • Can you tell me if there's a down side to the accelerated PMP program? For instance, do employers look at this method of preparing for the certification less favorably than a more traditional approach?

     

    How do I get my free SmartStart™ Guide for the PMP® Exam?

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    Which version of the PMBOK® Guide is the course based upon?

    • The PMI PMP Exam will be based on the PMBOK® Guide - Fourth Edition June 30, 2009 and our toolkit and the course are currently based on the PMBOK® Guide - Fourth Edition.

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    What are the guidelines for PMI's PMP credentialing exam?

    • To pass the PMP exam, you must score and 61% or 106 out of 175 questions.

    • You may only take the exam 3 times in any one year.  If you fail 3 times, you must wait one year before you apply for eligibility to take the exam again.

    • Stringent guidelines are in place when applying for eligibility for the exam.  For example, you must show work experience in all areas: Initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling and closing.

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    How is the online course different from the classroom course?

  • Online Course Classroom Course
    Four Weeks To Prepare for the Exam Four Days to Prepare for the Exam
    Personal PMP coach available via Email PMP Coach in the classroom to answer questions in person.
    If you are unable to pass the exam on your first try, your online coach will create a personalized study plan to help you shore up your weak areas and will guide you through the process of rescheduling your exam. We reimburse you the PMI Member cost of $275.00 for one retake and can extend your online course access for another four weeks OR you can elect to take one our our scheduled U.S. classroom courses and receive a $750 discount off the published price.  You have to do all the activities for the online program to validate the guarantee. If you are unable to pass the exam on your first try, we set up a personalized study program for you. We reimburse you the PMI member fee for the exam retake ($275) and recommend you retake the exam one to two weeks after failing. Our policy is to reimburse you for the PMI member cost of the exam retake up to two times and then offer a full refund. You have to test within 7 days of completing the class and retest within 30 days of failing.
     
    You set up your own meal plans and exercise schedule to develop a peak performing mind. Everything is done for you in the class so you eat the right foods and you do light exercising throughout the day.
    You do prep activities 12 - 14 hours per week for four weeks to pass the exam You do prep activities 10 hours per day for four days to pass the exam.

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    Where and when are the PMI PMP Exams held?

    The PMI PMP Exam is held at a Prometric Testing Centers.  They are located in every state  in the US, and in many countries.

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    Do you offer corporate rates?

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    How soon after the course ends do I have to take the PMP exam?

    • You must take the exam within 3 days after completing the Cheetah Exam Prep for the PMP       (4-week) Online Course. The Program is is divided into two sections. The first part, you register with PMI to take the exam, learn how to effectively prepare for the exam, set up your exam study schedule, and schedule you exam four weeks out. You can not start the second part of the program, which is the exam prep part of the course, until you have your exam scheduled. So, you have to take the PMP exam within three days after you complete the second course. You have four weeks to access the second part of the program and to work with your personal PMP coach. We do this because we have found many qualified people do not become PMPs for the simple reason that they procrastinate. The Cheetah Exam Prep for the PMP (4-week) Online Course is set up so people can easily do the 12 to 14 hours of the exam prep work each week and after four weeks, successfully pass the PMP exam. 

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    Does the cost of the course include the cost to take PMI's PMP Certification Exam?

    • No it does not include the cost of PMI's PMP Certification Exam.

    • PMI & Cheetah Learning are separate organizations.  Cheetah Learning provides the course, but PMI provides the PMP test.

    • PMI requires the PMI exam application to be completed by the individual requesting to take the PMP certification exam. 

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    What happens if I don't pass the exam?

    • With our guarantee for the Cheetah Exam Prep for the PMP Online Program, we reimburse you the PMI Member cost of $275.00 for one retake and can extend your online course access for an additional four weeks.

    • You can either retake the exam or elect to take one our our scheduled U.S. classroom courses and receive a $750 discount off the published price. 

    • You have to retest within 30 days of failing.

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    PMI requires 35 hours of Project Management training before you can apply to take the PMP® Exam - can I take this course to meet that requirement then take the exam?

    • Yes - Cheetah Learning is a PMI® Registered Education Provider and included with your paid registration is a required pre-course that when successfully completed will satisfy the 35 contact hours of PM training required for PMI's PMP Certification Eligibility Application. If you are going to use the pre-course to satisfy the 35 contact hours of Project Management training, you must first successfully complete the pre-course and all assignments to the satisfaction of your online coach and receive a course completion certificate PRIOR to submitting your application to PMI.

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    Do you have references?

    • You can review testimonials, check out our client list, and if you'd like, a number of our students and in-house clients would be happy to talk about their experience with our program.
       

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    Why it is so important to take and pass this exam? What does the PMP credential mean in the job market?

    • For people who hold the PMP credential, companies are assured that the person who is doing the role of "project manager" has passed a rigorous industry standard test regarding the basic knowledge necessary for the job of project management.
    •   Also, only people with the necessary credentials are eligible to take the exam so it ensures that if you hire someone with a PMP credential, they are already pre-screened for the experience necessary to be a project manager. The Free Toolkit has more information about experience required for the exam.
       

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    How do I get the eligibility letter from PMI to take the PMP Certification Exam?

    • You can apply for the eligibility letter to take the certification exam right on the PMI website. (http://www.pmi.org)
    • You can either become a member of PMI or you can just apply for the exam. We recommend becoming a member first.
       

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    How long does it take to get the eligibility letter to take the exam?

    • It takes 10 to 14 days from when PMI receives your exam application.
    •   You can apply on PMI’s website (http://www.pmi.org).  You can apply by mail – but the turnaround time is much faster if you apply online.
       

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    What if my procurement department requires a more detailed syllabus for the class?

    • We have a detailed course syllabus on our website that provides in depth overviews of the material covered on every each week in this program. Download a copy you can print out and give to your procurement department.

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    Does this course require any pre-work before the class starts?

    • This course is divided into two parts.  The first section is your pre-work section where you apply for your eligibility letter with PMI, learn how to most effectively study, set up your study schedule, and schedule your exam.  It is a total solution - you just start the course with no preparation and we take you through all the steps to take the PMP exam immediately after the class ends.
       

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    Why is this program valuable?
     

    • People who take this course consider this one of the best experiences of their lives.
    • It is a guaranteed way to get your PMP certification.  We assume all the risk so you can focus on learning the material and PASS the exam. 
    • You will receive a confirmation email with a link to begin your pre-course.
    • You gain life long skills on how to improve your mental performance so you do well on the PMP exam, but you also improve the way you pursue other goals as well.  
    • You're provided the knowledge and confidence that comes from following a well proven path to obtain your PMP certification. 

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    Are Cheetah Learning and PMI Related?
     

    • No, PMI & Cheetah Learning are separate organizations. Cheetah Learning provides the course, but PMI provides the test.
    • You can apply for the Certification Exam on PMI’s website (http://www.pmi.org).

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    What do I get when I register for the course?
     

    • We guarantee you will pass the PMP exam after just four weeks of guided self-study.  
    • We have the highest internally documented and audited pass rate in the industry.
    • Other methods (and courses) just teach how to get ready for the exam and many recommend up to 180 hours of additional preparation after the instruction.  This is a complete solution - you learn how to study, then you study, then you take the exam.
    • Each student has their own personal PMP coach for six weeks.
    • Developed by leaders in accelerated learning, memory and instant recall, and project management professionals.  

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    What makes this class different than other classes?

    • Cheetah Learning is a PMI Registered Education Provider and is also a member of International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) who has approved our organization to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
    • The Cheetah Exam Prep® for the PMP® online program works very well for most people.  If, however, you are unable to pass the exam on your first try, we set up a personalized study program for you. 
    • Our policy is to reimburse you the PMI member fee for one exam retake ($275) or give a substantial discount for the classroom course. (We haven't had to this too often or we wouldn't be in business)
    • Our PMP® online coaches customize their coaching to each students individual learning preferences.
    • It works - our students take the actual PMP exam right after the four week guided self-study program.  They do not have to do any additional studying - either before or after our course.  No other program offers this approach even though they may claim that they are "like" Cheetah and offer comparisons. 

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     What is your guarantee?

    • We guarantee that you will pass the PMP exam after participating in our online accelerated PMP exam preparation program.
    • You must complete all the course work AND take the exam immediately (within 3 days) after completing the four week exam prep section of the program.
    • If you are unable to pass the exam on your first try, your online coach will create a personalized study plan to help you shore up your weak areas, guide you through the process of rescheduling your exam and can also extend your online course access for another four weeks.  
    • The second exam must be taken within 30 days of the first exam.
    • We reimburse the PMI member fee for one exam retake ($275) or you can elect to take one our our scheduled U.S. classroom courses and receive a $750 discount off the published price. 

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     What is your cancellation/refund policy?

    • We provide very detailed outlines of what is involved with our program and give prospective students ample opportunities through direct contact with former students to explore whether this program is right for them.  Therefore, once someone has commenced our program, we cannot give a refund. 
    • We do not extend the time to complete the course work, unless the student has a death in their immediate family as verified by a valid death certificate.  In that situation, we let them stop studying and restart the course when they are ready.  The online course is set up so people can easily fit the 12 to 14 hours of course work per week into even the busiest of schedules.  This is not a course for people who are on the fence with pursuing their PMP credential. 

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    What is involved in the actual online course?
     

    • You learn and apply well proven accelerated learning techniques to ensure you are able to take and pass the PMP after four weeks of guided self study.
    • You learn mnemonics for instant recall of key PM concepts for the exam. 
    • You learn advanced highly effective test taking strategies for the PMP Certification Exam
    • You take weekly baseline exams and do supplemental exam questions after every PMBOK® Guide content area (550+ test questions to prepare you for the actual exam).
    • You learn and do rapid synthesis techniques for understanding the PMBOK® Guide content (the overall PM Framework and all 9 PM Knowledge areas) you need to know for the exam.
    • You use accelerated learning study aids to improve your ability to instantly recall PMBOK® Guide content and other key PM concepts for the exam.
    • You use advanced psycho-acoustic technology to effortlessly learn and remember key concepts for the exam and to improve your concentration and focus while taking the exam.
    • You do a number of relaxation exercises to ensure that you can maintain your concentration and focus through the course and in the exam.
    • During the four weeks of guided self-study, you do highly interactive activities that are all designed to ensure your success with passing the PMP certification exam.
    • Many people comment that this course is the most invigorating, positive, and educational experience of their entire academic careers.
    • The online program is divided into two parts.  The first part is a pre-course where you get ready to study.  The second part of the course, you follow a four week guided self-study program where you interact with your personal PMP coach as needed to grasp all the key concepts. 

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    How long is the course? (Days, Total Hours, Hours Per Day, Etc.)
     

    • The online program which consists of two parts is six weeks.  The first part that lasts up to two weeks is a series of pre-course activities.  During this part of the course you file your PMP eligibility application, memorize the memory maps for the course, set up a peak performing mind menu and exercise plan, set up your study schedule coordinated with the people who will be impacted by you studying for 12 to 14 hours each week for 4 weeks, and you schedule your PMP exam.  You have up to two weeks to do the pre-course activities, but you can start the second part of the course as soon as you complete all the pre-course activities.  The second part of the program is a four week guided self-study program where you spend 12 to 14 hours a week doing a set of prescribed activities that will ensure you can pass the PMP exam.  You can do the course faster and take the exam quicker if you'd like.  You have to take the exam within a three days of completing the course work.
    • We do not let people start the second part of the program until they have their exam scheduled after their four week guided self-study.  We do this so that people go through the course and become PMP certified.

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    Can I pay in installments?
     

    • We are evaluating several financial institutions who may handle the financing aspects of installment payments.  At this time, people who require an installment approach need to charge the course to their credit cards or get financing through their financial institution.  
    • Most people who take this course can write it off on their taxes, can charge a higher hourly rate for their services, can command a higher salary if they are employed, or can find a job easier if they are unemployed.  It’s a safe bet that charging this course will provide a very fast return on investment.  This is not the same as charging a “depreciating asset” such as Christmas gifts or a vacation.

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    Can you tell me if there is a downside to the accelerated PMP program? For instance, do employees look at this method of preparing for the certification less favorably than a more traditional approach?  

    • Since most people know how difficult this exam is - it is seen as a huge accomplishment to self study for and pass the exam in just four weeks.  Our students report that it actually puts them a notch above the other people in their organizations who had to study for six months.  And it should.  In the market if a company took six months to get a product to market vs. a company that took a month to get the same product to market - which company would have greater market share and the higher stock price?