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Two Methods to Calculate the Forward and Backward Passes in a Network Diagram

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Two Methods to Calculate the Forward and Backward Passes in a Network Diagram by Jeffrey S. Nielsen, PMP How do you calculate starts and finishes for your project activities? If you are like most project managers, you use project scheduling software to perform the calculations—the software does the work for you. For the PMP® exam, however, you need to know how to perform these calculations without the aid of software.

Tips for the Worried Test Taker

I am a worried test taker; what should I do? There are a number of things that you can do to be more comfortable (if it is ever possible to be comfortable with taking a test). I will address some of the most important things, as well as some you may not have thought about.

First you want to make a list of things that are worrying you about the exam, the test center, the study process, etc. The longer the list, the better it will be. Why the longer the better? I look at it from the standpoint that a long list is more inclusive, and if you can deal with the longer list first, smaller or less important items will remain. Once you have the list, go through it point by point and decide if the item will significantly bother you in getting ready for the exam. Put the items in priority order, and address the ones at the top of the list.

As these big problems are identified and addressed, you will begin to feel more comfortable with the entire process. Let’s look at some of the things that will make your test-taking experience more rewarding. Did I just say rewarding? YES! Let’s start to think of this experience as a fun and exciting opportunity. I want to look specifically at attitude, possible surprises, testing, and checklists.
Positive Attitude First and most important is to put a good light on your objective. Looking at the experience as an opportunity will help you see the benefits and focus on the positive aspects.

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