Passed PMP 2nd June 1st Attempt
I passed PMP yesterday. Thanks to the PMZILLA forums for providing lot of useful information especially LL. I started studying for PMP March end and studied for 2 months with great dedication. 2hours daily and 6-8 hours on weekend. Books referred - Rita Mulcahy and Andy Crowe, not to metion PMBOK. Took lot of full length sample online tests. I also paid pmperfect for there online practice tests, they have some good set of questions very similar to actual exams. Scoring 85%+ before the exam. Also Andy Crowe 200 question test was good but i found actual exam slightly more tough then these exams - scored 90%. Also took Edwel and effectivepmc 200 questions. These 2 exams were tougher than actual exams. I scored 71% and 65% respectively but was not discouraged as I felt these were tough. Apart from these took lot of sample questions from various sites. Now here comes the real deal, the actual exam
- Not very tough, but not easy either. Will keep you on your toes. You need to concentrate hard to read between the lines and understand the ACTUAL question.
- Lots of 1 liner questions were also present to ease your nerves, but do not underestimate them as the choices could be tricky.
- Apart from 1 liners all other questions around 150 were situational based, some had easier options (1 obvious choice), mostly had 2 choices correct (Choose the best one), few there is only guess. If you know your material well and think from PMI perspective, you will get them right.
- Formula question were very easy. No need to spend and $$ for formula book. PDM was also easy and straight forward.
- Need to know each of the 42 processes really well. The reason for there existence, what they do, what they do not do and how they fit into the overall life cycle of project. Understanding the overall big picture and what fits where is important to know. Page 43 of PMBOK helps.
- DO NOT WASTE TIME IN MEMORIZING INPUT/OUTPUT. If you concentrate on the point above you will logically know I/O.
- Need to memorize TT for the processes specially Quality and Risk. But they are easy, aren't they?
- Integrated change control is the most sought after process. Practise lot of questions on it and know the process in and out.
Based on my experience, I suggest the following methodology -
- Read PMBOK first up (ou may not understand much in 1st pass)
- Read Andy Crowe to get a better understanding.
- Once you know the sequence of processes, read Rita Mulcahy to get in-depth knowledge and for extra information.
- Repeat readings as you deem fit.
- Keep practicing through mock exams (Very important).
All The best for future aspirants