Cleared PMP Exam on 20-Apr-09
PMZilla helped me in preparing for the ITTO Study Tips & Formula. No body can give them that simple.
company has started conducting series of managerial sessions and PMP
preparatory sessions. I thought of fulfilling my old dream.
I have registered myself for the examination on February 10. It took me little over 2 months to complete the examination.
My two cents:
1) You definitely need a plan to complete it. Of course, being Project manager you would definitely know it.
2) Think positive. "You Can" & "You Will"
Plan to dedicate consistent timing for the preparation. I would suggest
2-4 Hours on weekdays & 4-6 Hours on Weekends for a period of 2-3
months. Based on your comfort with the Knowledge area you can fix up
4) Complete your 35 PDU for eligibility
5) Become PMI member and apply for the examination
6) Fix up your exam day.
7) Suggested Materials: PMBOK, Headfirst Labs, Rita Mulachy, Kim Heldman
Above list is given with my order of importance. PMBOK is ultimate.
Please ignore suggestions of reading only other study materials without
it. Headfirst series is excellent starter. If it was not that book i
would have taken much more time to think about preparing for this
examination. Rita's book is good on the questions in the end of the
chapter. Kim's book will help you to look into the subject based on
process area. Remember, exam assess you based on process area.
a)Go through Headfirst PMP once, just like any fiction book Just understanding the content.
b)Start with PMBOK covering one process at a time, Closely covering the same process in Rita
c) Try solving the questions in Rita's material for the same process
d) Start and complete your study with integration process
e) Go through KIM as suggested for Headfirst. Try to resolve questions in end of the chapters.
9) Suggested Mock Exams: (The percentage will indicate that you are ready for the actual exam)
a) PM Study Practice Exams(70%-80%)
b) Headfirst Practice Exams (80%-90%)
c) Oliver Tests(60%-70%)
d) Rita Fastrack(70%-80%)
Except for Rita all other exams are free. Headfirst is extremely easy.
Spare it for trying when your confidence level is down. Oliver is on
the other end.. extremely difficult spare it when you are
over-confident. Other two are really close to exam. Please don't forget
nothing is similar to exam. PMP Exams are exclusive in their own style.
Start taking your examinations once you are done with the study
materials. Based, on the area where you are scoring low you can start
looking into PMBOK/RITA/Kim Material.
11)Week before the exam:
Start looking into notes like Rajarani, Don Kim, JimBOK etc., They will
really help you to wrapup for the examination. Please take 3-5 days off
before the examination based on your office priorities. This time is
extremely important for getting confident about your preparation.
12) Common Pitfalls:
a) Just start preparing. You can do it. If you think about it a lot, you will never do it.
b) Don't get scared about memorizing ITTO. It is not mandatory. (If you
are the one who can memorise a lot.. you can.. nothing wrong )
c) Don't follow all the free materials available on net. Just check the
authenticity of the materials with sites like PMhub. You can get to
know about them by just browsing through the forums.
13) Suggestion for Exam Day:
a) Have a good nite sleep.
b) Have your food before going to the exam. My exam centre has not allowed me to access the food in locker
c) Reach the exam centre 30 minutes before schedule.
d) Stay calm before starting exam
e) Take your memory dump for formulae & page 70. (Really, if you
have prepared well you will never even look into them)
f) Take breaks (No. of breaks can be planned in your mock exam time)
g) Hurray!! You Cleared it.. Don't forget to distribute sweets and write lessons learned.
the examination i had a sense of emptiness that i will not look into
this study materials again too often. It's that love which you will
develop with PMBOK in preparation.
Let me sign-off giving special Thanks to my wife and daughters. They tolerated with my kranky behaviour while preparation and forego few weekend outings for me.
Those who are preparing please remember that PMBOK is changing from 1st July and start preparing.
All the very best for your examination.