Set goals and create a time line to study and take your CPSD™ Exam and either CPSM® Exam 1 (Current CPSM®s or C.P.M.s only take CPSD™ Exam; skip to step 8). We recommend you start with CPSM® Exam 1 as it helps you be more prepared for the CPSD™ Exam. Then, register and schedule your exam(s) so you stick to your schedule and are less likely to get sidetracked.
Use your score report from the Diagnostic Practice Exam (or from a previous exam) to develop a study plan to target areas you need to strengthen — areas in which you scored less than 75 percent. The score report references where to find the explanations in the CPSM® Study Guide, the ISM Professional Series and a few other resources. Make sure you take the time to match your results to the justifications and follow the bibliographic references that tell you where to find detailed explanations.
Use the CPSM® Exam 1 Study Guide, an expanded outline of the exam content, to get familiar with the exam specifications, and get examples of the testing format and styles of questions. It briefly explains the content tested in the exams within the context of each task category.
Use the CPSD™ Course Content Outline from the online course or self-study-workbook as a guide. Check off each concept as you review and understand it. Make sure to complete all the exercises, knowledge checks and the post-test within the course to prepare you for the style of questioning in the exam.