Cleared PMP on 8th Sep'09
It gives me immense pleasure in announcing that I have cleared PMP exam today in 1st attempt. Got Moderately proficient in Initiation, Execution and M/C; and below proficient in Planning and Professional ethics. Whatever the score or rating, I was much relieved and relaxed on seeing those magical word "Congratulations" on the screen.
One piece of advice to all PMP aspirants: I had a dilemma before attending the exam regarding questions being asked on the 3rd edition still or entirely on 4th edition (i think i put up my concern here at forum also), lemme tell you the questions are not fully refreshed. You still find language and options based on 3rd edition which makes things all the more confusing and complicated. I had an advantage since I had started to prepare in end May'09 on 3rd edition without knowing that the last date to give exam on 3rd edition would be 30th Jun. So i had made all my notes and done my preparation of ITTO's for 3rd edition and later realising my mistake since i was not fully prepared for exam by 30th June. Then i started 4th edition, since there were not major differences except in ITTO's here and there and verb-noun format. I was told my few of my friends to concentrate totally on 4th edition, but I had my doubts. And they proved to be right on the exam...for eg: you still find options as PMM (proj mgmt methodology) as one of the tool where as in 4th edition, no process has PMM as a tool. There is nothing like request seller response and select seller responses process in 4th edition, but you still get questions on those. Believe you me, I was really getting frustrated in seeing those mistakes considering that this was a real exam and the corrections were still not done. So my earlier study of 3rd edition proved to be useful here since I could corelate the stuff a little and then answers. Then you still find questions on AOA/ADM where as it's removed in 4th edition. So be careful and I would suggest all of you to atleast give one or 2 reading on the ITTO's of 3rd edition. No need to mug up....If possible mug up 4th edition ITTO's. I was able to grasp 90% of ITTO's with lot of re-re-re-revisions. In the exam before start, I could jot down all ITTO's in 12 min time (just to keep as a ready reckoner with me). Next 3 minutes, i wrote down the formulas & the made the process chart.
So in nutshell, I would like to sum up PMP exam as: 50% as english/conceptual exam, 25% on your work/industry exp. and rest 25% PMI-ism concepts.
Thanks to all of you there, who helped me in clearing some of my doubts here with your valuable suggestions. Godammitt....I don't believe, I am a PMP now yipeeeeee...