Passed on my 2nd Attempt!!
I passed the PMP on my 2nd attempt Monday June 17th; so relieved and thrilled!! It was a rough ride.
The long journey began in January. It took approx. 50 hrs. to complete the application thoroughly. Next in mid-Feb. I purchased RMC’s FASTrack (FT) exam software and book then began diligently working through the book answering all the end of chapter questions. After this I had to take a one month break to close on my house and move into an apartment. I picked back up my studies in early April and took all knowledge area quizzes twice in FT. I didn’t do that good in the FT quizzes averaging around 70% +/- so when I took my 1st full length 4 hr. timed practice exam was thrilled I scored 77.5% and thought it was all starting to come together. When I took the 2nd full length FT practice several days before sitting for the real exam I maintained that score plus a little higher at 79.5%. With these results I felt pretty confident going into the real exam until I got about 30 questions into the real exam then realized something had horribly gone wrong in my preparation. Halfway through I had a bad feeling already that I was not going to make it and I did not. That was on May 6th. After a few days I began general searching on the web and came across PMZilla thanks God then started studying even more focused for attempt #2.
In Monday’s actual exam #2 I didn’t think the exam questions were overly wordy or long however not easy to crack either. I had to read most questions twice to narrow down to the 2 best options. I skipped trying to solve 3 long network diagram questions as I knew they would take 3-5 min. each and instead saved that time to get thru all 200 questions before time ran out which turned out to be a wise strategy. I took just one 5 min. restroom break with a little over an hour left then with just 3 minutes left I made a quick check that all Qs were answered and they were.
I never had time to make an official “2nd pass” but that was ok because I did the work to the best of my knowledge the first time through like Crosby says. So my 2nd pass effectively was combined with the 1st. I did not have time to solve the 3 network diagrams plus two other simple looking EV calcs. where something seemed astray. Hence my mark was the lowest in MC however overall this strategy paid huge dividends as I brought up my IN, EX and CL scores so I overall cleared the exam!!