CLEARED PMP last week...study hard, stay confident and you will KILL it too - GUARANTEED
Hi All and a very Happy New Year to you!!!
Words cannot describe the feeling of passing this exhaustively difficult exam! But let me assure you, it is well worth it......and here is my journey..........
I am a PM with 7 years of hard core continues experience in a corporate environment. For about a year I wanted to get into PMP but never found time. With the demanding job that I have it is simply impossible to dedicate a quality time to this and so I worked out a strategy to get this done this Christmas!
In November I signed up for a Simplilearn course and took a week or so to get familiar with the concepts by competing the on line material. This was easy enough as lessons are well structured and not difficult to grasp. This also assisted me in my classes when took them over a week of 16/12/13. Anyways, I took the classes and immediately after started getting ready for the exam. I mean really....there is only one way to get ready for this one and that is to STUDY HARD!!! I guarantee you that no matter how much real life experience you have you will NOT pass this exam if you do not go over the material plus exam questions over and over and over again until you have absolutely no gaps in your knowledge. Basically it took me 2 full weeks over xmas where all I did all day long was study! Simplilearn have 5 x 200 questions exams and they were very good. Not too close to the real exam but good enough for you to understand all the important areas and gauge whether you are ready or not.
First week after the course I took all 5 exams once and was getting around 50% on the first one and progressed to 75% in the last one. Now, this was nowhere near enough and I knew that. I invested lots more studying in the mornings and taking exams all over again in the evenings. Week 2 I started getting upwards of 80% and averaging 84% on all of them. This is where I felt I was ready to go!
Guys, trust me......the ITTOs are huge. I can't say I know them backwards but I do have a good grasp and to be honest after passing the exam I can confidently say that if you want a guaranteed pass you better know them backwards. Earned value management is big. PERT is pretty big. Risk Management, Procurement, Maslow, McGregor, Critical Path calculation etc are a must. I recommend for you to actually understand the EV, PV, EAC rather than just memorise the formulas. There are some really tricky questions for you to figure out what they are asking you first. There are some “quick win” ones but not too many. You will find that exam is a lot harder than you think, so make sure you understand the concepts well.
Now with the strategy on the day....I did some last minute reviews in the morning and stopped about 3 hours before the exam, relaxed and went in with a clear head. OK, important - do yourself a favor and brain dump what you know in the time you saved through the tutorial. Do not take all 15 min you have available for tutorial. Go over it in 5 (plenty of time!) and dump all your formulas on one page. I wouldn’t bother with ITTO Tables etc as these will not help you but formulas will. I did that and have to say this saved me, for sure! Now, with the timing....you will most likely take around 2 min per question to start with and that is normal but then you will have to speed up as you are getting comfortable and the nerves came down bit. I was taking 3 min for the first 60 questions but then sped up and completed exam in 3.5 hours. With approx 50 questions marked I took almost exactly 4 hours to complete the review. With only 2.5 min left I finished the exam and was praying that I passed. Then came the tutorial and well deserved Congratulation!!! Having to receive 4MP and 1P I was absolutely thrilled!!! To be honest if I studied another 2 weeks I can confidently say that I would have gotten all Ps, but PASS is a PASS and having to complete the lot in about 3 weeks flat and having to sacrifice all my xmas holidays, I am happy that the hard work paid off!
There is a number of very good sites that will help you to prepare for this exam and I thought I’d share them with you here:
Attached are the iPhone apps that helped me too!
GUYS....study hard, stay confident and you will KILL it!!! I know you can do it – success is guaranteed!!!!