Cleared PMP on 06/18
I'm glad to say that I obtained my PMP today. I got 4P and 1MP(Closing group).
- PMBOK - 2x and multiple skimming
- Rita Mulcahy - 1x and 1x skimming
- Rita Mulcahy Chapter-end questions
- Christopher Scordo and Kim Heldman Q&A
- Simplilearn 5 Mocks (got my 35h PDUs from Simplilearn)
- 1 PMStudy (free)
- 1 Headfirst (free)
- Farndales Q&A
- Oliver Lehman Q&A (could not cover all)
Prep Schedule: 40 days; Average 4 hours per day
Trade-offs: Since my prep duration was tight, I kept myself away from social activities; it was just my job and PMP prep for me in the last 40 days.
The penultimate 5 days: Practiced ITTO and weak areas thoroughly
The ultimate 4 hours: Really tough test in terms of establishing and maintaining concentration for 200 questions. Mock tests did provide a lot of concept coverage but real exam was different in the sense average sentences was 6-7 lines per question (one had nearly 20 lines and a table!!). None of the questions seemed out of context and there was hardly any that touched professional responsibility areas. Lots of n/w diagrams and EVMs. I could take just one 2 mins water break since time was running out and not for a single moment I had the idea how the results would pan out.
Lessons Learnt: I tried keeping my preparation simple. Devoted 75% of prep time for PMBOK. The simulated tests I took did not require more than 2.5 hours, including revision of marked questions, and towards the end of prep I scored more than 85% in couple of them. However I completed my 100th question in 120th minute in the real exam !! I used memory retention of ITTO as a measure for my exam readiness.
Key takeaways: Strength in ITTO and Calculation related areas are the primary requisite for the 4 hours and clarity in PM concepts is a pre-requisite for starting those 4 hours :)
Finally Thank you all PMZillains, for the consistent blogging that always kept me my toes and provided a health check whenever I need to have one.