Cleared PMP with 5 Ps on Jan 8
First off, Thanks and thanks a ton to many unknown names and faces on this forum who have helped me, motivated me and kept my sanity in place.
Mr. Pawar, special thanks to you…
Now, I am very happy to share that I have cleared the PMP exam yesterday [Jan 08, 2013] with 5 Ps and on my first attempt. I dreamt of this day when I will be typing my LL just like most of you. Finally, I have my chance. I absolutely have a lot to share so, read on J
My Study Material –
- PMBOK 4th Edition – several times….forgot the count. Alright this is exaggeration…3 times
- Rita 6th Edition – 3 times
- Rajesh Nair notes – 2 times
- My personal notes – lot of them - once
- Scordo – 7 through 18 [Easy test until 13 score varied between 80-85%. Hard was between 75- 82%]
- PMI Study 1 – free test [82.4%]
- PMI Study 2 – paid [80.2%]
- PMI Study 3 – paid [87%]
- PMP for sure – 76%
- Head First – 85%
- Exam Central
- Tech360 – 83%
- Rita all Knowledge areas [ lowest score 75% in Risk and procurement. All others above 80%]
- Oliver Lehman 75 [80%] and 175 [75%]
- PMZilla free 30 questions
- Frank T Anbari
Note: The first time I ever took a test was on PMI’s free 30 questions I guess and I scored 58%....terrible! I know…That’s when I re-read both books once again!!
Exam Day experience: Worst!!! I was not myself at the time of test…I could not concentrate until the first 45 minutes. Why? I THINK I over read the same material from PMBOK that I was not able to focus on new questions…happens!! I remember I was on Q38 and I wasn’t sure if I was answering the questions because I understood the question or it was a fluke. I was very nervous. The moment I waited for so long was right there but I was loosing it. Either the question was too simple or too hard…my state of mind was lost. I marked 80 questions overall…..
I took my first break after 50 minutes. Went to the restroom, had a 1:1 with myself – Just asked two questions:
- Do you want to go through this ordeal again? 4 hours of test???
- Do you want to go through both books one more time?
Luckily, my mind was sane enough to say “no” to both questions ;) So, I got myself back up…went back, attempted another 55 questions… still not confident….but I was marking questions meaning that yes! I will revise those in the end…After 101 question, until 199…I knew I nailed it!! I think I had very few incorrect questions in he second half. I had 1 hour and 15 minutes left to review my marked questions from the first set of 100. I reviewed my questions and changed about 20% of those. But, in the end, it was me back on! Using my brain. Reading every question and getting confident!
So, moral of the story…Things may get loose DURING the exam, get a grip of yourself. No matter how less or hard you studied it’s all about that one day when it matters the most so get a hold of yourself and be calm!
My Feeling about the exam:
1. It’s not hard but it’s not easy. It tests you for your knowledge.
2. No cramming is good. I did a brain dump [which I don’t why I did just because so many people mentioned that on forums…I too did it]
3. I understood ITTOs – why they are used and their importance.
4. Memorized the formulas
5. I did not have any direct ITTO, perhaps 1 or 2. That’s it.
6. I don’t know what going on with Ethics has…looked like the section’s taken out.
7. The exam is highly scenario based. You cannot do it if either you don’t have industry experience or if you haven’t taken tons of scenario based questions
8. There may be questions that are really lengthy so if that throws you off, mark it and come back
9. Questions may have wording that makes no sense and you’ll be like “are you kidding me?”” so, focus on the REAL problem
10. You may be given data about math problems that’s not relevant so, don’t worry if you don’t make use of everything
11. Double check your math answers – they are sure shot a right hit! I had about 20 question from all over possible area
12. My advice, perhaps useful – READ the question. You don’t get it? RE-READ it and Re-read the choices. Ultimately, you’re answer is right there. Re-read until it all makes sense. Sometimes, you’re just not reading it right or enough!
13. The longest questions are the easiest to crack
14. Memorization is good but understanding is the key! Focus on the areas that you fail the most to get a full value
15. I took several paid PMI test and the real one [off course] I generally felt that first half was harder than the second half. But, don’t let this make any impression on yourself.
16. Please read PMBOK, It’s the bible but you definitely need something to supplement it. I did Rita, Liked her a lot! Folks recommend Head first [BTW if I hadn’t cleared the exam, I would have bought this book and read]
Be confident! You can just do it! Remember, it’s all about composure! Best of luck and if I can be of any help, that’d be my minimal contribution to the folks of this community!