1st Attempt Fail. Not sure what now.
After studying for about 3 months and 10+ hours per week, I finally took the PMP exam. 1st try and fail. I can say I was utterly unprepared for this exam. I realized this after about the first 25 questions into test. You clearly see from the test results how unprepared I was:
Initiation - below proficient
Planning - below proficient
Executing - moderately proficient
Monitor/Controlling - below proficient
Closing - moderately proficient
My total study is about 12 weeks * 10 hours = 360 hours, including mock tests. I used pmchamp but the videos just weren't for me. After some time I switched to the Head First book. I like this book and scored in the low 70s first try on the Head First test. That was after reading the entire book. Then I started taking the 25 question exams on BrainBOK. After a little more reading in the Head First book, I took another exam. This time scoring in mid 80s. In BrainBOK, I was often scoring over 61% on the 25q exams. I bought a BrainBOK 200q exam. I scored just over 50%. This exam seemed very difficult to me but from what I understand, it isn't as difficult as the real exam and over 50% means you will most likely pass the real test. The real test was way more difficlut than BrainBOK and Head First was just to simple.
I did not use Rita or Crowe. If I had taken probably two other full PMP mock tests (and more difficult than Head First), it would have confirmed I was not ready. I would have then purchased Rita and Crowe, as those are the last two resources I'm aware that people highly recommend.
Given the low level of PMP knowledge I'm at now, I'm not sure if I should push forward. I don't know how much studying is required to get me to a passing level or which materials to go after. I'm unsure where to find mock exams to choose that are at the real exam's difficulty level. These will be crucial to know if my current level has risen. If I can have some idea on how much studying I will need (I know a lot) time line wise and get the right materials, I will feel confident about a plan to get a passing score on the 2nd try. I do not have a lot of project management experience. Certainly not covering all the various scenarios in the PMP exam. I will have to rely more on materials to pass.
Would like to hear from those who have passed on what they beleive is good material. Also, where do you see the major flaw(s) in my approach (study plan) to the first exam.