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Brain Sensei: PMP Training Review [2020]

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Are you considering Brain Sensei for your PMP training? This review will help you understand if it’s the right online project management course for you.

Product: Brain Sensei

Certification: Project Management Professional (PMP

Cost: $499.99 USD for 6 months access

Are you interested in gaining your PMP certification before the exam changes? Brain Sensei could be the perfect course for you. Let’s find out!

Overview of Brain Sensei PMP Training

Brain Sensei is a PMP Exam Prep Course, but it’s unlike other courses I’ve seen or taken because it is based in feudal Japan. Plus, the main character is a female Samurai.

When I went through the first Module I was drawn in from the beginning — who doesn’t want to be the project manager who rallies the community to build a castle to protect our children and the village?

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It’s online video-based training and it’s really well put together. It actually made me want to learn about process groups, which is a rare thing. I can’t resist a puzzle.


Highly interactive

There is a lot of content to read on screen but it’s built on the Articulate platform and it’s highly interactive.

If you aren’t sure what that means, it means you get to touch the screen, select options, do self-assessment quizzes, drag and drop and all those kind of things.

Interactivity means you are more likely to remember what you’re learning, which should increase your chances of passing the exam. Having to engage with the materials means you improve your recall, apparently.

Test your skills

There are also built-in self assessments, so you can assess your progress as you go. I don’t know about you, but I always like to know how I am doing.

There are also 4 full practice exams (over 900 questions). It’s so important to know what it feels like to sit in a chair for the length of a full exam and manage your time.

module self-assessments

Complete PMP content

There are 8 modules, and it’s a full PMP® training course that covers everything right from the beginning. The lessons are short.

Study in 2 months

The course online help section says most people complete the material in 1-2 months which is perfect if you are trying to squash your PMP studies into a short time frame.

The fact that you can access the materials on your tablet or phone makes it easy to fit your study into your busy life.


Spelling mistakes

I can’t help but spot them! There aren’t loads, but if you normally find spelling and grammar mistakes jumping off the page at you, you’ll see them.

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You’ll have to decide if you can live with those or whether it would distract you too much from learning.

Slow page load times

Some of the pages took a while to load. This probably says more about my internet connection on the shocking wifi in our house than the product, but do make sure you’ve got a decent connection before you start a study session — as you would with any online training course.

6 months access

You only get access to the course materials for 6 months.

Actually, this is an advantage, because if you can’t motivate yourself to study and sit the exam in 6 months, then PMP probably isn’t for you.

If you do want access to the materials for longer, I expect you could reach out to the provider for an extension (and there may be a fee for this). However, you really should be aiming to study and take the exam within a fixed time period. The deadline on access to the training helps focus the mind.

Requires Flash on desktop

I checked out Brain Sensei on my laptop and I should let you know that you need to enable Flash to make it work. However, Brain Sensei is optimized to work on your phone and tablet, so you are able to continue studying wherever you are.

I used to only want to study on my laptop, but more and more I am turning to my iPad for online learning. Then I can watch the videos with wireless headphones while I cook dinner or do something else in the house, and it feels like some learning is going in!

Try Brain Sensei PMP training for free

The first module, which is the project management overview, is free so you can see the training style. If you’re about to embark on your PMP exam prep then you should check it out on the Brain Sensei websiteAffiliate pixel.

The sample gives you a sense of what the full course material is going to be like. You’ll get a taste of the full PMP prep course, and be in a better position to make an informed decision about whether this is the course for you.

I say it’s definitely worth checking out!

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Brain Sensei vs PM PrepCast

I’ve long used products from Cornelius Fichtner of The Project Management PrepCast fame for my own professional development. So how does Brain Sensei compare to the PM PrepCast?

Brain Sensei videos are animated and interactive. The PM PrepCast videos aren’t — they are totally different. You get Cornelius as your instructor talking you through the concepts with a slide presentation instead of the cartoon characters in Brain Sensei.

If you think cartoon characters are going to annoy you after a while, and you want to know there’s a ‘real’ instructor behind your training, then The PM PrepCast would be a better choice.

If you need to click the screen to stay engaged with your learning, then the interactive elements of Brain Sensei might be better for you.

The PM PrepCast has a huge community behind it and active forums, so you can always ask a question. I don’t think Brain Sensei has that, although it does have social media profiles and the guys always get back to you if you get in touch via the help button.

Brain Sensei Help Button
  • Both provide 35 contact hours.
  • Both cover the full range of things you need to know for the exam.
  • Both are Registered Education Providers with PMI.
  • Both offer a huge amount of study material and practice questions.

It’s a personal preference. I don’t want to tell you which one to buy as everyone is different, but know that they are both top quality courses and whichever one you go for, you’ll end up prepared for the exam if you put in the work.

Summary: Is Brain Sensei PMP Training Good?

I’ve never seen a PMP training course with so much interactivity and engagement built into the course materials. Studying feels easy. The storyline is great. I was worried the cartoon-y-ness would feel infantilizing but I didn’t get that sense from it at all.

It’s a cost-effective course (although the Project Management PrepCast is slightly cheaper).

If you learn well through video but need a good story to keep you engrossed in the material, this course will be perfect to help you prepare for the PMP® exam.

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Brain Sensei is a good online PMP Exam Prep course. It's highly interactive and cost-effective. Recommended!

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About Elizabeth Harrin

Elizabeth HarrinElizabeth Harrin is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management in the UK and the award-winning blogger behind A Girl's Guide To Project Management. She's passionate about demystifying project management and making tools and techniques work in the real world. She's also the author of several books including the PMI bestseller, Collaboration Tools for Project Managers.

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