Cleared PMP on first attempt
Dear PMP Aspirants,
I am glad to share that I took my PMP exam on 09 Mar, 2015 and passed the exam on my first attempt. I would like to share some of my experiences and lessons learned from my preparation days:
- Prepare like a professional and not like a student. For me it was virtually impossible to cram all the ITTOs in the PMBOK 5th edition. So I would suggest that you try to understand the situations in which a particular tool or technique would come in handy. Try to plug them in to situations that you have faced in your work experience. During my preparation I came cross youtube videos from Richard Kraneis. I found the videos very helpful and easy to understand. There are other useful material available on Richard's website which you might find useful. Some of the links which I tried are:
- Next, I would recommend that you study as many questions as possible during your preparation. I tried the free test from Simplilearn, PMStudy and questions on Oliver Lehmann's web site (both 75 and 175). I also purchased Oliver Lehmann's app which provides 553 questions, this is really helpful for studying on the go. Studying these questions helped me focus on the ITTOs that I was getting confused with while answering the test questions
- Reading the PMBOK multiple times will not guarantee success in the exam, as the exam is completely situation based. So, I would recommend that you try to relate whatever you study to the projects that you have handled in your workplace
- I did not spend any extra money on taking coaching classes. Just read the PMBOK, took practice tests and made notes for each knowledge area. Making notes is a good aid for last minute revision
- It is really important to train yourself to sit and focus for 4 hours. You will really need the entire 4 hours to attempt all questions on the test. So sleep well the night before the test and stay well hydrated
- 2-3 months of continuous preparation is ideal for the test. I would not recommend preparing for 5-6 months as it is very likely to lose focus over that time duration
- Always believe that you can clear the exam. The questions on the exam are pretty simple when compared to the practie tests that you would take. Just be confident about your preparation and you will clear the test
These are some of the points that I could think of. Please feel free to ask me any questions that could help you with your preparation, i would be glad to answer.
Wishing you all the best with your preparation and exam!